LATE RACE TYRE TROUBLES HAMPER AMBROSE IN PHOENIX A late-race tyre drama has prevented Marcos Ambrose from jumping up one spot in the NASCAR Nationwide Series standings in the Hefty Odor Block 200 at Phoenix International Raceway in Phoenix, ...
LATE RACE TYRE TROUBLES HAMPER AMBROSE IN PHOENIX
A late-race tyre drama has prevented Marcos Ambrose from jumping up one spot in the NASCAR Nationwide Series standings in the Hefty Odor Block 200 at Phoenix International Raceway in Phoenix, Arizona today.
Ambrose was sitting just outside the top 10 in the final stint of the race when a tyre failure sent the #59 Kingsford Tailgate Ford Fusion into the wall.
The Australian visited pit lane for repairs and brought his car home in 24th position. The finish means that Ambrose maintains 10th place in the series standings with just one race remaining next weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, but before the contact Ambrose was poised to jump into ninth in points.
It had been a solid race for Ambrose, who qualified in 29th position but quickly improved his position as the race wore on. The 32-year-old ran in the top 10 during the middle stages of the race and sat in 12th after his final scheduled pit stop.
Carl Edwards won today's Hefty Odor Block 200 ahead of polesitter Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick.
Ambrose will make his 10th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start in the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 in Phoenix tomorrow, after running 38th and 39th fastest today in the two Sprint Cup practice sessions held.
Ambrose will start from 18th place aboard the #47 Little Debbie Toyota Camry of Michael Waltrip Racing, his best Sprint Cup qualifying performance on an oval.
"We were on track to get the job done before the tyre wrecked us," said Ambrose.
"I think we were on course to get into ninth in points, but we have another chance for that next weekend in Homestead.
"It's a pity, because we were running our own race and looking to bring it home in the top 10. We were close, but I'm going to try and not lose too much sleep over this because I've got a big race tomorrow in the Cup car."