Ambrose A Perfect Ten

A tenth place finish by Marcos Ambrose in Sunday's Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway continued the impressive early season performance by the personable Australian driver.

Ambrose had his JTG-Daugherty Racing Toyota near the front of the field for much of the 500-lap grind on the high-banked short track and was able to nurse home his car to the 10th-place finish despite some engine malfunctions.

"We lost the number two and number four cylinders today so we were running on six at the end, but somehow we brought it home," Ambrose said.

"We’ve had good runs every single race this year. We’ve just had problems. Problems during the race -- might have blown up at Atlanta and then we had some other issues with our deal at Vegas and here we are. We’re finally hitting our form and showing everybody what we got."

What made Sunday's finish even more impressive is the fact t=it was Ambrose's first Sprint Cup start at Bristol.

"I just can’t wait to start hitting these tracks the second time," he said. "This is my very first COT race at a short track -- first time at Bristol in a COT and I’m just really excited with the result today and hopefully it leads to better things.”

The former road racing veteran has made a steady climb in NASCAR since becoming a full-time Nationwide Series driver and now a Sprint Cup regular.

"It’s just great. I’m really keen to trying to break that mentality thing of a road racing guy," Ambrose said. "I know I’m good on road courses, but I want to be good at every single track we go to and today was a big step to really validate why I’m here on a full-time Cup ride."

"We’re going to celebrate tonight because it feels like a win to us considering the adversity that we had today."

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