Australian Ambrose gets hit with 25k fine

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Photo: Sangjib Min

Sprint Cup NASCAR driver Marcos Ambrose has been fined $25,000 for punching fellow driver, Casey Mears, after an on-track altercation in last Saturday’s Toyota Owners 400 at the Richmond International Raceway in Virginia.

Mears was fined $15,000 after pushing and intimidating the Australian, enticing Ambrose to punch him in the face , after a disagreement about the result of a large crash.

Mears talked to Fox Sports 1’s Race Hub and said he and Ambrose are okay.

“At the end of the day, none of that should ever happen,” Mears said.

“But in the heat of the moment, when you get out of your race car, and some stuff just happened that you didn’t like, we started going at each other, and before we knew it, it escalated very quickly.”

Ambrose finished the race in 18th, alongside Mears in 19th place.

Both drivers have been put on probation until May 28, with neither suffering suspension for the post-race incident.

Ambrose, a former V8 Supercar champion, is known for his fiery attitude at the racetrack after having a similar altercation with New Zealand driver Greg Murphy at the Bathurst 1000 in 2005.

In an exclusive interview in 2012, a NASCAR journalist asked Ambrose if he had any regrets.

“Anything I regret? Yeah. There was this guy in Australia – Bathurst 2005 – and he took me out of the race.

“We had a bit of a shouting match, and I regret I didn’t punch him.”

Murphy later watched the video of Ambrose in America punching Mears.

“I didn’t think he had it in him,” Murphy said.

“Maybe he saw a picture of my head on Casey Mears’ shoulders, who knows?

“He obviously got a big shove from Casey for whatever reason that moved him aside and that was enough to get him riled up.”

Ambrose and Mears will come head-to-head at the next Sprint Cup race held at Talladega this weekend. (video courtesy of Fox Sports)


Aussie Ambrose Hit with 25k Fine

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Our Tassie Devil driver Marcos Ambrose, currently racing on circles in NASCAR, has been fined $25,000 for punching fellow driver Casey Mears after a massive stock-car style crash in Richmond, Virginia.

Not only was Mears suffering from a black eye, he was also hit with a 15k fine after pushing and riling-up the Aussie, enticing Ambrose to crack Mears in the face.

Mears said in an interview though that’s its all good with Ambrose, but that he’ll never forget being punched in the face.

Ambrose still managed to finish the race in 18th, alongside Mears in 19th place.

Both drivers have been put on probation until May 28, with neither drivers suffering suspension for the post-race incident.

Ambrose, a former V8 Supercar champion, is known for his fiery attitude at the racetrack after having a similar altercation with New Zealand driver Greg Murphy at the Bathurst 1000 in 2005.

In 2012 Ambrose was asked if he had any regrets in his career and said, “anything I regret? Yeah. There was this guy in Australia – and I regret I didn’t punch him.”

Greg Murphy was also fiery and when he saw the footage of his old rival smashing a guy in the face in America, Murphs didn’t think he had it in him.

“Maybe he saw a picture of my head on Casey Mears’ shoulders. Who knows?”

The Talladega event (Talladega nights? Yep, we all though it) is this weekend; let’s see if Ambrose and Mears can shake and bake it out.

Check out Ambrose getting a hook-in on Mears:

Third Year Unlucky at Watkins Glen for Ambrose

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After dominating the Watkins Glen race in NASCAR for the last two years, Marcos Ambrose was unable to finish the race this year after coming across some bad luck.

Marcos Ambrose in qualifying. Picture: Tom RyderTom Ryder/AP Photo

Tasmanian Marcos Ambrose had a tough day behind the wheel at Watkins Glen, being taken out of contention for the race with six laps to go.

The Sprint Cup regular won the race in the last two years, and was looking on the money to make it three in a row for the Richard Petty Motorsports team.

Starting from pole position, Ambrose took the lead early on and had control of the race for 51 laps, until an incident occurred on the track when Ambrose was taking his pit-stop.

The #9 Stanley Ford driver was then stuck in pit-lane, causing Ambrose to fall back through the field.

Running outside the top 10 after a race restart, a suspected mechanical fault saw the 36-year-old struggle for pace, forcing him into the wall on the run through turns 2-3-4.

Ambrose was clearly frustrated by the racing incident, chucking his steering wheel inside the cabin of the car, then throwing his helmet against his Ford.

The New York race also saw another past V8 Supercar driver make the field, with Australian Owen Kelly finishing 24th, stating he lost positions due to Ambrose’s crash.

Kelly is set to race again in the Nationwide series with Joe Gibbs Racing, running at the Mid-Ohio circuit next weekend.

After having an unfortunate end to the race last year, Kyle Busch held off Brad Keselowski to claim a thrilling win.

Pos Driver Car/Engine Laps Time/Delay
1 Kyle Busch Toyota 90 2:32:04
2 Brad Keselowski Ford 90 0.486
3 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 90 22:27:56
4 Carl Edwards Ford 90 22:27:56
5 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 90 22:27:56
6 Clint Bowyer Toyota 90 22:27:56
7 Joey Logano Ford 90 22:27:56
8 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 90 22:27:56
9 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 90 22:27:56
10 A.J. Allmendinger Toyota 90 22:27:56
11 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 90 22:27:56
12 Casey Mears Ford 90 22:27:56
13 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 90 22:27:56
14 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 90 22:27:56
15 Massimiliano Papis Chevrolet 90 22:27:56
16 Greg Biffle Ford 90 22:27:56
17 Paul Menard Chevrolet 90 22:27:56
18 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 90 22:27:56
19 Denny Hamlin Toyota 90 22:27:56
20 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 90 22:27:56
21 David Ragan Ford 90 22:27:56
22 Boris Said Ford 90 22:27:56
23 Matt Kenseth Toyota 90 22:27:56
24 Owen Kelly Chevrolet 90 22:27:56
25 David Gilliland Ford 90 22:27:56
26 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 90 22:27:56
27 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 90 22:27:56
28 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 90 22:27:56
29 Alex Kennedy Toyota 90 22:27:56
30 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 85 5 Laps
31 Marcos Ambrose Ford 84 Accident
32 Brian Vickers Toyota 84 Accident
33 David Stremme Toyota 83 7 Laps
34 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 82 8 Laps
35 Ron Fellows Chevrolet 74 16 Laps
36 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 65 25 Laps
37 Aric Almirola Ford 58 Accident
38 Michael McDowell Ford 58 Suspension
39 Brian Keselowski Toyota 47 Brakes
40 Travis Kvapil Toyota 41 Accident
41 Victor Gonzalez Chevrolet 39 Accident
42 Tomy Drissi Toyota 39 Accident
43 David Reutimann Toyota 4 Engine

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NASCAR: Aussie Ambrose wins in challenging conditions

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Finger Lakes 355 at the Glen

Australian Marcos Ambrose scored his second-straight win after an eventful finish at Watkins Glen, a race Ambrose later claimed to be the best race of his career.

Ambrose only led eight laps of the 90 lap race, but made sure the last lap counted, despite engine oil was spreading all over the circuit from Bobby Labonte’s car and a crash between then race leader Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski.

With Keselowski and Ambrose away from the rest of the field, it was a final lap dash with pure racing.

Keselowski and Ambrose battled for position until the chequered flag, which saw both drivers running wide off the circuit to claim the final positions for the race.

Ford-driver Ambrose took his second-straight win at the Watkins Glen circuit, with Brad Keselowski finishing in second place and current championship leader Jimmie Johnson rounding out the top three.

With Ambrose using a three pit-stop strategy, this meant he could drive flat out throughout the entire race.

Despite falling back to as 24th position at one point, Ambrose continued to put himself back into contention for the win.

The final ten laps of the race saw Ambrose take second position from Keselowski, but with the fluid on the track and Ambrose’s tyres beyond new, Keselowski gained his position back before the final lap with Kyle Busch in first position.

After the race, Ambrose dedicated his win to his father, who has recently been dealing with illness.

“A big shout-out to dad, he’s been in hospital all week and I wish I was there with you,” Ambrose told the press.

“I hope this makes you feel better.

“It was great racing with Kyle and Brad and that’s the way racing should be.

“We burnt everything up at the end as our strategy was to do three stops. You just have to take lady luck when it strikes and it was our day.

“I was the first one to slip on the oil and that’s when Brad got past.

“It was just getting worse and worse, and you could just tell as the car was moving all over the race track.

“You have to take your chances and you have to commit at that point of the race.”

Out of the five starts the Australian has had at Watkins Glen, Ambrose has won two races, his worst finish in third place.

Ambrose is known as the king at Watkins Glen since his switch from V8 Supercars to the Sprint Cup series, with Ambrose stating that the win this year was “pure joy”.

Race Results

1. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 90 laps 2hrs 18mins 1secs (47/1 pts)
2. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 90 laps + 0.571s (43/1 pts)
3. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 90 laps + 9.218s (41/0 pts)
4. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 90 laps + 9.269s (40/0 pts)
5. #22 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 90 laps + 9.493s (0pts)
6. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 90 laps + 10.289s (38/0 pts)
7. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 90 laps + 10.489s (39/2 pts)
8. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 90 laps + 11.124s (36/0 pts)
9. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 90 laps + 11.555s (35/0 pts)
10. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 90 laps + 12.631s (34/0 pts)
11. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 90 laps + 12.940s (33/0 pts)
12. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 90 laps + 12.999s (32/0 pts)
13. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 90 laps + 13.076s (31/0 pts)
14. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 90 laps + 13.584s (31/1 pts)
15. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 90 laps + 16.460s (29/0 pts)
16. #13 Casey Mears Ford 90 laps + 16.934s (28/0 pts)
17. #195 Scott Speed Ford 90 laps + 16.976s (27/0 pts)
18. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 90 laps + 17.050s (26/0 pts)
19. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 90 laps + 23.560s (25/0 pts)
20. #38 David Gilliland Ford 90 laps + 23.721s (24/0 pts)
21. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 90 laps + 24.430s (23/0 pts)
22. #34 David Ragan Ford 90 laps + 26.547s (22/0 pts)
23. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 90 laps + 37.988s (21/0 pts)
24. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 90 laps + 38.259s (20/0 pts)
25. #32 Boris Said Ford 90 laps + 63.902s (19/0 pts)
26. #33 Stephen Leicht * Chevrolet 90 laps + 80.259s (18/0 pts)
27. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 90 laps + 88.469s (17/0 pts)
28. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 89 laps + 1 lap (16/0 pts)
29. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 88 laps + 2 laps (0pts)
30. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 84 laps + 6 laps (14/0 pts)
31. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 81 laps + 9 laps (13/0 pts)
32. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 71 laps + 19 laps (12/0 pts)
33. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 63 laps Accident (12/1 pts)
34. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 57 laps Engine (10/0 pts)
35. #249 Jason Leffler Toyota 42 laps Engine (0pts)
36. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 41 laps Susp. (8/0 pts)
37. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 30 laps Rear Gear (7/0 pts)
38. #26 Josh Wise * Ford 25 laps Electrical (6/0 pts)
39. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 24 laps Accident (5/0 pts)
40. #10 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 15 laps Brakes (4/0 pts)
41. #119 Chris Cook Toyota 5 laps Brakes (3/0 pts)
42. #30 Patrick Long Toyota 2 laps Brakes (2/0 pts)
43. #55 Brian Vickers Toyota 0 laps Engine (1/0 pts)