Martinsville II: Ambrose post-qualifying interview

MARCOS AMBROSE, No. 47 Dollar General Country Million Sweepstakes Toyota Camry, JTG-Daugherty Racing Starting Position: 2nd How has your short track program evolved? "We've had a great short track program all year and we've been...

MARCOS AMBROSE, No. 47 Dollar General Country Million Sweepstakes Toyota Camry, JTG-Daugherty Racing
Starting Position: 2nd

How has your short track program evolved?

"We've had a great short track program all year and we've been looking forward to coming here to Martinsville. It's been a good day for us. Started off pretty loose – had a little spin there early in practice, but we got lucky and didn't hit anything. Switched over to qualifying trim and really it was a good lap – I didn't think it was going to be as good as the front row, but we'll take it."

Do you feel like you run a separate race from the Chase contenders?

"I'm excited to be on the front row and I'm going to try to stay there as long as I can. There haven't been as many opportunities as I would like to be at the front of the field so I'm going to try to take advantage of it. At the end of the day I have to be mindful of who I'm racing around. I appreciate the sport and if you've made the Chase you deserve to fight it out for the championship without a guy doing the wrong thing by you. I'm mindful of who I'm around at the same time I'm racing my own race."

Why do road course racers do well at Martinsville?

"I'm not sure I can answer that for you. I've run well at Bristol and here – those are two good tracks for me. Richmond I finished fifth as well. I feel like in my case, our short track program has been strong and we've been able to take advantage of it. I'm frustrated with my performances on the intermediate ovals so that is really my Achilles heel I guess if you like. I feel like we're running as well as we should, but then deserve to be with our team here – it's nice to highlight it, it's just a shame we can't be more consistent with that. Road racing guys, it doesn't feel like a road race course to me, this place is very tricky to get around. You have to run the car pretty loose getting in the corner and you have to trail brake – different to what I do in a road course so I don't think there are a lot of similarities between them."

-source: toyota motorsports

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