All-Star Showdown: Marcos Ambrose qualifying rain notes

Marcos Ambrose will start from 14th position in his Sprint Showdown debut at Lowe's Motor Speedway after qualifying was rained out in Charlotte, North Carolina today. Qualifying for the Sprint Showdown was rained out today at the 1.5-mile ...

Marcos Ambrose will start from 14th position in his Sprint Showdown debut at Lowe's Motor Speedway after qualifying was rained out in Charlotte, North Carolina today.

Qualifying for the Sprint Showdown was rained out today at the 1.5-mile speedway, with the starting line-up determined by the random draw for the qualifying order.

The first and second placed cars in the Sprint Showdown will progress through to the Sprint All-Star race that follows, as well as one driver who is voted in via fan voting online and via SMS.

You can vote for Marcos Ambrose now online at: www.nascar.com/promos/allstar/

While it will be Ambrose's firs Sprint Cup race -- albeit a non-points event -- at Lowe's Motor Speedway, the Australian did participate in a Goodyear tyre test at Lowe's in March.

Note: The Pit Crew Challenge is directly linked to the All-Star Race, as the finishing order in the Pit Crew Challenge decides the selection order of pit stalls for the All-Star Race.

Ambrose's #47 JTG Daugherty Racing pit crew was knocked out in the first round of the Pit Crew Challenge by the #1 crew from Earnhardt Ganassi Racing.

WHAT MARCOS HAS TO SAY:

"It would really mean something to me to get into the main race because I have a special affinity to Lowe's Motor Speedway," said Ambrose.

"It's the first 1.5-mile track I ran (NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2006) in my NASCAR career. However, I don't know what to expect because it will be my first time in that type of format.

"Frankie (crew chief Frank Kerr) and the JTG-Daugherty Racing team are bringing our best piece to try and make the race. I have to race my way in because I haven't been in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series long enough to get voted in. That's the way you want to do it - - race your way in."

"We will try aggressively to get to the front because only the top two spots transfer.

"If anything, this is a great way for me to gain experience for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte next weekend.

"I've never raced in a Cup car at Lowe's and the Goodyear tyre test really helped me get some laps there.

"We feel good about this weekend and next. Last weekend at Darlington Raceway, I didn't feel good about that place. I always thought Darlington was going to be a problem race for me and I just didn't think I was going to finish.

"Being the prophet that I am, I didn't finish very well and ended up 33rd. Now, I'm really pumped for the rest of the season as we get to some of these standard 1.5-mile tracks that I like."

-credit: ma/bam

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Marcos Ambrose
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , JTG Daugherty Racing