Monday, May 18, 2009

Ambrose Finished Top 10 in First NASCAR Sprint Showdown

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 17, 2009) - - Marcos Ambrose took the checkered flag with his No. 47 Kingsford® Charcoal Toyota in 10th-place Saturday night in the NASCAR Sprint Showdown at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Sam Hornish Jr. and Jamie McMurray finished first and second and Joey Logano won fan vote to advance to premier event - - Sprint All-Star Race.

“We started off loose, but we were pretty good,” Ambrose said.

The lineup was set by the qualifying draw due to inclement weather that caused NASCAR to cancel Sprint Showdown qualifying. Ambrose lined up 14th in the 35-car field while Kirk Shelmerdine, Carl Long, David Stremme, Dave Blaney and Scott Riggs occupied the top-five starting positions for the 40 lap preliminary race with two segments.

As the race began, the first caution happened at Lap 2, which involved Tony Raines. Ambrose was ninth when the race went back to green flag racing at Lap 7. He maintained a top 10 run most of the first 20 lap segment and crossed the start-finish line 11th when the caution flag was displayed at Lap 20.

“I was a little too loose,” Ambrose said.

When the second segment kicked off, Ambrose was right back inside the top 10 and running lap times as fast as leader David Stremme. With 15 to go, he was scored in eighth-place. Inside 10 laps remaining, he was 11th and determined to get a top-10 out of his first race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in the No. 47 Kingsford® Charcoal Toyota. Ambrose crossed the finish line 10th.

“We were tight in the roll,” Ambrose said. “We ran decent and it was a good practice session for us to help prepare for the Coca-Cola 600 next weekend."

For the NASCAR Sprint All-Star event, Tony Stewart won, Matt Kenseth finished second, Kurt Busch was third, Denny Hamlin was fourth and Carl Edwards rounded out the top-five.

Live coverage of the Coca Cola 600 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 24th begins at 5 p.m. ET on FOX. MRN and Sirius Satellite Radio will also carry the event.

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