Kansas: Marcos Ambrose preview

AMBROSE KEEN TO BUILD LATE-SEASON MOMENTUM IN KANSAS Marcos Ambrose is keen to build further late season momentum in the Price Chopper 400 at Kansas Speedway as he tries to finish his first full season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on a strong...

AMBROSE KEEN TO BUILD LATE-SEASON MOMENTUM IN KANSAS

Marcos Ambrose is keen to build further late season momentum in the Price Chopper 400 at Kansas Speedway as he tries to finish his first full season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on a strong note.

Ambrose will make his second Sprint Cup start at the 1.5-mile Kansas oval this weekend, having qualified 20th and finished 36th in this race last season as part of his part-time Sprint Cup schedule last year.

It was in Ambrose's first ever visit to the Kansas City venue that he posted what remains his best ever showing there, qualifying fourth and finishing third in the 2006 NASCAR Truck Series race in Kansas.

MEMORIES OF WINDOW NET FALL STILL WITH AMBROSE

In Ambrose's one and only Sprint Cup Series start at Kansas Speedway last September, a peculiar problem delayed his charge.

On his weekly radio spot with Rick Benjamin and 'Chocolate' Myers on Sirius Satellite Radio's 'Tradin' Paint' show, Ambrose recalled the satisfaction of qualifying JTG Daugherty Racing's first Sprint Cup car into the race 'on speed' in only the team's second Sprint Cup race, having made the field in Indianapolis on debut earlier that season.

With a strong run going aboard the entry overseen by 2009 Crew Chief Frank Kerr, Ambrose had any chance of a good run spoiled when his window net fell down and despite trying his best to hold it up and wait for a caution, the Australian was eventually forced to pit under green and dropped down the order to finish in 36th place.

WHAT MARCOS HAD TO SAY

"I actually qualified into the race at Kansas last year in a JTG Daugherty entry with Frankie as crew chief and it was only our second attempt together," said Ambrose.

"We were having a pretty good day, but the window net fell down. I was holding it up with my left arm. I lasted 45 laps and I just couldn't do it any more. I pitted under green and we paid the price.

"Kansas is a good track and I still remember having a great run there in my first season over here in the Truck Series. I want another top 10 finish so we're going there with some confidence after Dover."

AND A WORD FROM #47 CREW CHIEF FRANK KERR

"Kansas is a lot like Chicago where we qualified 10th and finished 11th," said Kerr.

"We raced well at Kansas last year and Marcos will be good there. It's a driver's track. The track is nice and there are a lot of different grooves.

"We're taking the same car we raced at Pocono and Indy. We feel pretty good about everything."

-credit: ma/bam

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Marcos Ambrose