TOUGH LUCK CONTINUES FOR AMBROSE A baptism of fire has continued for Australian Marcos Ambrose in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in North America. For the second time in as many races, Ambrose's race was destroyed after his Ford F-150...
TOUGH LUCK CONTINUES FOR AMBROSE
A baptism of fire has continued for Australian Marcos Ambrose in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in North America.
For the second time in as many races, Ambrose's race was destroyed after his Ford F-150 became a part of "someone else's accident" in the Dodge Ram Tough 200 at the Gateway International Raceway near St Louis.
On lap 61 Mike Skinner ran over some debris and cut his right front tyre which sent him into the wall on the exit of turn four.
As he slid back down the track, Ambrose did his best to avoid him by going as low as possible, but the two came together and the right hand side of Ambrose's car was completely torn away.
The accident also claimed fellow rookie Kyle Krisiloff.
"I saw Skinner hit the wall and start coming back down the track," said Ambrose, who was running solidly mid-field before the accident
"I was flat out off the exit and tried to get as low as possible. I tried to get out but he just clipped me.
"That was a decent lick.
"These cars are pretty tough and pretty safe, because that is one of the bigger hits I've had in the last few years.
"My Ford F-150 is done like a roast chicken."
Ambrose was 17th in the morning practice session with a time of 34.329 seconds at an average speed of 131.085mph (209.736kph).
Ambrose did not get the chance to improve on his time after qualifying was cancelled because of persistent rain showers.
The starting order was finally decided by owners' points and this provided Ambrose with 19th spot on the 36-car grid.
The accident was disappointing end to what had been another terrific learning experience for Ambrose who is on the steepest learning curve of his successful career.
"What can you say really?" said Ambrose.
"I thought we made some great gains again today and this is just really disappointing for everyone involved with the Wood Brothers Racing organisation.
"I am feeling more and more comfortable in the truck and just wish I could go racing every day so I can get the miles and experience that comes with seat time.
"I cannot wait to get back out there."
Todd Bodine won his second event of the season from Ted Musgrave, David Reutimann, Jack Sprague and Johnny Benson to give Toyota a clean sweep of the top five.
Bodine leads the championship on 852 points after five rounds from Musgrave (840), Reutimann (746), Mark Martin (720) and Sprague (704). Ambrose sits 43rd on 125 points from his two events this year.
The next round of the championship will be the Quaker State and Lube 200 at the 1.5-mile (2.4km) Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte.
This is a Friday night race on May 19 and will be run over 201 laps.