BUSCH: St. Louis: Marcos Ambrose race report

AMBROSE TOILS AWAY FOR 18TH AT GATEWAY Marcos Ambrose endured one of the toughest days in his NASCAR Busch Series career but still managed to finish 18th in the Gateway 250 in Madison today. Ambrose started to go backwards from the opening...

AMBROSE TOILS AWAY FOR 18TH AT GATEWAY

Marcos Ambrose endured one of the toughest days in his NASCAR Busch Series career but still managed to finish 18th in the Gateway 250 in Madison today.

Ambrose started to go backwards from the opening laps and slipped from his qualifying spot of 14th to be 30th and a lap down by lap 45 of the 200-lap contest in his Aussie Vineyards-backed #59 Kingsford Charcoal Ford Fusion.

While obviously out of race contention at that stage, Ambrose battled away lap after lap and stayed out of plenty of late-race carnage to fight his way back to 18th spot.

The result has enabled him to maintain his place in the series' top 10 and second place in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings behind David Ragan, who finished fifth today.

Reed Sorenson won today's race from Scott Wimmer and David Reutimann.

Ambrose will be back in action next weekend in the Kroger 200 at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis on July 28.

Marcos Ambrose -- Aussie Vineyards-backed #59 Kingsford Charcoal Ford Fusion

"We had a decent car all weekend, but had some problems throughout the night," said Ambrose.

"This is a tough track and it was hard getting a good run with all the cautions in the last part of the race.

"We were OK when we started, then we went two laps down after our first pit stop, we were hoping to get the laps back and even the Lucky Dog, but the long green flag didn't give us the opportunity.

"It was hard to get the lap back. We struggled throughout the race, but hopefully we can get the car in good running condition for next week's race at Indy."

-credit: team australia

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Marcos Ambrose , Scott Wimmer , David Ragan , Reed Sorenson