CONCORD, N.C. - Coming off their fourth top-10 of the season, Marcos Ambrose and the No. 9 STANLEY Ford team are ready to go into Saturday night's Bristol night race with momentum. They are hoping to capitalize on that momentum and are focused on racing for wins.
The driver of the STANLEY Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports has nine previous starts at the Bristol Motor Speedway. He has finished in the top-10 in four of those races and twice in the top-five. The half-mile track has proved to be one of the best ovals for Ambrose. He has best finishes of third and fifth.
Marcos Ambrose: "Michigan was a good race for the whole STANLEY team. I am really proud of the entire team and Drew. We had a good strategy and also had a pretty fast Ford. We hadn't had a race like that on a longer oval in a while, and that really was a shot in the arm. It really helps us, and now, we head into Bristol with a lot of confidence.
"Bristol is a place where I've had some good success in the past. You need to be pretty aggressive all night. It's a long race, and you want to stay on the lead lap and be in position to win in the final 50 laps. You know it's going to be a long night so you race aggressive, but also pick your spots too. You still need a car at the end that can compete for the win.
"We're looking for wins right now. We don't have to be conservative. We can just really go for it and see if we can get a win. I know this team is capable, and Bristol is a great track. It would be a lot of fun to put the STANLEY Ford in the winner's circle this Saturday night."
Comments from Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer on Bristol: "Michigan was a good team building exercise for us. We came from the back of the field and ran in the top-10 for the most of the race and had a good car. That gives us a lot of confidence and so does this weekend because Marcos has proved to always be good here at Bristol. It's a long race, and a lot of things happen, but we're going to be on the offense this weekend. We don't have anything to lose and want to make the best of these races."