Ambrose strong in Gatorade Duel

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Friday 24th February, 2012 - 6:05am

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Marcos Ambrose will be one to watch in the Daytona 500

Marcos Ambrose will head into this weekend’s Daytona 500 full of confidence after another strong performance at the famous speedway – this time in the first Gatorade Duel.

After finishing third in last Saturday night’s non-championship Budweiser Shootout, Ambrose repeated that effort in today’s first Gatorade Duel.

The first duel was won by Tony Stewart with Dale Earnhardt Jr in second.

With a group of drivers needing to race their way into the Daytona 500, there was a number of big moments.

A multi-car wreck on lap #9 of #60 sidelined Juan Pablo Montoya, Paul Menard and David Gilliland.

Ambrose and Denny Hamlin, chose not to stop under the caution while the majority of the field did come to pit road. They both came to the pits on lap #44 to take two tyres and fuel.

With seven laps remaining Michael Waltrip hit the wall after making his pit stop. This worked in the favour of Ambrose and Hamlin who were brought back to the field.

As the first car a lap down, Ambrose got the ‘Lucky Dog’ and was able to make an extra pit stop and be in the running for the victory coming to the chequered flag.

On the final lap Danica Patrick was turned at high-speed into the inside wall in a spectacular accident. She was OK and will start the big race on Sunday.

“We didn’t pit the first time around and that kind of hurt us a little bit,” said Ambrose.

“We learned a lot for Sunday, we got a good result. We are smiling right now but it was very close to being the other way around.

“We have great power and a good handling car. Our team is rolling. We’ve had a great speedweeks and we are going to keep it that way for the 500 and have a good Sunday.”

Ambrose will start from seventh place after the running of the second Gatorade Duel this morning. Click here for that report.

RESULTS: Gatorade Duel #1

FIN

CAR

DRIVER

MAKE

SPONSOR

LAPS

STATUS

1 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 60 Running
2 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Diet Mountain Dew / National Guard 60 Running
3 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Stanley 60 Running
4 98 Michael McDowell Ford K-Love / Curb Records 60 Running
5 7 Robby Gordon Dodge Mapei / Menards / Speed Energy 60 Running
6 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 60 Running
7 99 Carl Edwards Ford Fastenal 60 Running
8 22 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 60 Running
9 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser 60 Running
10 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats 60 Running
11 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford Ford EcoBoost 60 Running
12 21 Trevor Bayne Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 60 Running
13 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 60 Running
14 34 David Ragan Ford Scorpion Truck Bed Liners 60 Running
15 43 Aric Almirola Ford Smithfield “Helping Hungry Homes” 60 Running
16 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 60 Accident
17 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express 60 Running
18 140 Michael Waltrip Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 51 Accident
19 30 David Stremme Toyota Inception Motorsports 27 In Pit
20 37 Mike Wallace Ford Poynt.com 23 Out of Race
21 32 Terry Labonte Ford C&J Energy 12 In Pit
22 38 David Gilliland Ford MHP Power Pak Pudding 8 Accident
23 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 8 Accident
24 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Peak / Menards 8 Accident
25 83 Landon Cassill Toyota Burger King 3  In Pit

 

 

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