Daytona II: JTG Racing/Ambrose preview

Ambrose Fired Up about Topping Career-Best Superspeedway Finish this Weekend at Daytona DAYTONA, Fla. (June 30, 2010) - - Marcos Ambrose and JTG Daugherty Racing's goal for the Fourth of July weekend is to supersede their career-best NASCAR...

Ambrose Fired Up about Topping Career-Best Superspeedway Finish this Weekend at Daytona

DAYTONA, Fla. (June 30, 2010) - - Marcos Ambrose and JTG Daugherty Racing's goal for the Fourth of July weekend is to supersede their career-best NASCAR Sprint Cup Series superspeedway finish during the Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca Cola on Saturday, July 3rd at Daytona International Speedway (DIS).

To do that with his No. 47 Kingsford Charcoal Toyota, Ambrose is going to have to top a fourth-place finish he posted at Talladega Superspeedway in April of last year. He came close with a sixth-place finish in last season's Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway by skillfully avoiding a final lap incident involving eventual winner Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch.

"What an incredible finish," Ambrose said. "Kyle was leading on the final lap and Tony was tucked right in behind him. All of the sudden, Kyle made a couple of moves to try to keep Tony behind him and then he was in the wall. It was a wild finish, which is not surprising because Daytona always has spectacular finishes. Somehow, I snuck through the middle of all that and brought home a sixth-place finish."

It's another big weekend for JTG Daugherty's sponsors and Ambrose, who will have a themed grilling car showcasing the Kingsford Charcoal brand as primary along with huge support from Bush's Baked Beans, Scott, and Clorox on his No. 47 Toyota Camry during the holiday weekend.

Kingsford has joined forces with DIS to stage the inaugural KCBS (Kansas City Barbeque Society)-sanctioned Daytona PITmasters Florida State BBQ Championship. More than 50 of the top BBQ competitors are competing for a share of a $30,000 purse with the winner representing Florida at the USA and World BBQ Championship. Ambrose's role involves a cooking demonstration featuring the Swamp Boys BBQ team from Florida that is holding product demonstrations for fans throughout the weekend on the DIS grounds.

"It should be easy to find us with the giant inflatable grill next to our Kingsford Charcoal site," Ambrose said about the location outside the Frontstretch between the Sprint Tower and Turn 1. "This is a serious competition and they have brought in the top teams on the barbeque circuit to compete for the championship. Being an outdoors person, I love grilling and I have a lot of respect for these professionals. I'll be out there around 3 p.m., so stop by and see us."

Before firing up the grill and racing at DIS this weekend, Ambrose is making a pit stop at 'The Happiest Place on Earth' today. Do not be surprised if Ambrose is spotted at a Mad Tea Party riding in a giant tea cup or taking a trip with Dumbo The Flying Elephant at Magic Kingdom Park in Walt Disney World before the big race on Saturday.

"I'm taking my girls to Walt Disney World before we race at Daytona," Ambrose said. "It's something that I'm really looking forward to and it's a big deal to me. The girls don't go with me to all the races and every time I come home it seems like they have grown an inch. This week I'm so glad to have them with me. They are getting older now and they are at an age where I know they will have a great time at Disney World."

-source: jtg racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Tony Stewart , Marcos Ambrose , Kyle Busch