Montreal: Marcos Ambrose race report

HEARTBREAK AGAIN FOR AMBROSE WITH SECOND IN MONTREAL For the third consecutive year Marcos Ambrose has dominated the NAPA Auto Parts 200 at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve only to again leave without the win in Montreal, Canada today. Ambrose ...

HEARTBREAK AGAIN FOR AMBROSE WITH SECOND IN MONTREAL

For the third consecutive year Marcos Ambrose has dominated the NAPA Auto Parts 200 at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve only to again leave without the win in Montreal, Canada today.

Ambrose dominated the entire race, leading 60 of the 76 laps in today's race, only to make a small mistake at the final corner of the race and allow Carl Edwards to pass him in the drag race to the chequered flag.

It was Edwards who yesterday denied Ambrose the chance to compete in his debut Daytona prototype Sportscar race, with the two drivers pairing together for the Grand-Am race in Montreal, only for Edwards to crash heavily on the warm-up lap and end their race before it had even begun.

Today, Edwards closed in on Ambrose on a drying track after Ambrose led away from a late-race restart with two laps remaining, with the final half of the race drawn out by a series of caution periods, with the race lasting almost four hours.

Ambrose, who never looked like losing the race all day in a stunning drive, clipped the kerbing at the final corner chicane, losing momentum and allowing Edwards to slip by and cruelly deny Ambrose the redemption he was chasing in Montreal this weekend aboard the #47 Armor All entry of JTG Daugherty Racing.

In 2007 it was Robby Gordon who robbed Ambrose of victory in Montreal, when the American deliberately spun Ambrose at the second turn after a late-race restart as Ambrose was in the lead.

Last year it was weather and a pit lane speeding violation that cost Ambrose the win at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, after he led 27 laps and was clearly the pacesetter in wet conditions, but was in third position when the race was red flagged due to heavy rain.

Now for the third consecutive year, Ambrose has led the most laps in the Nationwide Series event at Montreal but has not won the race.

Ambrose started from pole position today in Montreal, his third NASCAR pole and his first at a road course, but had to settle for second place, giving Ambrose a first and a second from his two Nationwide Series road course appearances this year, having won for the second consecutive year at Watkins Glen.

He will return to full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series duties next weekend for the Pep Boys Auto 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia.

WHAT MARCOS HAS TO SAY --

"I just made a mistake at the end there and lost the race," said Ambrose.

"Any other lap, any other corner, I would have got it straight back.

"It just happened to be the last corner of the race.

"We had a drag race coming off the hairpin. Carl got position on me and I just tried to make sure I out-broke him and I out-broke myself.

"I'm jinxed around this joint, I'll tell you now. I mean, we had 15,000 restarts and got away with them all.

"I feel pretty devastated because I've let my boys down and we came here to win and anything less than that was a disappointment."

CARL EDWARDS ON HIS PASS FOR THE WIN --

"Marcos just made that one mistake through the curves at the end and gave me the chance to get by -- he's a hero of mine, it's cool to pass him."

-credit: ma/bam

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Robby Gordon , Gilles Villeneuve , Marcos Ambrose , Carl Edwards