Nascar – Ambrose Holds On In Michigan

June 20, 2011


Marcos Ambrose survived a pair of ill-timed caution periods, to bring home a 23rd place result from the Helluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400, at Michigan International Speedway today.
Ambrose and his DeWalt crew worked hard on the handling of his Ford Fusion throughout the race, but a pair of late race cautions curtailed any possibility of a top result.
“It was unfortunate, we copped a raw deal on those late race cautions, but that’s racing,” Ambrose said.
“Next week we’re off to Infineon Raceway, it’s a very big event for myself and the whole Stanley crew.
“We’re completely focused on bringing home a victory there.”
After starting in 18th position, the race didn’t have an opportunity to settle down before Jimmie Johnson brought out the first caution on lap nine, with a spin on the back stretch.
The Richard Petty Motorsports crew did a stout job in the pits under the yellow, with Ambrose lining up 13th for the restart.
The caution lights flashed on once again on lap 27 when Robby Gordon scraped the fence, and after another full pit service, Ambrose resumed in 19th place.
Subsequent to a round of green flag stops, Ambrose found himself in 23rd position, with the third caution appearing on lap 84 when Brad Keselowski smacked the wall at turn one.
Ambrose restarted 16th on lap 89, prior to a long run of green flag racing that featured two more rounds of pit stops.
Unfortunately for Ambrose, Andy Lally hit Juan Montoya on lap 159, which brought on another caution that sent the DeWalt Ford Fusion briefly down a lap on the leaders.
Ambrose was able to take a wave around to restart on the lead lap, but a wild run following on from the green flag saw the number nine machine bumping guards with team mate A.J Allmendinger.
Running low on fuel, Ambrose headed to the pits for a splash and dash, only for another caution to flash on as he exited the pits on lap 191, dropping him a lap behind the leaders once again.
Fortunate to pick up another wave around back onto the lead lap, Ambrose restarted from 23rd in the five lap run to the finish, the same position he held down at the chequered flag.
Denny Hamlin took out his first race win for the season, edging out Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch in the run to the finish.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series next week moves onto the first road course of the season at Infineon Raceway, with the Toyota/Save Mart 350.
Michigan International Speedway Helluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400
Race Results
1. Denny Hamlin (Toyota)
2. Matt Kenseth (Ford)
3. Kyle Busch (Toyota)
4. Paul Menard (Chevrolet)
5. Carl Edwards (Ford)
6. Ryan Newman (Chevrolet)
7. Tony Stewart (Chevrolet)
8. Clint Bowyer (Chevrolet)
9. Mark Martin (Chevrolet)
10. Brian Vickers (Toyota)
23. Marcos Ambrose (Ford)
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