It has been a very difficult season to start with for Marcos Ambrose and his JTG Daugherty team. So far 2010 has been somewhat forgettable for them.
Ambrose finished 41st at Daytona and then 35th at California. He went on to finish 14th at Las Vegas the team was looking forward and building on the momentum.
"Well, we finished and that's more than what we've done the last two races," Ambrose said. "Our season starts right now. We've got to build from that. We've got ourselves in the back 40, that helps us get out of a hole here. We're worried about top 35. If we get a couple more good races like that, we'll be fine."
Well here we sit 1/3 way through the season and Ambrose is sitting 30th in the points and his Chase hopes are over.
Really this was decided weeks ago with their 25th place finish at Darlington, followed by two 36th place finishes at Dover and then Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Ambrose last season was able to turn bad cars into good finishes. He was a contender for the Chase for most of the regular season. It was his consistency that put him in position.
They are missing something performance wise. They have engine failures and part issues on multiple occasions on top of the fact they are lacking speed on the charts.
Now Ambrose and his team must shift their focus to finishing races and figuring out what has went wrong since last season.
With Chase hopes out of the picture, they are heading to Pocono a track where Ambrose should run well. Pocono Raceway drives similar to a road course. Ambrose average 20th but he finished sixth here last June.
When they have started the weekend off strong they tend to have better finishes so if he can qualify better than his average of 19th at Pocono that could bode well for them on Sunday.
Ambrose’s attitude has never changed even with their struggles. His positive attitude no matter what the results is exactly what this team needs to battle through this tough stretch.
They might not make the Chase but this team is more than capable of climbing out of the points cellar.