Charlotte II: Marcos Ambrose race report

AMBROSE HAS SOLID FINISH IN CHARLOTTE DESPITE ENGINE PROBLEMS Marcos Ambrose has collected a solid 22nd place finish despite suffering from an engine problem in the NASCAR Banking 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina ...

AMBROSE HAS SOLID FINISH IN CHARLOTTE DESPITE ENGINE PROBLEMS

Marcos Ambrose has collected a solid 22nd place finish despite suffering from an engine problem in the NASCAR Banking 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina today.

Ambrose maintains his 17th place in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points standings, having held that position for 10 consecutive weeks.

Ambrose looked on track for a standout result, having qualified in 13th position and posted the seventh fastest time in final practice aboard his #47 Clorox-backed JTG Daugherty Racing entry.

But after a strong start where he rose to ninth place, early in the race Ambrose's car developed an engine problem, robbing him of any chance of a top 10 finish.

The Australian soldiered on to finish as the first car one lap down, but noted that his car was handling well, boding well for the next time his team uses this chassis, which was brand new for this race.

Ambrose has now finished 23rd or better for the last eight races, all part of an encouraging first full season in the top-level Sprint Cup Series.

Jimmie Johnson extended his points lead by winning tonight's NASCAR Banking 500 in Charlotte, North Carolina ahead of Matt Kenseth and Kasey Kahne.

Ambrose and the rest of the Sprint Cup Series field will be back in action next weekend at Martinsville Speedway for the TUMS Fast Relief 500.

WHAT MARCOS HAD TO SAY --

"The car was very good today, so it's frustrating," said Ambrose.

"It felt like there was something wrong with the engine from early on in the race.

"We need to get it back to the workshop and run it on the dyno to see what is wrong.

"The car was great. Early on it was close to perfect and later on we had to work on it a bit.

"Disappointing we couldn't get the most out of the car we had tonight, but we got to the finish for the points."

-credit: ma/bam

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jimmie Johnson , Kasey Kahne , Marcos Ambrose