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Ambrose is one of NASCAR's road course experts.
If not for a bizarre set of circumstances at Infineon Raceway last season, he wouldn’t even be on the list. Ambrose had his first Cup Series win in the bag until a late yellow flag. He was turning his engine on and off during the caution laps to save fuel, but his car failed to re-fire as it approached one of the road course's many hills. His car came to a stop, allowing him to be passed by five other cars because he was unable to maintain pit road speed under caution.
If you are a little confused, it's okay. The chain of events was so rare that it is unlikely to ever be seen again.
Despite the disappointment last season, Ambrose has been a dominant road course driver since joining the Cup Series. He has five top-10 finishes in six road course starts, including four top-three finishes. It is only a matter of time before he cashes in and finally gets to Victory Lane.
Don’t rule out an oval track victory, either. He has finished as high as third at Bristol and as high as fifth at Richmond. Not to mention his fourth-place finish at Las Vegas earlier this year.