THE BEAT GOES ON FOR AMBROSE, No. 59 KINGSFORD FORD AT RICHMOND RICHMOND, Va. -- A two-day delay for the Emerson 250 couldn't slow down Marcos Ambrose and the No. 59 Kingsford with Hickory Ford Sunday night at the Richmond International ...
THE BEAT GOES ON FOR AMBROSE, No. 59 KINGSFORD FORD AT RICHMOND
RICHMOND, Va. -- A two-day delay for the Emerson 250 couldn't slow down Marcos Ambrose and the No. 59 Kingsford with Hickory Ford Sunday night at the Richmond International Raceway.
Tropical Storm Hanna forced a two-day delay in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Ambrose returned to the three-quarter-mile track and posted a 13th-place finish, the team's 13th Top-20 effort in the last 14 races.
"We got the fenders knocked in a couple times by other drivers, but we never gave up," Ambrose said. "We made the most of our opportunities and brought our Kingsford Ford home with a solid finish. It was a good day for the points race, so we'll go into the off weekend with a lot of momentum."
Ambrose improved to ninth in the Nationwide Series standings. Coupled with a victory at Watkins Glen, N.Y., last month, the is on course of accomplishing its season-long goals of winning a race and finishing in the Top 10.
Ambrose was 20th in the rankings after the March race at Bristol, Tenn. JTG Daugherty Racing has improved 11 spots in the standings in the next 23 races, buoyed by 13 Top-20 finishes in the last 14 races.
"We've really hit our stride during the second half of the season," Ambrose said. "We've got seven races and there's still time to work our way up in the standings. It's been a battle just to get there. Now that we're there and we're a Top-10 threat every week, we're working even harder to improve on it."
The starting lineup at Richmond was based on the car owner standings since qualifying was rained out by Hanna. Ambrose started 16th and was running in the Top 10 in the final 25 laps before falling back to a 13th-place finish.
"We got pinched into the wall midway in the race and we had another run-in later that knocked the fenders in," Crew Chief Gary Cogswell said. "That hurt the car a little bit. Marcos did everything he could to hold on. I think it still reflects how far this team has come. We worked through some adversity and still got a 13th-place finish out of it. And in the process, we managed to move up one spot in the standings. All things considered, not a bad day."
The team will return to work Sept. 20 at the Dover International Speedway for the Camping World RV 200.