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AMBROSE LOOKS TO SERVE UP A STRONG FINISH IN BUSH'S BEST BAKED BEAN TOYOTA It does not matter if you are tailgating at a football game, grilling at home or attending the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend,...

AMBROSE LOOKS TO SERVE UP A STRONG FINISH IN BUSH'S BEST BAKED BEAN TOYOTA

It does not matter if you are tailgating at a football game, grilling at home or attending the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend, Bush's Best Baked Beans is the perfect compliment for any dish. It's also a side item Australian driver Marcos Ambrose cannot live without when he is cooking up one of his favorite dishes for a taste of home. This weekend, he will carry the Bush's Best Baked Beans brand on the hood of his No. 47 Toyota Camry to remind fans to pick up Bush's when menu planning for the big game,race or even a social gathering at home.

"I love sports and it's a great time of the year to tailgate," Ambrose said. "There are a few things Australians love and that's sports, the beach and barbequing. My favorite team right now is the Atlanta Braves. I'm really hooked on them. Peter Moylan, Kris Medlen and Tommy Hanson came out to Atlanta Motor Speedway and hung out with us after their game. It's really fun to grill out and watch their games. My favorite things to grill are hamburgers and sausages with a side of Bush's Honey Baked Beans. So, when you hear the saying, 'slip a shrimp on the barbie', we actually say it differently in Australia. We slip prawns on the barbie.'"

After grilling for an ESPN shoot on Sunday, Ambrose races his No. 47 Bush's Best Baked Beans Toyota Camry to top his 23rd-place finish from earlier this season at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

"We ran in the top 15 in the first race and ended up with a top-25 finish at New Hampshire," Ambrose said. "I really like smaller tracks like Loudon and Martinsville (Speedway) because they really reward good driving. You have to be very precise around those kinds of tracks."

Ambrose and the JTG-Daugherty Racing team are expecting to improve upon 23rd and 22nd-place finishes they recently earned at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Richmond International Raceway.

"What I really like this season is the fact we've dragged ourselves from the bottom half of the field to the front half of the field," Ambrose said. "If we have a bad day, we are finishing in the low 20s and when we have a good day, we are running well inside the top 10. I'd like to think the worse case scenario is we can finish in the front half of the field. If we can get our act together and make some good choices, we know we can contend for the win."

Over the past 26 races, Ambrose has become more comfortable in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He currently has four top-five and seven top-10 finishes and is 17th in the points standings. He's in good company with drivers like Kyle Busch (13th) that has four victories, Matt Kenseth (14th) with two wins, Clint Bowyer (15th) and David Reutimann (16th) - - who won his first career Cup race at Lowe's Motor Speedway in the Coca-Cola 600.

"I'm comfortable at every single track," Ambrose said. "I think we've struggled a little on the 1.5-mile program as of late. It's an area where we really need to work on and understand. I feel good in the car. Any week we can do it. It's just a very hard sport and I'm racing against the very best in the world. It's a very small difference in car speed that makes a huge difference in the outcome of the race. I was only looking for a tenth-of-a-second at Atlanta and I would have finished well inside the top 10. It's an interesting game we are racing in and it's very addictive, I must say. You get so close to a victory -- you can smell and you can feel it. Yet it feels like it's a million miles away. It's exciting because I feel like we are on the verge of getting our first win."

-credit: jtgr

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Clint Bowyer , Kyle Busch