By admin | March 6, 2012
By Richard Allen
Australian native Marcos Ambrose came to Camping World Truck Series in 2006 from a road course based form of racing in his homeland. And for the first several seasons in which he competed in each of the three top levels of NASCAR, the likable driver was considered a road course ace who was attempting to find his way on the more prevalent oval tracks.
And still to this date, Ambroseâ€™s only victories in NASCAR racing have come on the twisting circuits that feature both left and right hand turns. He has four Nationwide Series wins with three coming at Watkins Glen and one in Montreal. Last year, Ambrose also added a Sprint Cup victory at Watkins Glen to his resume.
However, Ambrose has definitely shown of late that his abilities are not limited simply to road courses. At the end of 2011 he scored five top-11 finishes over the course of the last eight Sprint Cup races. All of those high finishes, which included a 5th place in Charlotte, were on ovals.
So far this season, Ambrose and his Richard Petty Motorsports team have picked up where they left off in 2011. The #9 Ford was competitive every time it took to the track during SpeedWeeks in Daytona.
Ambrose placed 3rd in the Bud Shootout exhibition race and added another 3rd in the first of the two Gatorade Duel qualifying races for the Daytona 500. In â€˜The Great American Raceâ€™ itself, Ambrose scored a 13th place result but ran much higher in the order at varying points throughout the rain delayed Monday night event.
This past weekend in Phoenix, Ambrose looked like a threat to collect his first oval track win on the oddly shaped one-mile track. Unfortunately, his engine gave way as he ran in 3rd place after 295 of the 312 laps that made up the distance for that event.
With solid performances already in his rearview mirror in 2012, Ambrose and the Sprint Cup Series head to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend. This driver and team should come into the race with a great deal of optimism as their most recent performance on the 1.5 mile D-shaped oval resulted in a 4th place finish last year.
Even though there have been sponsorship and other issues to somewhat cloud the future of RPM, Marcos Ambroseâ€™s performances of late are definitely offering the organization hope for the remainder of the 2012 season.
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