Richmond: Marcos Ambrose race report

AMBROSE 11TH IN RICHMOND DESPITE IMPACT WITH WALL Marcos Ambrose continues to impress in the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, with a stirring recover to grab 11th place in the Russ Friedman 400 at Richmond International Raceway in Virginia ...

AMBROSE 11TH IN RICHMOND DESPITE IMPACT WITH WALL

Marcos Ambrose continues to impress in the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, with a stirring recover to grab 11th place in the Russ Friedman 400 at Richmond International Raceway in Virginia today.

The result came despite contact with the wall on lap 308 after being spun by Sam Hornish Jr, Ambrose continuing on with significant damage to the rear of his car. After dropping to the rear of the lead lap order after the spin, the Australian roared back up the order to finish just short of a top 10 run.

The finish is Ambrose's seventh top 20 finish from 10 races this season and his fifth top 15 result in the last six races, a great result for his first full season in the top level of NASCAR.

Ambrose showed great pace at the 0.75-mile Richmond short track, continuing the form that saw him grab fourth place at the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedaway one week ago.

The Richmond race also saw the debut of the Bush's Beans livery on the #47 JTG Daugherty Racing entry, which Ambrose will campaign again next weekend at Darlington Raceway.

Kyle Busch won today's Russ Friedman 400 ahead of Tony Stewart and Jeff Burton.

WHAT MARCOS HAS TO SAY:

"It was a long night - really long," said Ambrose.

"I thought it was never going to end. But we had a good car and ran well.

"When the sun went down we lost the handling on the car, but we kept at it.

"We got damaged with a spin and a crash and we had to fight our way back through.

"I'm really proud of our team to be able to bounce back. We'll take 11th place. One spot more would have been fantastic, but we have got to be happy with that.

"We're doing it every week. I'm thrilled. Even though it was a tough night we still had a decent finish."

-credit: ma/bam

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Marcos Ambrose , Kyle Busch , Sam Hornis
Teams JTG Daugherty Racing