Nascar – Ambrose Survives Richmond Carnage

September 11, 2011


Marcos Ambrose survived a wild Wonderful Pistachios 400 at Richmond Motor Speedway, moving up to 20th in the points standings after a 21st place finish.

The drama started for Ambrose on lap eight when he was a part of a 13 car pile up, with further incidents filling the final race before the cut off for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase.

At times throughout the race, calculations for Ambrose to take a wild card position looked promising, but he fell just short in the final tally.

“It’s a shame, but right from the start it was just not going to be our night,” Ambrose said.

“The team never gave up on me, everyone dug deep all night long to get me to the finish.

“Not making the Chase is a disappointment no doubt.

“We’ll bounce back from this, and finish the final ten races strongly for Stanley.”

After starting in 33rd position, Ambrose was a part of a 13 car melee on lap eight, which started when Clint Bowyer came into contact with David Reutimann.

Fortunately damage to the Stanley Ford Fusion was light, and Ambrose was able to restart the race in 27th.

Kasey Kahne brought out another caution when he spun on lap 26, with Dale Earnhardt Jnr giving Ambrose a tap from behind as the field slowed.

Restarting 19th, Ambrose himself was spun around on lap 37 by Earnhardt Jnr, but fortunately damage was light, and the Richard Petty Motorsports crew were able to keep the car on the tail end of the lead lap.

The race unraveled for Ambrose shortly after the restart, when contact with Brian Vickers resulted in Kasey Kahne finding the wall.

Vickers waited for Ambrose on the next lap by under safety car for a dose of payback, with the number nine machine losing a lap in the pits with the team making repairs to the front of the car.

Ambrose lost a second lap to the leaders in the run up to the next caution, but was able to gain back that lost position by taking the wave around, resulting in him being only one lap down.

When Landon Cassill spun on lap 171, Ambrose was able to get back onto the lead lap by virtue of the Lucky Dog free pass, with the crew able to take the opportunity to make further repairs to the front of the car.

At the halfway mark of the race, Ambrose was positioned in 21st, but the drama continued with when he was assisted into another spin.

The Australian was able to grab a break when a caution flew shortly after, gaining position back onto the lead lap with another Lucky Dog free pass.

With the car not handling correctly in the run to the finish, Ambrose was able to hold on to a 21st place finish after 400 grueling laps.
The race was won by Kevin Harvick, with Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin claiming the two wild card spots in the chase.

Next week the Chase for the Sprint Cup kicks off with the running of the Geico 400 from Chicagoland Speedway.


Wonderful Pistachios 400 Review

Race Results

1. Kevin Harvick (Chevrolet)

2. Carl Edwards (Ford)

3. Jeff Gordon (Chevrolet)

4. David Ragan (Ford)

5. Kurt Busch (Dodge)

6. Kyle Busch (Toyota)

7. Tony Stewart (Chevrolet)

8. Ryan Newman (Chevrolet)

9. Denny Hamlin (Toyota)

10. Mark Martin (Chevrolet)

21. Marcos Ambrose (Ford)

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