NASCAR: Top drivers of 2014 – No. 23 Marcos Ambrose

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Marcos Ambrose

Season finish: 23rd

2014 Season Stats: 0 Wins, 3 Top-5s, 7 Top-10s, 0 Poles.

What went right: Ambrose picked up a pair of early-season Top-5 runs on the short tracks at Bristol and Martinsville, but had his best performance of 2014 in his natural habitat. The Australian road racing ace fought with American counterpart A.J. Allmendinger in a tremendous race over hill and dale at Watkins Glen before finishing second. That result came one day after winning at the Glen in the XFINITY Series undercard.

What went wrong: Unfortunately for Ambrose, coming one spot short to Allmendinger at the Glen meant that his best hope to join Richard Petty Motorsports teammate Aric Almirola in the Chase went unfulfilled. Outside the road courses and some of the short tracks, Ambrose’s results weren’t bad but weren’t especially great, either. He also got himself fined $25,000 for punching Casey Mears following a post-race discussion between the two at Richmond this spring.

2015 Prospectus: One of the best road racers in NASCAR history is heading home to Australia to resume his V8 Supercars career with the DJR Team Penske squad. Former Indy 500 champion Sam Hornish Jr. will replace Ambrose in RPM’s No. 9 Ford Fusion.