Martinsville II: Marcos Ambrose preview

AMBROSE SET FOR SHORT TRACK TUSSLE AT MARTINSVILLE Marcos Ambrose will be a part of a short-track tussle as the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series enters its final stages in the TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia this ...

AMBROSE SET FOR SHORT TRACK TUSSLE AT MARTINSVILLE

Marcos Ambrose will be a part of a short-track tussle as the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series enters its final stages in the TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia this weekend.

Ambrose will return to the scene of his NASCAR debut at the short oval, which is characterised by slow speeds and plenty of on track 'biff and barge' through the low-banked corners.

It was at the half-mile oval in 2006 that Ambrose made his first ever oval track start in the #20 entry of JTG Daugherty Racing, and now four years later, he returns as the leading first year driver in the top-flight Sprint Cup Series.

WHAT MARCOS HAD TO SAY --

"Well, a lot has changed since my first Truck race at Martinsville," said Ambrose.

"I was very nervous and I didn't know what to expect. I qualified decently, but during the race I hit everything including the pit wall. We've come a long way since then.

"Martinsville is a unique track where you see fast and aggressive racing. In our first time out at Martinsville in the Cup car, we ran competitively and brought it home in one piece to finish 14th. I'd like to think we will do even better this time around.

"It seems like an awful long time ago that the Geschickter's (Tad and Jodi) and I got together.

"It's been a great journey and it has been a huge effort for all of us to get here. Now, we are in the Cup Series full-time and we're competitive. We're fast and we are holding our own. We're really proud of what we have accomplished in a short amount of time."

-credit: ma/bam

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Marcos Ambrose