Charlotte: Marcos Ambrose race report

AMBROSE INVOLVED IN UNIQUE MARK OF RESPECT Marcos Ambrose has been a part of a unique mark of respect on his way to being classified in 26th position when the rescheduled Coca-Cola 600 was declared early due to rain at Lowe's Motor Speedway in...

AMBROSE INVOLVED IN UNIQUE MARK OF RESPECT

Marcos Ambrose has been a part of a unique mark of respect on his way to being classified in 26th position when the rescheduled Coca-Cola 600 was declared early due to rain at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina.

With the race moved to the Memorial Day holiday, NASCAR stopped the entire 43-car field just short of 3:00pm local time after 163 laps to observe the National Moment of Remembrance. The cars lined up on the frontstretch and shut down the engines as crew members lined up the length of pit road to honour members of the military.

Ambrose started from 23rd in the #47 Kingsford entry of JTG Daugherty Racing, but suffered from handling issues early.

After falling down a lap, Ambrose and his crew made set-up changes and in what is the longest race on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule, things looked on the improve for the Australian.

Ambrose leaped back onto the lead lap by earning the Lucky Dog mid-race and was poised to charge in the second half of the race.

Unfortunately for Ambrose, rain saw the race red flagged just past the halfway point, one day after rain saw the event postponed from Sunday to Monday.

Ambrose's stablemate David Reutimann earned Michael Waltrip Racing its first Sprint Cup win by taking out the shortened Coca-Cola 600 ahead of Ryan Newman and Robby Gordon.

WHAT MARCOS HAS TO SAY:

"It was certainly a unique thing to see happen on a race track but it was a great way to show our thanks to all the service men and women," said Ambrose.

"It was a little frustrating that the rain cut the race short.

"Our car was not that great early. We worked on it and made it a little better, but went down a lap.

"The track was coming to us and the changes started to work.

"We got the Lucky Dog to get back up on the lead lap but the race didn't last much longer before the rain.

"We definitely had a good car there and it was getting better, which had us looking good for the second half of the race.

"It just shows how the smallest set-up changes on these cars makes a massive difference and it's hard to get it right.

"I'm very, very happy to see David (Reutimann) and the Michael Waltrip Racing guys get the win.

"They thoroughly deserve it. They've been at this for three years now and they've been working so hard. The work has been paying off and David has been right up there.

"I'm glad they could get their first Cup win and it was great to see the smiles on everyone's faces when it was declared."

-credit: ma/bam

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Michael Waltrip , Robby Gordon , Ryan Newman , Marcos Ambrose , David Reutimann
Teams Michael Waltrip Racing