Homestead: JTG Racing, Ambrose qualifying report

AMBROSE STARTS THIRD ON SUNDAY AT HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY Today, Marcos Ambrose had an impressive qualifying run posting the third quickest time (31.272 seconds) to pole-sitter Jimmie Johnson (31.049 seconds) at Homestead-Miami...

AMBROSE STARTS THIRD ON SUNDAY AT HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY

Today, Marcos Ambrose had an impressive qualifying run posting the third quickest time (31.272 seconds) to pole-sitter Jimmie Johnson (31.049 seconds) at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

"We're really pleased as a team with our efforts here today," said Ambrose, JTG-Daugherty Racing driver of the No. 47 Little Debbie0x00ae Chocolate Cupcakes Toyota Camry. "I didn't know how I was going to stack up this weekend. This track was a real challenge for me last season."

Ambrose was fortunate to have a late qualifying draw.

"Going out later in qualifying definitely helped," Ambrose said. "If we would have gone out early - maybe with the first ten cars - ScottSpeed and I probably wouldn't be up here right now. Some tracks it doesn't matter so much. When the sun starts going down here and it cools off obviously the lap times are faster at this track."

As Ambrose was finishing up his post-qualifying interviews, Johnson patted him on the back on his way into the media center. At that moment, Ambrose reiterated that Johnson is deserving of his fourth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship.

"Jimmie Johnson has a halo bar around his car," Ambrose said. "He has been consistent all year and is well deserving of his fourth championship. I think he has to finish 25th or better to clench it on Sunday. I know that I don't want to be the guy that ruins his chance. He clearly deserves it. He has dominated the last four years. I will be following him into Turn 1 with a safe distance behind him - - kind of like the interstate rule.

"With Jimmie, he has been able to avoid mistakes," continued Ambrose. "You can see, like the disaster that happened to him at Texas (Motor Speedway), how easily that can come undone. You don't want to be the guy that does that to him. He's not going to do it on his own. He's so talented. It's not that we don't race him. If I can pass him, I'm going to pass him. You just have to treat everybody with respect as I hope the samecourtesy is givento me."

Ambrose's effort in the No. 47 Little Debbie0x00ae Chocolate Cupcakes Toyota matched his career-best starting position that occurred at Infineon Raceway in June where he also finished third.

Scott Speed, who needed to qualify in on time and had the advantage of going out last, snatched the outside pole position (31.269 seconds) from Ambrose. Mark Martin was fourth and Tony Stewart rounded out the top-five starting order.

-credit: jtg-d racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Tony Stewart , Jimmie Johnson , Marcos Ambrose , Scott Speed , Mark Martin