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Ambrose Heating Up Season with No. 47 Kingsford Charcoal Toyota at Phoenix PHOENIX (April 7, 2010) - - Marcos Ambrose is stoking the fire to heat up his 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) after...

Ambrose Heating Up Season with No. 47 Kingsford Charcoal Toyota at Phoenix

PHOENIX (April 7, 2010) - - Marcos Ambrose is stoking the fire to heat up his 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) after collecting three top-15 finishes in six starts. Reliability issues have smoldered his JTG Daugherty Racing team's efforts, but Ambrose is poised to capture his first top-10 finish of the year in his No. 47 Kingsford Charcoal Toyota on Saturday.

"If we finish in the top-10, then we can finish in the top-five and ultimately the wins will come," Ambrose said. "For some reason, top-10s have been elusive. We came so close at Martinsville Speedway, but left with an 11th-place finish. It is still a long season and we're digging ourselves out of a hole. Yes, we have had reliability issues and we have been knocked out of a race, but it's in the past. My career is always about living in the moment and being confident in our ability to do whatever it takes. We have a great group of guys and we will recover."

The Australian driver has three starts at the unique one-mile tri-oval and his best finish is 11th in November.

"We came close to a top-10 finish there last year," said Ambrose, who has two top-15 finishes at PIR in three starts. "Our JTG Daugherty Racing team has been finishing between 11th and 15th when we do finish. Phoenix has been good to us and this weekend we have Kingsford back on board to remind fans that racing season is grilling season and it's time to fire up their grills. We really want to excel for them Bush's Baked Beans, Clorox, Scott and all of our partners. We should run well."

PIR is different from any other track on the NASCAR circuit and Ambrose favors its characteristics.

"Phoenix is a real driver's track," Ambrose said. "The track is slick, bumpy and has a lot of characteristics that makes it unique. The corners are different and it's just a great track. It's going to be a great race and I'm just happy to have a chance to race there."

Because Ambrose has broken the barriers to be among the elite in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, he is helping pave the way for other Australian drivers.

"I receive phone calls regularly from Australians wanting to know how I got my start in the sport," Ambrose said. "They don't know where to start and I'm trying to help. George Miedecke, who is a road racing champion in Australia, has come over to run a Late Model at places like South Boston, Hickory and Tri-County. I love the Late Model scene because it's a great place to learn your race craft and see if you've got what it takes.

"Then there's another racer, Andrew Hagen and he has been actually running a Super Late Model up north with the Keselowski's," continued Ambrose. "He's going to do 15 or 20 races with us later in the year. It's really exciting to see."

-source: jtg racing

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Marcos Ambrose
Teams JTG Daugherty Racing