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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Mad Max, Marcos Ambrose Sip the Sonoma Wine While It’s Sour Grapes for Others

I would not have expected the road course in Sonoma to be the site of rookie success, but it nearly was on Sunday. In fact, at one point, all three ROTY candidates ā€“ Logano, Papis and Speed ā€“ along with almost rookie Ambrose were running in the top 15. The most impressive of those runs in my mind goes to Logano, who is the only one out of the four without extensive road-course experience. Ambrose certainly got his redemption after breaking a transmission while running up front last year at this venue and continues to hang within somewhat reasonable distance from the final chase position, quite a feat for this first full-time season. Logano and Speed meanwhile, can take considerable amount of confidence away from their Sonoma runs for the second road-course event at Watkins Glen, even though their finishes are not reflective of how they ran in the race.

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