Re: Marcos- Race 10- Aaron's 499- Talladega Superspeedway Talladega, AL 2014
Marcos Ambrose No. 9 DEWALT Ford summary.
Starting in a backup DEWALT Ford, Ambrose led Sunday's race for three laps and came to the final laps in contention for a Top-10 finish. The caution on the last lap, waved for debris after cars went spinning after taking the White Flag, slowed the progress of Ambrose and he was not able to use the rest of the lap to draft back up through the field before the race was ended. It was a let down after Ambrose proved he had a car capable of leading earlier in the race.
Each year, the 188-lap event plays out like a chess match, positioning yourself for the end of the event and getting in yourself in the right spot to draft to the front. Ambrose preferred the top line all day on Sunday as his car did not perform well on the bottom line. The DEWALT No. 9 was seen in the middle and top lines all race and from Laps 135 to 137, Ambrose led the top line to the front of the field.
Ambrose, however, wanted to make it to the end before making another charge to the front. He went to the back of the pack numerous times on purpose and at the end was in the back with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Carl Edwards among others waiting to draft through the field.
The race was defined by four cautions late in the race that setup the ending. The first came on Lap 138 that involved 14 cars. Ambrose was leading the race at that point and was in a great position. The next defining caution waved on Lap 176 that involved another eight cars. Ambrose avoided that wreck as well by being patient behind the pack. A four car accident on Lap 184 was behind Ambrose as he started moving up. This set up the final green run, and on the restart cars spun around Ambrose. He had to be careful to avoid that, but it did not allow him to maximize the draft. The caution did not wave until later in the lap that ended the race. It was disappointing as Ambrose wanted to complete the final lap to draft up higher into the field.
"I think we put ourselves in a good position most of the race," said Ambrose. "We were never really in danger and we weren't around the wrecks. It's disappointing to finish 19th today because this car led the race. We needed some help and the final restart was hectic. I didn't have anyone behind me and couldn't get a push. It could have been worse, but we really played this smart and just wanted more to show for it."
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