Bristol: JTG Racing/Ambrose preview

AMBROSE FOCUSED ON FORWARD PROGRESS AT BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY BRISTOL, Tenn. (March 16, 2010) - - Marcos Ambrose and his JTG Daugherty Racing team have one top five, two top 10s and an average finish of 6.5 as he enters Bristol Motor Speedway...

AMBROSE FOCUSED ON FORWARD PROGRESS AT BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY

BRISTOL, Tenn. (March 16, 2010) - - Marcos Ambrose and his JTG Daugherty Racing team have one top five, two top 10s and an average finish of 6.5 as he enters Bristol Motor Speedway with his No. 47 Little Debbie Toyota Camry for the Food City 500 on Sunday.

"We've had two great races at Bristol and it's one of my favorite tracks on the circuit, but it's tough," Ambrose admitted. "It's going to be a big grinding match out there. There's going to be trouble on the track somewhere, but you hope that you are not part of it. This track drives a lot better for drivers, but passing is tough. If you are at the front pack, you can be a little conservative. If you are in the middle closer to the back, you will take chances that you would not normally take. That's a recipe for disaster."

During the spring and fall events at the .533-mile concrete oval last season, the Australian driver posted a 10th and third-place finish respectively.

"This track comes at a good time on the schedule for us to help build our confidence," Ambrose said. "We hope to excel. We have Little Debbie on board for the first time this season and they are celebrating their 50th anniversary in their home state of Tennessee and we want to finish strong for them. We finished 14th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and 11th at Atlanta Motor Speedway. We need to keep moving forward and get our first top-10 of the season."

To have a shot at finishing in the top-10, Ambrose knows he must qualify near the front at the World's Fastest Half-Mile, where more than 160 feet of SAFER (Steel And Foam Energy Reduction) barriers have been added at the exits of turns 2 and 4.

"You can go down a lap there in a hurry if you qualify in the back," Ambrose said. "With the SAFER barriers addition, we lost a little bit of track space down the straightaways and it may be a little harder to pass, but it shouldn't affect us too much. If there's a bit of concrete we can hit, we are going to find it. So, the more SAFER barriers they can get around the place, the better off we will be.

"I tend to look at the racing groove and forget about the fence and SAFER barriers," Ambrose continued. "I don't look at the fence. It's like a bull rider saying, 'If you look at the ground you are going to be on it.' For me, if you look at the fence, you are going to be in it. Bristol's a tough track. You have to do 500 laps around there without getting fender damage and ruining your day."

Ambrose had two days ruined with mechanical woes at the start of the season, but he refuses to look back.J "After not finishing the first two races, I started to look at the points because I was worried," Ambrose said. "Now, we're not concerned as much because we are safe. Now, what I'm looking for is for us to get from 28th in points to 18th to 10th. There's no point to look behind. If you look behind, you will not get to the front."

With the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series having an off weekend last week, Ambrose spent some quality time with his wife Sonja and two daughters Adelaide and Tabitha that just returned from Australia after being away two months.

"We made a veggie patch," Ambrose said. "It's been great. The kids have been running around and we've had a wonderful time. It's so good to have my family home."

-source: jtg racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Marcos Ambrose