Nascar – Tough Day On The Tricky Triangle For Ambrose

August 8, 2011


Marcos Ambrose netted a 20th place result in the latest round of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, with the unique Pocono Raceway tri-oval proving a challenge over 500 miles.


The “Tricky Triangle” was not only a test of machine, but also driver stamina, with a lengthy rain delay stretching the race out over five hours.


“It was just a long day today, but we just fought and gouged all day long,” Ambrose said.


“I’m really proud of my guys.


“I feel like I got the most out of myself and the guys really tried hard.


“It’s not the day we wanted, but we’re still proud of ourselves.”


From the green flag, Ambrose held position in 27th up until the opening caution on lap 13 when Kyle Busch spun exiting turn three, with the Richard Petty Motorsports crew using the opportunity to fit the DEWALT Ford Fusion with four new tyres.


The second caution flashed on lap 20 when David Ragan crashed, with Ambrose just missing the wreck, before electing to stay off pit lane, resuming racing from 23rd place on lap 22.


Ambrose then went on a charge through the pack, rising as high as eighth position before pitting for the second time on lap 44, emerging from his service in 17th position.


As light rain began to fall on the raceway, crew chief Todd Parrott called Ambrose to the pits from 16th position.


The race however continued under green flag conditions until a caution for debris on lap 100 of 200, with Ambrose still positioned in 16th.


The precipitation continued to gain intensity until the caution flag was thrown on lap 123, with the race stopped one lap later while Ambrose was in 18th place.


After 1 hour and 40 minutes the cars roared back to life, with Ambrose restarting from 22nd on lap 131 following a pit stop, with the Australian gaining four spots before making his penultimate scheduled stop on lap 153.


Changes made on that service agreed with Ambrose, with the team further refining the car under the next stop on lap 173.


The pit crew however was not done for the day, fitting a final set of Goodyear tyres under a late race caution when Juan Montoya and Kasey Kahne tangled exiting turn one.


The run to the chequered flag started in promising fashion, but fading front brakes hindered Ambrose’s forward progress, and he settled for 20th at the conclusion of 200 circuits.


Brad Keselowski took the race win in the same week in which he broke his ankle in a severe testing accident.


The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Marcos Ambrose’s favourite track next weekend, Watkins Glen International, with the running of the Helluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen.


The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns Marcos Ambrose’s favourite track next weekend, Watkins Glen International, with the running of the Helluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen.


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Race Results


1. Brad Keselowski (Dodge)


2. Kyle Busch (Toyota)


3. Kurt Busch (Dodge)


4. Jimmie Johnson (Chevrolet)


5. Ryan Newman (Chevrolet)


6. Jeff Gordon (Chevrolet)


7. Carl Edwards (Ford)


8. Greg Biffle (Ford)


9. Dale Earnhardt Jnr (Chevrolet)


10. Paul Menard (Chevrolet)


20. Marcos Ambrose (Ford)




NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Standings (After race 21 of 36)


1. Carl Edwards (Ford)- 720 points


2. Jimmie Johnson (Chevrolet)- 711


3. Kyle Busch (Toyota)- 709


4. Kurt Busch (Dodge)- 706


5. Kevin Harvick (Chevrolet)- 700


6. Matt Kenseth (Ford)- 694


7. Jeff Gordon (Chevrolet)- 668


8. Ryan Newman (Chevrolet)- 658


9. Tony Stewart (Chevrolet)- 642


10. Dale Earnhardt Jnr (Chevrolet)- 641


23. Marcos Ambrose (Ford)- 529

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