Top effort … Ambrose again beat NASCAR’s best, including reigning champ Jimmie Johnson. Source: Supplied
Marcos Ambrose has praised his Richard Petty Motorsports team after finishing sixth in the Coca Cola 600 and spent a lot of the race in the lead.
If it wasn’t for a loose wheel causing Ambrose to pit and drop a lap on the leaders, the Aussie may well could have taken his first NASCAR Sprint Cup victory.
"I’m just really proud of my DeWALT team tonight," Ambrose said.
"we had a really fast car, we really ran at the front and led some laps, so it was an awesome experience to be a part of, but it just didn’t go our way.
"we had a loose wheel and got off sequence, but we fought and fought and got ourselves back up into a good top-10 finish".
Ambrose could have taken a punt in the closing stages of the race by staying out and risk running out of fuel, but RPM elected to do a splash-and-dash.
The Aussie eventually stormed home and just passed last lap leader Dale Earnhardt Jnr who did take the gamble with fuel and his Chevrolet engine ran out of juice with one corner to run.
The Tasmanian will move on to the STP 400 at Kansas Speedway in just one weeks time and it will be live on SPEED and SPEED HD.