Loudon: Marcos Ambrose race report

AMBROSE GETS SOLID FINISH IN NEW HAMPSHIRE RAIN-OUT Marcos Ambrose has finished 23rd in a rain-shortened Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon today. In a race overshadowed by the constant threat of...

AMBROSE GETS SOLID FINISH IN NEW HAMPSHIRE RAIN-OUT

Marcos Ambrose has finished 23rd in a rain-shortened Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon today.

In a race overshadowed by the constant threat of rain, Ambrose posted a solid finish aboard the #47 Little Debbie-backed entry of JTG Daugherty Racing to remain 18th in the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings.

Ambrose pitted late in the race as drivers and teams all did their best at anticipating when the rain would arrive. Ambrose and crew chief Frank Kerr completed a pit stop just before rain ended the race 28 laps early, meaning that the Australian was towards the back of the cars on the lead lap when the race was declared.

Joey Logano, who Ambrose had been racing with for much of today's race at the 1.0-mile oval, opted to stay out at the right time, stretching his fuel run to become the youngest race winner in Sprint Cup Series history, ahead of Jeff Gordon and Kurt Busch.

Ambrose will make his second start for the season at Daytona International Speedway in the Coke Zero 400 night race this weekend.

WHAT MARCOS HAS TO SAY:

"Unfortunately things conspired against us today," said Ambrose.

"The race was shortened with rain with about 25 laps to go and we had just pitted trying to beat the weather.

"We thought the weather was going to hold off a little bit longer, so the guys that were behind us on-track actually stayed out and ended up finishing first and second in the race, which was disappointing but you take your lumps as they come and today was a difficult day for us.

"We had a decent car, just couldn't bring it home in a good spot.

"Joey (Logano, race winner) is a good kid. I've known him now for over a year. He's been racing in the lower categories and he deserves his chance at the top. He lucked into a win here today and good on him. It could have been anyone out there in that good track position and congratulations to his team and himself for getting that victory.

"We didn't do a very good job at predicting it (the rain) today. We actually had enough fuel to get to the point where the rain actually came. So effectively we could have even won the race, because we were ahead of Joey before we pitted. Unfortunately we made the wrong call but we've made the best decision on the facts that we knew. I'm driving the car going as fast as I can, knowing that the rain was coming.

"It's very much a gamble in terms of what you do in that situation and if you had the same race next week and you made the same decision it might work out for you, so unfortunately for us we were on the wrong side of it. When you are fighting the weather you just don't quite know when it's going to come.

"We just want to run fast each week, show our speed and finish much better than what we did today. We still ran decent, we had a top 15 car. This style of race track is new for us and it was a real challenge to get around, so all-in-all I think we did alright today."

-credit: ma/bam media

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kurt Busch , Marcos Ambrose , Joey Logano
Teams JTG Daugherty Racing