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NASCAR 167 43 Marcos Ambrose's top career moments 31136914 Full of talent Full+of+talent NASCAR

Marcos Ambrose steadily has been making a name for himself in the NASCAR Sprint Cup ranks.

The wildly popular racer from Down Under brings a stout resume with him from Launceston, Tasmania, Australia. Already known for his road-course prowess, the 35-year-old is becoming a regular contender for a top spot on the ovals, as well. In his fourth full season of Cup competition, he’s certainly caught the attention of the field.

Here’s a look at his 10 greatest racing achievements:
 

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NASCAR 167 43 Marcos Ambrose's top career moments 31087596 Winner, winner Winner%2C+winner NASCAR

Although his NASCAR career is still extremely young, Ambrose already is appearing in Victory Lane in both the Cup and Nationwide ranks. He has two Cup victories to his credit, a win coming in the 2011 race at Watkins Glen International and again in the 2012 race at Watkins Glen. He also has four wins in the Nationwide ranks for a total of five career NASCAR victories.
 

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NASCAR 167 43 Marcos Ambrose's top career moments 31087597 Road ace Road+ace NASCAR

Ambrose has been one of the drivers to watch on road courses since he moved into the NASCAR ranks. In the Nationwide Series, he finished eighth in his first trip to Mexico City, seventh at Montreal and 13th at Watkins Glen. Overall, he has four road-course victories in the Nationwide ranks and seven top-five finishes on them. In the Cup ranks, in four starts at Sonoma he has three top-10 finishes, with a top finish of third. He has a win at Watkins Glen and has finished in the top five in each of his four races there.
 

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NASCAR 167 43 Marcos Ambrose's top career moments 31141911 Pole time Pole+time NASCAR

Ambrose earned his first pole position in his first season in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, taking the top spot at Memphis. But it’s his most recent pole position — the first of his Cup career and fifth overall in NASCAR that caught everyone’s attention. Ambrose was the fastest man in NASCAR in years, taking the pole position at 203.241 mph at Michigan International Speedway in June 2012.
 

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NASCAR 167 43 Marcos Ambrose's top career moments 31087591 Watch out for me! Watch+out+for+me%21 NASCAR

Before he came to NASCAR and captured the imagination of legions of fans there, Ambrose was tearing through racing series in Australia. The pinnacle of his success came in 2003 and 2004, when he won back-to-back V8 Supercar titles. He won 27 races during those two seasons and scored a round win in every Supercar season in which he competed.
 

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NASCAR 167 43 Marcos Ambrose's top career moments 31089303 Making his mark Making+his+mark+ NASCAR

When Ambrose decided to move into NASCAR stock cars, he did so with passion and intensity. Those characteristics, which have marked Ambrose’s career, brought results quickly in the Nationwide ranks. He began racing in the series full time in 2007 — and finished eighth in the standings, with six top-10 finishes, one of them a top five. In 2008, he made his first trip to Victory Lane in the series and finished 10th in the standings, with six top-10 finishes, three of them top fives. He has run a limited schedule in the Nationwide ranks since but added wins in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

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NASCAR 167 43 Marcos Ambrose's top career moments 31087594 Karting King Karting+King NASCAR

Ambrose was a success from practically the first moment he mashed the gas pedal. He tore through the karting world at a very young age and took four Tasmanian Junior karting titles before he even reached the legal driving age of 16.
 

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NASCAR 167 43 Marcos Ambrose's top career moments 31087599 Title man Title+man NASCAR

Ambrose has been making his mark on racing — and his competitors — for years. As he made his way from go-karts, where he was wildly successful, to cars Ambrose showed just how short his learning curve could be. He gained acclaim by winning the 1999 British Formula Ford championship.
 

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NASCAR 167 43 Marcos Ambrose's top career moments 31087595 Big-time earner Big-time+earner NASCAR

Ambrose certainly has run well in NASCAR’s bigger races in his career, netting him a stellar payday from time to time. In just his fourth full season of Cup competition, he has earned more than $17.3 million in purses.
 

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NASCAR 167 43 Marcos Ambrose's top career moments 31087598 Best yet Best+yet NASCAR

In 2009, Ambrose marked his top season’s finish in Cup. Driving for JTG Daugherty Racing, he earned top-10 finishes on a wide array of tracks. He was fourth at Talladega, sixth at Pocono, third at Sonoma and third at Bristol, among others. Overall, he earned seven top-10 finishes, four of them top fives, en route to an 18th-place finish in the overall standings.
 

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NASCAR 167 43 Marcos Ambrose's top career moments 31087600 Making a move Making+a+move NASCAR

In 2006, Ambrose made his debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Ambrose started with the Wood Brothers/JTG Racing team for the season’s fourth race and almost immediately began to show his potential. He finished third in his ninth start and again four races later. He won the pole position in his 10th start. Despite missing the opening trio of races, he finished 21st in the season standings.
 

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