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Potential Strong Talladega Finish for Ambrose Ruined by Wreck

Marcos Ambrose
Marcos Ambrose
Marcos Ambrose has had a potentially strong finish evaporate in a second after the Australian was caught up in a massive accident in the Aaron’s 312 at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama today.

With 47 laps remaining Ambrose was running in 17th position in the #59 Kingsford Hickory Ford Fusion. Ambrose was running in the main pack and on the lead lap while conserving his Ford for the finish.

But when Kevin LePage’s car was struck from behind by the pack as he rejoined the track, chaos ensued and cars were left with no where to go in what is commonly known as ‘the big one’, a multiple car accident in a restrictor plate race on a superspeedway.

Ambrose was running on the high line and went up the banking to try and avoid the wreck but was left with nowhere to go and hit both the wall and other cars. Over a dozen cars were damaged in the accident.

The JTG Racing crew made hurried repairs to the #59 Kingsford Hickory Ford Fusion to allow Ambrose to complete a further 11 laps, ensuring he moved ahead of other cars involved in the incident and was classified in 28th position.

Ambrose drops one place to 14th in the 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series standings after today’s bad luck and will be back in action next weekend at Richmond International Raceway for the 11th race of the season.

Tony Stewart won today’s Aaron’s 312 ahead of David Stremme and Bobby Hamilton Jr.

Marcos Ambrose - #59 Kingsford Hickory Ford Fusion
“There’s nothing you can do in that situation and sometimes these things happen,” said Ambrose.

“We were running to plan, just hanging out there in the lead pack and getting ready to make a run at the front.

“I took the conservative approach like a lot of others. It was all running pretty smoothly but once the wreck started there was no stopping it.

“We got it back out there and moved up a little, salvaging something out of nothing I guess. I’ve definitely got the thank the crew for that because we are trying to score all the points we can get.

“There’s nothing you can do about it. We’ll just put this behind us and look to run well at Richmond next week. We’re certainly not the only ones that got caught up in it – Talladega looked like a parking lot after the dust settled!”

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