AMBROSE TAKES THE GOOD AND BAD WITH 15th-PLACE CONCORD, N.C. -- Marcos Ambrose left the Lowe's Motor Speedway last Friday night with mixed emotions. He was frustrated with a 15th-place finish for the No. 59 Kingsford Tailgate at Home Ford. But...
AMBROSE TAKES THE GOOD AND BAD WITH 15th-PLACE
CONCORD, N.C. -- Marcos Ambrose left the Lowe's Motor Speedway last Friday night with mixed emotions. He was frustrated with a 15th-place finish for the No. 59 Kingsford Tailgate at Home Ford. But at the same time he knew it could have been a lot worse.
A chain reaction crash with 11 laps to go in the Dollar General 300 cost Ambrose and JTG Daugherty a Top-10 finish, but the feisty Tasmanian still posted a Top-15 finish with a crumpled front hood.
"We had a really good night going, but we just got caught up there at the end," Ambrose said."I don't know what was happening on those restarts and who was leading, but they were a mess. Two or three times everyone was getting bunched up there and people were pulling out of line. One too many jumped out and I got caught up and did some damage."
Although NASCAR frowns on the practice of brake-checking -- speeding up and slowing down before a restart to break everyone's momentum -- it seemed common during Friday night's race. The final time was the most-costly when five cars, including Ambrose's, were swept into a giant chain reaction.
"We had a solid Top-10 finish going and then things got bottled up," said crew chief Gary Cogswell. "But we'll take it and go to Memphis. We had a great car for the race and we can build off that momentum. Considering the damage we got in the crash, to get the car home in 15th place was a tremendous accomplishment.
b^0x001cWe're still in the Top 10 in the (Nationwide Series) point standings, so we accomplished one of our biggest goals. It should have been better, but it could have been a lot worse."
The finish extended Ambrose's streak of Top-20 finishes. Ambrose now has 16 Top-20 finishes in his last 17 races.
"The fact we can be frustrated by a 15th-place finish shows you just how far this team has come along this year," Ambrose said. "We go to every racetrack looking for a solid finish. The way the car responded this week was a big step forward. I really enjoy racing cars like this. It was fun."
The Nationwide Series is off next week, but will return to the Memphis Motorsports Park on Oct. 25 for the Kroger 250.
-credit: JTG Racing