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Ambrose Loses Ignition in Bristol

Marcos Ambrose
Marcos Ambrose
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Marcos Ambrose’s playful demeanor was replaced by frustration and disappointment last Friday at the Bristol Motor Speedway.

A faulty ignition caused the No. 59 Kingsford with Hickory Ford to lose 20 laps during the Food City 250, relegating the team to a 34th-place finish.

The JTG Daugherty Racing team started the race with 11 consecutive Top 20 finishes. Despite the mechanical glitch, Ambrose remained 10th in the NASCAR Nationwide Series standings heading into next Saturday’s race at Fontana, Calif. “It just stopped,” Ambrose said. “We have back-up boxes and stuff, but nothing worked so we had to come in and change the whole panel and away she went. We just tripped over ourselves. We’re trying to get into the Top 10 in points. If we’re going to stay there, we have to avoid nights like this.”

Crew chief Gary Cogswell said the team will dedicate itself to finding the problem this week in the shop. He also said the quick work by the Kingsford team minimized the deficit.

“It was very unusual what happened. We’ll go over everything to see what caused the problem and it won’t happen again,” he said. “We changed out an entire ignition box in about eight or nine minutes. The guys jumped right on the problem and we got Marcos back on the track as soon as possible.” The team’s persistence may prove critical at the end of the season. By making quick repairs and returning, Ambrose picked up several spots in the final rundown. He’s now 57 points from ninth place in the rankings.

Once Ambrose returned to the half-mile raceway, the strategy changed to making laps and staying out of trouble. It was a unique approach to one of the most-competitive short tracks in the sport.

“I tried to look after the car and be nice to people out there,” Ambrose said. “Normally you’re on the offense at Bristol. We had to play defense. At the same time, we got some laps at Bristol, which always helps. But all in all, it was a very disappointing day.”


  • Ambrose is 10th in the NASCAR Nationwide Series standings with five Top-10 finishes – and one victory – in 26 starts for JTG Daugherty Racing.
  • Ambrose has 11 consecutive Top 20 finishes in is last 12 Nationwide Series races.
  • Brad Keselowski won the Food City 250, while Clint Bowyer was second, Greg Biffle was third, Cale Gale was fourth and David Stremme was fifth.
  • JTG Daugherty Racing teammate Kelly Bires finished 17th in the No. 47 Clorox Ford.
  • The Camping World 300 is next Saturday night at the Auto Club Speedway at California.

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