Indy ORP: Marcos Ambrose race report

AMBROSE IN WRONG PLACE AT WRONG TIME IN No. 59 KINGSFORD FORD FONTANA, Calif. -- Marcos Ambrose had a fast race car for Saturday night's Camping World RV Service 300 at the Auto Club Speedway. The only thing missing was a little timing. The No.

AMBROSE IN WRONG PLACE AT WRONG TIME IN No. 59 KINGSFORD FORD

FONTANA, Calif. -- Marcos Ambrose had a fast race car for Saturday night's Camping World RV Service 300 at the Auto Club Speedway. The only thing missing was a little timing.

The No. 59 Kingsford with Hickory Ford got caught out of pit sequence twice during the main event, turning a possible Top-10 finish into a 15th-place effort.

"We lost two laps in the pits," Ambrose said after posting his 12th Top-20 finish in his last 13 races. "We were just out of position. We were in the wrong place at the wrong time. We had a car that was capable of running in the Top 10. When you're making green-flag stops like we did, sometimes it works in your favor, sometimes it doesn't. This time, it didn't."

Ambrose was on pit road on two different occasions when the caution flag waved. That allowed the other lead-lap contenders to make their stops under the yellow. It also put Ambrose a lap down.

"It's frustrating when you've got a fast car but you're luck on pit road is off," said crew chief Gary Cogswell. "We did what we could to make up the lost ground, but two laps is too much to expect. We ran with the leaders in the second half, so we have to take that satisfaction and move on to Richmond."

Ambrose remained 10th in the Nationwide Series points. He's 54 points from taking JTG Daugherty Racing to eighth place.

"With everything that happened, it still was a good night for the points," Ambrose said. "It wasn't a standout point as far as our timing on pit road, but every night isn't going to be great. A lot of great cars were a lap down. The cautions all came at the wrong time for us. That's all.

"Some days things go your way and other times it doesn't."

Ambrose started 12th. In retrospect, the bad timing on pit road only cost the team a couple spots. "We still finished 15th," Ambrose said. "It's not a Top-10 like we wanted, but considering everything we had to work through, we made the most of our opportunities. The important thing was we didn't lose anything in the points. We gained points. With a little better luck, it could have been even better."

-credit: jtgr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Marcos Ambrose
Teams JTG Daugherty Racing