Richard Petty, aka "the King", owns a team and the two drivers lucky enough to drive for him are Marcos Ambrose and A.J. Allmendinger. From now until the end of the season I'll be recapping the team after every race, regardless of whether or not these drivers make it into the Chase. They still have to race every weekend and their performance plays a huge role in their careers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
|As the latest winner, Ambrose also is now a part of the Sprint|
Summer Showdown set for Atlanta Motor Speedway.
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On the final restart Kyle Busch and Ambrose go for the checkered flag with Brad Keselowski close behind. After Busch nearly loses the car and is shuffled back a bit Ambrose and Keselowski continue to race for the win taking the white flag. Ambrose is able to pass the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge in turn 5 and holds the lead until the caution flag flies signifying the end of the race. Ambrose wins his very first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, becoming the fifth first-time winner this season.
|picture by Genevieve Cadorette|
Allmendinger was clearly upset with the No. 22 and made it very clear on his radio as re-entered the race in 35th position. By lap 27 Allmendinger had reached the 18th position. He was able to re-enter the top-10 in ninth spot on lap 47. Allmendinger fluctuated with positions, pitted on lap 50, and by the 72nd lap was in the 12th position. In the end, Allmendinger finished 8th and moved up a spot to 16th in the points for the Chase to the Sprint Cup.