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Ambrose Charged Up for Atlanta Motor Speedway after a Special Week with his Family ATLANTA (September 1, 2010) - The first word, first steps and a child's first birthday are memories a parent cherishes for a lifetime and then all of the sudden...

Ambrose Charged Up for Atlanta Motor Speedway after a Special Week with his Family

ATLANTA (September 1, 2010) - The first word, first steps and a child's first birthday are memories a parent cherishes for a lifetime and then all of the sudden it is time for kindergarten. Recently, Marcos Ambrose's little girl Tabitha picked up her backpack for the first time and headed out the front door for her first day of school.

"I blinked my eyes and Tabitha has now started kindergarten," Ambrose said. "I'm so proud of her and it was exciting watching her get ready to take on the world. It was really a special day that I will never forget. I've enjoyed every minute of watching Adelaide and her grow up and boy are they growing up fast."

Speaking of growing up fast, Ambrose celebrates his 34th birthday today before traveling to Atlanta Motor Speedway. The Australian driver is recharged after his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series off weekend even though battery and suspension issues drained his efforts during the NASCAR Nationwide Series NAPA AUTO PARTS 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Sunday.

Not a dweller of the past, the No. 47 Little Debbie Toyota Camry driver prefers to chat about the Emory Healthcare 500 at the 1.54-mile quad-oval this weekend. It is the 25th race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular season.

"Of course, Sunday's Nationwide race was a heartbreaker because we had the fastest car, but you have to move on and focus on what lies ahead and let go of the past," said Ambrose.

"Now, we've got the Cup race at Atlanta at our fingertips and that's what we are really focused on right now."

Ambrose has four Cup races under his belt at Atlanta Motor Speedway. In March, he finished in 11th-place and is optimistic about the 325-lap race under the lights.

"We had a good run there earlier this year," said Ambrose, who has finished 29th, 38th (engine), 23rd and 11th respectively.

"Atlanta has not been kind to us over the years, but we came close to a top-10 finish earlier this year. That gives us hope. We'll see how this weekend goes."

There are 12 races remaining on the 2010 schedule and Ambrose finished 20th in the most recent event at Bristol Motor Speedway. His goal this weekend is to leave Atlanta with at least a top-10 finish after completing 500.5 miles.

"Atlanta Motor Speedway is one of the toughest mile-and-a-half tracks we go to on the Cup circuit," Ambrose said.

"The surface is older, it's bumpy and your car can slide around a lot. The place definitely has a lot of character."

Before each race usually Ambrose has an outdoor adventure, but this time around he may stay indoors to check out his favorite baseball team take on the Florida Marlins.

The National League East-leading Braves have been pulling off some big victories lately.

"I love the Atlanta Braves," Ambrose said.

"I keep a watch on them and Aussie pitcher Peter Moylan. Peter, Tommy Hanson and Kris Medlen came out and watched me race last year at Atlanta. It's a shame they are not playing at Turner Field because I would have liked to watch them play the Marlins this weekend. I wish them the best of luck."

-source: jtgr

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Gilles Villeneuve , Marcos Ambrose