By admin | April 29, 2009
By Richard Allen
There were plenty of things to remember about the 2009 Aaronâ€™s 499 at the Talladega Super Speedway. Brad Keselowskiâ€™s shocking win. Carl Edwards nearly disastrous flip. Two separate crashes that could have each been labeled â€˜The Big Oneâ€™.
Amid all of that, one thing that may have easily passed by the attention of even those with the keenest eye for detail was the 4th place finish of Marcos Ambrose.
Ambrose drove a somewhat inconspicuous race, rarely running near the front of the pack. By hanging out at the rear he was able to miss the two big crashes and other spins. His strategy seemed to be to let the competition eliminate themselves. The strategy worked.
Ambrose did have at least one brush with disaster when pseudo-teammate Michael Waltrip cut in front of him and clipped the nose of Ambroseâ€™s car. The contact sent Waltrip spinning.
Ambroseâ€™s finish made him the biggest mover of the week in the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings. He advanced seven spots, up to 19th. The finish was his first Top 5 and second Top 10 of the season.
The likeable Australian driver and his JTG-Daugherty Racing team have shown improvement throughout the early part of this season which has placed them solidly inside the Top 35.
Many expected that Marcos Ambrose would be a serious contender on road courses due to his experience on those type tracks. However, this driver is showing he can contend on other tracks as well.
Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly column appears in The Mountain Press every Wednesday.
*For a chuckle, click on the link below to catch the latest in my animated series, “Racing Re-Cap:Talladega”.
In this episode racing reporter Mark Mustang is amazed that his co-host, Daisy Dreamboat, actually has a racing question. However, the question turns out not to be race related at all.
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