Last Weekend's Top-Five on an Oval has Ambrose Raring to Go to New Hampshire Motor Speedway LOUDON, N.H. (September 15, 2010) - - A top-10 at Atlanta Motor Speedway followed by a fifth-place finish at Richmond International Raceway has Marcos...
Last Weekend's Top-Five on an Oval has Ambrose
Raring to Go to New Hampshire Motor Speedway
LOUDON, N.H. (September 15, 2010) - - A top-10 at Atlanta Motor Speedway followed by a fifth-place finish at Richmond International Raceway has Marcos Ambrose and his JTG Daugherty Racing team eagerly awaiting the 27th race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) season at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS).
"It felt great to finish in the top-five on an oval," said Ambrose about Sunday nights finish at Richmond. "Our recent performance has us looking forward to New Hampshire because we hit on some things that will help us this weekend."
NHMS boasts 11 different winners in the last 11 races. Ambrose has been waiting in line to win his first NSCS race. Now, he visits the site where five active drivers (Clint Bowyer, Robby Gordon, Joey Logano, Joe Nemechek and Ryan Newman) earned their first and he hopes to join the class.
"The competition is fierce because all of the top 12 championship contenders are going to be rolling out their best pieces - - it's going to be tough to beat them," said Ambrose, whose crew chief Frank Kerr has opted to bring the same chassis they raced at Phoenix International Raceway. "We want to run in the top-10 and put on a good battle to place ourselves in contention. It's an interesting part of the season for all of us because the Chase teams are putting their best foot forward. Guys like me are racing for our career while the top 12 are racing for the Championship. It's a funny mix between the two different races within the race. It's going to be good."
This weekend Ambrose has Bush's Baked Beans on the hood of his No. 47 Toyota Camry and Hannaford also has a large presence. Hannaford Supermarkets is a leading grocer servicing the Northeast. Annually Hannaford gives millions of dollars in charitable donations and sponsorships. One of many ways Hannaford they give back to the community is through a program called Hannaford Helps Schools.
The Hannaford Helps Schools Program has raised over $6 million dollars for over 2,700 schools in the Northeast over the past decade from customers buying great participating brands.
On Sunday at NHMS, Ambrose and JTG Daugherty Racing will be presenting a $20,000 check to Hannaford Helps thanks to their partners Bush's Baked Beans, Clorox, Kingsford Charcoal, Lance, Little Debbie, and TUMS.
"It is across our Hannaford Supermarkets footprint in the Northeast and helps over 2,700 K-12 schools," said Shawn McBreairty, Category Manager for Hannaford. "Each store gives away an additional $1,000 grant to the top-earning school at their store. There are over 900 participating products that help earn money for schools in the communities that Hannaford serves."
"It's a great program," Ambrose added. "When shoppers purchase participating products, they will earn school dollars that the school can use to purchase sports equipment, art supplies, computers, books and musical instruments. Hannaford Helps Schools is in their 11th year and it's amazing that they have raised over an astounding $6 million dollars."
With Bush's Baked Beans and Hannaford's support, Ambrose looks to best his 13th-place performance in June at NHMS. Each time out he has improved his results finishing 23rd, 20th and in the top-15 in three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series attempts in Loudon.
"New Hampshire is a fun and high-speed track, but you have to be precise on the lines you are driving," Ambrose said. "As a professional you need to know your surroundings. Clearly, you don't want to ruin a Chase driver's chance in the first week. You have got to be very mindful, know who you are racing against and what's at stake. I'm focused on not ruining their chances and at the same time I am looking out for myself too. It's a fine line you walk. I drive the same way I expect others to race around me - - considering what they are going through."
Ambrose wants to make the best of the final 10 races remaining with JTG Daugherty Racing.
"We are all good friends at JTG Daugherty Racing - - from Frankie Kerr to Tad and Jodi Geschickter and Brad Daugherty and the crew," Ambrose said. "The biggest thing is that we have been through so much together. We are going to enjoy these last few races and finish it off the right way.
"I'm trying to wrap myself into my new team for 2011 and at the same time I'm trying to finish off 2010 season with JTG Daugherty Racing," Ambrose continued. "We've had a great month so far. My guys are very supportive and I'm driving 100 percent up until the very end - - giving it my very best. I appreciate their support. I have been fortunate to have a great relationship with JTG Daugherty Racing. We're looking to finish off the season strong."
-source: jtg racing