2012 Talladega II: Marcos Ambrose NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Recap
A front running performance at the Talladega Super Speedway came to naught today for Marcos Ambrose, with the DEWALT Ford Fusion driver the unfortunate victim of a last lap multi-car accident.
After leading during the middle portion of the race, Ambrose spent much of the day positioned within the top-ten.
However, a typically wild finished saw much of the field come to grief through turns three and four on the final lap, with Ambrose emerging uninjured from the melee after looking set for a top-five result.
"We were there at the end," Ambrose said.
"We had a strong day. We decided we were going to run aggressive all day and try to stay up at the front, and we did that.
"We had ourselves in position to get a top-five and just got tagged there at the end.
"I thought I missed the wreck, but looking back at these kind of races at least I didn't cause it.
"It is what it is... We'll just go on to the next one and forget about this."
Starting from 20th position, Ambrose held station until skilfully missing a lap 17 accident which included Carl Edwards and Cole Witt.
From the restart, Ambrose moved into 11th position by lap 43 of 188, before making a four tyre pit stop on lap 59.
Following the service, Ambrose found himself in fourth position, before drifting back to 10th place at the race's halfway mark.
With the fastest car on the track, Ambrose edged back into sixth position on lap 92, before a caution for the crashed car of Kurt Busch slowed the field on lap 99.
Subsequent to a round of pit stops, Ambrose led the field back to the green flag. After leading a pair of laps, Ambrose circulated strongly in the top-ten.
A debris caution saw the field hit pit lane, with the DEWALT Ford returning for a top-up of fuel before the green flag waved again.
Within 20 laps of the finish, Ambrose ran as high as third position, but when Jamie McMurray spun with five laps to go, the call was made to add fuel for a final time.
With a green-white-chequered flag finish set up, Ambrose started the last lap near the front of the four-wide pack.
Unfortunately the dreaded "big one" accident came in turns three and four, with Tony Stewart tumbling down the track.
NASCAR classified Ambrose in 27th position, but the Australian retains 17th in the point standings.
Matt Kenseth was credited with the race victory, with only three of the 43 cars able to drive cleanly over the finish line.
The Chase for the Sprint Cup next week returns to the Charlotte Motor Speedway for a 500 mile race.
Talladega 500 Results
1. Matt Kenseth (Ford)
2. Jeff Gordon (Chevrolet)
3. Kyle Busch (Toyota)
4. David Ragan (Ford)
5. Greg Biffle (Ford)
6. Regan Smith (Chevrolet)
7. Brad Keselowski (Dodge)
8. Travis Kvapil (Toyota)
9. Ryan Newman (Chevrolet)
10. Jeff Burton (Chevrolet)
27. Marcos Ambrose (Ford)
NASCAR Sprint Cup Standings (after 30 of 36 races)
1. Brad Keselowski (Dodge)- 2179 points
2. Jimmie Johnson (Chevrolet)- 2165
3. Denny Hamlin (Toyota)- 2159
4. Kasey Kahne (Chevrolet)- 2142
5. Clint Bowyer (Toyota)- 2142
6. Jeff Gordon (Chevrolet)- 2137
7. Tony Stewart (Chevrolet)- 2136
8. Martin Truex Jr (Toyota)- 2132
9. Greg Biffle (Ford)- 2131
10. Kevin Harvick (Chevrelot)- 2127
17. Marcos Ambrose (Ford)- 818
Australian TV Guide
Times in AEDST, check local guides for details.
Monday October 8th
7:00pm- Talladega 500, SPEED + SPEED HD
Tuesay October 9th
6:00am- NASCAR Now, ESPN2 + ESPN2 HD
7:00am- Talladega 500, ONE HD
Thursday October 11th
9:00am- Talladega 500 Qualifying, ONE HD
10:00am- Talladega 500, ONE HD
Friday October 12th
12:00am- Talladega 500, SPEED + SPEED HD
10:00am- Talladega 500, ONE HD
2:30pm- Charlotte 500 Qualifying, SPEED + SPEED HD
8:30pm- Charlotte 500 Qualifying, SPEED + SPEED HD
Saturday October 13th
4:00am- Charlotte 500 Qualifying, SPEED + SPEED HD
2:00pm- Charlotte 500 Final Practice, SPEED + SPEED HD
5:30pm- NASCAR Now, ESPN + ESPN HD
11:30pm- Charlotte 500 Final Practice, SPEED + SPEED HD
Sunday October 14th
1:00am- NASCAR Now, ESPN2 + ESPN2 HD
3:00am- Talladega 500, ONE HD
3:30am- Talladega 500, SPEED + SPEED HD
6:00am- Talladega 500, ONE HD
9:00am- Charlotte 500 Final Practice, SPEED + SPEED HD
10:00am- Charlotte 500 LIVE, SPEED + SPEED HD
Charlotte 500 Preview
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Track Distance: 1.5 miles/2.41km
Track Type: Intermediate Quad-Oval
Crowd Capacity: 165,000
Marcos Ambrose Results at Charlotte Motor Speedway
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
2012 (1): 32nd (led 20 laps)
2012 All-Star Race: 7th
2011 (2): 5th
2011 (1): 6th (led 18 laps)
2011 Shootout: 3rd
2010 (2): 16th
2010 (1): 36th (contact)
2010 Shootout: 5th
2009 (2): 22nd
2009 (1): 26th
2009 Shootout: 10th
NASCAR Nationwide Series
2008 (2): 15th
2008 (1): 14th
2007 (2): 40th (contact)
2007 (1): 20th
NASCAR Truck Series
2006: 36th (contact)