Nascar – Ambrose Battles Elements In Atlanta

September 7, 2011

Nascar

Marcos Ambrose battled the elements in the Advocare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway today, brining home a 21st place finish from the rain delayed race.

After the originally scheduled Sunday race start was postponed until Tuesday, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series once again had to battle mother nature, with rain interrupting proceedings three times.

The result elevates Ambrose to 21st in the standings, only seven points off his nearest competitor Paul Menard.

“It was a tough race, but my Kwikset Crew stuck by me, and we were able to take home some points, Ambrose said.

“Atlanta is always a tough place to set up the car, especially with it being a day race rather than a night race as we planned for.

“We’ve got one more shot to make the Chase at Richmond, and we’re not going to leave anything on the table there.

After qualifying 18th, Ambrose struggled for grip in the early running aboard the Kwikset Ford Fusion prior to the first caution on lap 12 when Bobby Labonte spun on the front stretch.

Stopping for new tyres and handling adjustments, Ambrose fell back to 28th on the restart, but swiftly worked his way back into 22nd on lap 27.

With the car “90 percent there, Ambrose called back into the pits under the competition caution on lap 30, with the Richard Petty Motorsports crew gaining two spots on the stop to restart from 17th.

A lengthy green flag segment of racing was to follow, with Ambrose rising up to 16th on the track with his car the fastest on the track prior to a stop on lap 78.

Ambrose merged back into the race in 14th position, but dropped a spot before the third caution on lap 94 when Labonte’s race finally ended hard against the back straight wall.

The changes made on the previous stop however didn’t agree with Ambrose, and he fell back to 19th prior to a debris caution on lap 129.
At the halfway mark of the 325 lap race Ambrose was placed in 20th position, with a green flag stop for four tyres shortly following.

The race was knocked back a cog when light rain started falling on lap 176 with Ambrose in 19th, but gaining three positions as other cars pitted prior to the resumption of racing.

The heavens opened once again on lap 200, with Ambrose sitting out the red flag stoppage in 21st place.

Racing was only able to continue for two further circuits before rain once again fell on the raceway, which allowed Ambrose to head to the pits for a full service, resuming the race from 27th position with 94 laps to go.

The yellow lights flashed shortly afterwards when Juan Montoya pushed Clint Bowyer into the front stretch wall, with the field slowed shortly afterwards when Regan Smith hit the fence on the opposite part of the track.

Ambrose took in a green flag from 19th place, prior to another long caution-free segment, with the final scheduled stop coming 41 laps from the finish.

With the changes to the car’s handling at the last stop not agreeing with Ambrose, the Australian was able to hang on for a 21st place finish.

Race winner Jeff Gordon claimed a remarkable 85th career victory, edging out team mate Jimmie Johnson in a classic finish.

Next week, Ambrose will have one last chance to secure a berth in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, with the Wonderful Pistachios 400 from Richmond International Speedway.

 

AdvoCare 500 Review
Race Results
1. Jeff Gordon (Chevrolet)
2. Jimmie Johnson (Chevrolet)
3. Tony Stewart (Chevrolet)
4. Kurt Busch (Dodge)
5. Carl Edwards (Ford)
6. Brad Keselowski (Dodge)
7. Kevin Harvick (Chevrolet)
8. Denny Hamlin (Toyota)
9. Matt Kenseth (Ford)
10. AJ Allmendinger (Ford)
21. Marcos Ambrose (Ford)
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