Pocono II: Marcos Ambrose race report

Marcos Ambrose's difficult NASCAR Sprint Cup season continued at Pocono Raceway today, when mechanical dramas sidelined the Australian early in the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500. After announcing last week that he would be splitting with JTG...

Marcos Ambrose's difficult NASCAR Sprint Cup season continued at Pocono Raceway today, when mechanical dramas sidelined the Australian early in the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500.

After announcing last week that he would be splitting with JTG Daugherty Racing at the conclusion of the season, Ambrose was a model of consistency throughout practice and qualifying, finishing all four sessions in either 18th or 19th position.

The race however unraveled when mechanical gremlins struck down the Clorox/Kleenex Toyota Camry after only 47 of 200 laps.

Ambrose was eventually classified 39th in the race, with the result being his third mechanical related non-finish for the season.

The focus now for NASCAR moves to the Watkins Glen International road course, where Ambrose will be doing double duty in both the Sprint Cup and the Nationwide Series.

Ambrose has won the previous two Nationwide races at Watkins Glen, and he feels that next weekend could be his best opportunity to score his maiden victory in NASCAR's premiere division.

"We were fighting it during the early running there," Marcos Ambrose said.

"The car was really hitting the ground badly and snapping loose, it was a handful.

"Anything can happen in these 500 mile races, you just have to make it to the finish, but today it wasn't to be.

"It's a shame that we didn't get a result, but we can now focus on Watkins Glen.

"We've had the event circled on our calendar all year long, we have won there in the past, and we've also done some very strong testing there this year.

"It's going to be a very busy weekend running back and forwards between the Sprint Cup and the Nationwide Series garages, but we didn't have a problem with it last year.

"Tony Stewart is always a hard guy to beat around Watkins Glen, he's won it five times now, but there are a lot of competitive guys in the field, even on road courses there aren't any slouches.

"I really want to pick up this first win in the Sprint Cup Series with JTG Daugherty, we want to finish this year on a high, and I think we will have the package to get it done."

Rain delayed the start of today's race, which was run drama free until lap 165, when a massive accident eliminated Kurt Busch and Elliot Sadler on the back straight.

Fortunately both drivers were uninjured, but the race was stopped for half an hour to clean up the debris.

Rain further delayed proceedings, before Greg Biffle made it past Sam Hornish Jnr on the final restart, never to be headed.

The win was the first for Ford this season, with Biffle dedicating the victory to his team owner Jack Roush, who was injured in a light plane crash late last week.

Race highlights will be shown on Fox Sports 1 tonight, with further replays on One HD hosted by Marcos Ambrose from Tuesday night.

Next weekend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to the fast sweeping road course at Watkins Glen International in New York, with the running of the Helluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen for the Sprint Cup, which will be preceded by the Zippo 200 at the Glen for the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

-source: marcos ambrose PR

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Tony Stewart , Greg Biffle , Kurt Busch , Marcos Ambrose , Jack Roush