Nascar – Marcos Ambrose Wins First Nascar Sprint Cup Race

August 16, 2011


Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR

Six years after moving to North America to take on the best in NASCAR, Marcos Ambrose has broken through for his maiden NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory at Watkins Glen International.

The win was sealed with a move on the penultimate lap, passing last weeks race winner Brad Keselowski shortly after a late race restart.

I have sacrificed so much, and to finally be here in victory lane in the Cup Series is a dream come true, Ambrose said.

Mrs Petty is not doing so well at the moment, and this win is for her and the whole Petty family.

To Richard (Petty) and everyone else who gave me the chance, thanks very much.

No one realises how much everyone puts in to get to victory lane, and when its happens its such a surreal moment.

I really have to thank Stanley for giving me this opportunity, and to Richard Petty Motorsports for making it all possible.

Ambroses win made him the fifth first-time winner in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition in 2011, and the 15th different race winner.

After starting the race from third position, Ambrose jumped up into second on lap two of 90 when he passed Kyle Busch at turn one.

As Ambrose worked on race leader AJ Allmendinger, the lapped car of Kurt Busch slotted in between the Richard Petty Motorsport teammates, which had dire consequences for Allmendinger when Busch pushed him wide at the Inner Loop.

With Ambrose taking the lead on lap nine, he continued in the top spot until lap 18 when he was forced to pit to remove grass debris from the front of his Stanley Ford Fusion, putting the Australian out of sequence with much of the field.

The first caution appeared on lap 28 when Greg Biffle ran out of fuel, with Ambrose jumping from eighth to first by virtue of not pitting.

Ambrose held down the top spot until his stop on lap 39, dropping him back down the running order.

Kurt Busch brought out the second caution with 41 laps remaining, after suffering a flat tyre at the Outer Loop, with Ambrose once again staying on the circuit.

Running 16th at the restart, Ambrose worked diligently through the pack before pitting for the final time with 26 laps to go.

Ambroses race went within inches of coming to an end when the out of control car of Denny Hamlin ploughed head first into the turn one barrier, narrowly missing the number nine machine.

With 22 laps remaining, Ambrose restarted fifth, but soon jumped to fourth, and then third after passing Martin Truex Jnr in an under and over move on the pit straight.

That soon became second when Ambrose leapfrogged Brad Keselowski with 15 laps to go.

Ambrose then set about chasing down Kyle Busch, before a caution for the crashed Paul Menard set up a green-white-chequered flag finish.

After a wild first corner, Ambrose emerged still in second, chasing down Keselowski, with the decisive move for the lead coming at the exit of the Inner Loop.

With the white flag flown for the final lap, all hell broke loose on the race track, with David Ragan and David Reuitimann suffering massive accidents, with both drivers emerging from their wrecks uninjured.

This contributed to the race finishing under yellow flag conditions, with Ambrose cruising over the finish line.

The victory not only qualified Ambrose for the million dollar bonus in the Sprint Summer Showdown, but also as a starter in the 2012 Sprint All-Star Race.

Next weekend Ambrose will be one of the busiest drivers in NASCAR, pulling double duty in two countries.

Not only will he be racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 from Michigan International Speedway, but also racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in the NAPA Auto Parts 200 from Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada.


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Race Results

1. Marcos Ambrose (Ford)

2. Brad Keselowski (Dodge)

3. Kyle Busch (Toyota)

4. Martin Truex Jnr (Toyota)

5. Joey Logano (Toyota)

6. Kevin Harvick (Chevrolet)

7. Juan Pablo Montoya (Chevrolet)

8. AJ Allmendinger (Ford)

9. Jeff Burton (Chevrolet)

10. Jimmie Johnson (Chevrolet)

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Standings (After race 22 of 36)

1. Kyle Busch (Toyota)- 752 points

2. Carl Edwards (Ford)- 752

3. Jimmie Johnson (Chevrolet)- 746

4. Kevin Harvick (Chevrolet)- 738

5. Matt Kenseth (Ford)- 724

6. Kurt Busch (Dodge)- 712

7. Jeff Gordon (Chevrolet)- 700

8. Ryan Newman (Chevrolet)- 686

9. Tony Stewart (Chevrolet)- 659

10. Dale Earnhardt Jnr (Chevrolet)- 670

22. Marcos Ambrose (Ford)- 576

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