Pocono: Marcos Ambrose race report

If it wasn't for bad luck, Marcos Ambrose would have no luck at all, as he was the innocent victim of another last lap accident in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series today at Pocono Raceway for the Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500. Ambrose was running...

If it wasn't for bad luck, Marcos Ambrose would have no luck at all, as he was the innocent victim of another last lap accident in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series today at Pocono Raceway for the Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500.

Ambrose was running well within the top-20, before a massive multi-car accident with only two corners remaining in the 500 mile/800 kilometre long race eliminated the Australian from the running.

Amazingly, after heavy contact with the inside retaining wall, Ambrose emerged from the twisted Little Debbie sponsored Toyota Camry unharmed.

"Wow, we just can't buy a break this season," Ambrose said after being released from the infield hospital.

"We had to work hard today, the car wasn't brilliant, but we definitely had the pace at the end to have a strong finish.

"Once again we were in the wrong place at the wrong time when the accident happened ahead of us, and there was nothing I could do to miss it.

"We've got to keep positive, we're in Michigan next weekend, and we'll be looking to make amends there."

The race started two-hours late after a rain storm hit the race track as the cars were lining up for the start, with further time taken to repair a pot hole that developed on the exit of the pit lane.

Throughout the race, Ambrose ran better than mid-pack, biding his time on the long green flag runs between short caution flags for debris on the track.

A caution flag on lap 154 blew many fuel calculations out of the water, with the pack bunched for a race to the finish.

Successive cautions then followed for spins involving Casey Mears and Jamie McMurray at the first turn, before a final contentious yellow flag came out when Kevin Harvick came into contact with Joey Lagano at the final corner.

From the green-white-chequered flag finish, Ambrose had a strong run, before mayhem broke loose ahead on the race track when team mates A.J. Allmendinger and Casey Kahne connected going down the back straight.

Kahne lost control in the grass, turning hard right in front of the pack, nearly clearing the outside retaining wall.

In the chaos, Ambrose was shoved into the wet infield grass, where it was impossible to regain control.

Ambrose was classified 26th in the race, which leaves him 30th in the points standings.

Denny Hamlin continued his fine recent form, taking the win with a late race charge from Kyle Busch and Tony Stewart.

Next weekend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to super speedway mode, with the Helluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 at Michigan International Speedway, but before then, Ambrose will be taking part in the Gillette Fusion ProGlide Prelude to the Dream, which pits the leading NASCAR against each other in Late Model dirt track speedway cars.

The charity event will be held at the Tony Stewart owned Eldora Speedway, with the four teams competing in the event aiming to raise money for various North American Children's Hospitals.

Ambrose will be representing Team Levine Hospital for Children, and will be joined by Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Travis Pastrana, Matt Kenseth, David Reutimann and Dave Blaney.

Apart from the leading NASCAR drivers, other luminaries set to take the green flag include Ricky Carmichael (motorcross), Cruz Pedregon and Ron Capps (NHRA), Tony Kanaan (Indycar) and NASCAR team owner Ray Evernham.

-source: marcos ambrose PR

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Tony Stewart , Kevin Harvick , Casey Mears , Tony Kanaan , Jimmie Johnson , Jamie McMurray , Cruz Pedregon , Ricky Carmichael , Travis Pastrana , Marcos Ambrose , David Reutimann , Ray Evernham , Denny Hamlin , Dave Blaney , Kyle Busch