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Ambrose overcomes wall-slapper


Former Australian V8 Supercar champion, Marcos Ambrose, has finished 22nd in the Power Stroke Diesel 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck series race at O’Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis, last weekend.

Ambrose had his Ford F-150 in 15th place when he was slowed by another truck’s accident.
The Team Australia driver qualified 19th and made a series of set-up changes during the race, enabling him to make a charge up the order.
But on lap 185 of the 200 lap race, Robert Richardson made contact with another truck on the front straight and lost control, spinning into the side of Ambrose’s Ford and pushing it up into the Turn 1 wall.
Ambrose made two pitstops under the subsequent caution make repairs to truck and stayed on the lead lap.
Rick Crawford won the race, ahead of Dennis Setzer and Ron Hornaday.
“One of the problems for us tonight was that this was a one day race meeting and you do all your set-up on the truck during the day,” Ambrose said.
“Then when the race rolls around it’s night, so we really made a lot of changes to the truck tonight during the race because the track is completely different at night. We made a lot of pitstops and always kept changing the set-up to get it better. If we had a race tomorrow we would be set.”
After the accident, “we managed to pull a fender off and get the truck going to stay on the lead lap and finish in a respectable position, so I have to take my hat off to the crew for some slick pit work in the dying stages there.
“Over half the trucks here tonight finished with damage, it’s just the way it is on the short tracks. Sometimes you can’t help what happens in front of you, so you just have to make the most of what you’ve got."

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