Richmond II: Marcos Ambrose race report

AMBROSE JUMPS TO NINTH IN POINTS WITH STRONG RUN IN RICHMOND Marcos Ambrose has jumped one spot in the NASCAR Nationwide Series standings and now sits ninth after finishing 13th in the Emerson Radio 250 at Richmond International Raceway ...

AMBROSE JUMPS TO NINTH IN POINTS WITH STRONG RUN IN RICHMOND

Marcos Ambrose has jumped one spot in the NASCAR Nationwide Series standings and now sits ninth after finishing 13th in the Emerson Radio 250 at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Virginia today.

Ambrose started from 16th in the 250-lap event by virtue of Owner's Points, with the field set by the NASCAR rulebook as a result of heavy rain canceling qualifying and postponing the race two days.

The Australian showed strong pace, outlining the steady improvement of JTG Daugherty Racing's Ford Fusions.

It was a strong short track performance for Ambrose, who ran inside the top 10 on several occasions and mixed it with many more experienced drivers throughout the race.

Ambrose collected his 14th top 20 finish in the last 17 races in the #59 Kingsford Ford Fusion, marking his 14th top 15 finish for the season.

Ambrose finished eighth in the 2007 NASCAR Nationwide Series and is keen to emulate that feat this season. The Australian now sits just 48 points behind Mike Wallace in eighth place.

Carl Edwards won today's Emerson Radio 250 ahead of Scott Wimmer and Clint Bowyer.

Ambrose will enjoy a rare weekend off next weekend before racing in both Nationwide and Sprint Cup competition at Dover International Speedway the following weekend.

MARCOS AMBROSE

"We had a solid car tonight and it's just good to get this race run," said Ambrose.

"This team is definitely making progress. Richmond is a tough track for us but tonight we were really in the mix up there. It's great to see a lot of hard work paying off.

"We still have a lot of areas we know we can improve but we have a good direction and some momentum going. Gary Cogswell is doing a superb job leading this Kingsford team."

-credit: ma/bam

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Mike Wallace , Marcos Ambrose , Carl Edwards , Clint Bowyer
Teams JTG Daugherty Racing