Talladega: Marcos Ambrose preview

AMBROSE OUT TO TAME TALLADEGA The JTG Daugherty Team Swing Into Action The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this weekend rolls into Talladega Superspeedway for the ninth event on the 2010 calendar, the Aaron's 499, with Australian Marcos Ambrose ...

AMBROSE OUT TO TAME TALLADEGA
The JTG Daugherty Team Swing Into Action

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this weekend rolls into Talladega Superspeedway for the ninth event on the 2010 calendar, the Aaron's 499, with Australian Marcos Ambrose looking to repeat the top result he scored at the venue 12 months ago.

At 4.283km in length, Talladega is the longest oval course on the Sprint Cup schedule, however speeds are kept under control via the use of engine restrictor plates, which limit horsepower output.

This results in large drafting packs and spectacular racing, as Ambrose found out firsthand at the Aaron's 499 last year when he passed an upside down Carl Edwards over the finish line on the way to picking up a hard earned fourth-place finish.

"Well, here we go and it's going to be big, whichever way it works out it's going to be a big day at Talladega," said Ambrose, who will have Bush's Baked Beans on the bonnet of his number 47 Toyota Camry for the first time this season.

"It's not very often you strap into a racecar and think what's going to happen, and Talladega is one of those tracks where you just don't know.

"You can win the race, you can be upside down, you can crash on lap one and you can crash on the last lap, it's impossible to know how it is going to work out until the checkered flag falls.

"I look forward to the race because I know how big of a challenge it will be just to finish and we hope to be there at the end and have a strong finish for the team.

"In Ambrose's last two outings at the Talladega Superspeedway, he has been right in the thick of the action as the 'big one' unfolded in front of him.

"(Last year) I was coming to the finish line and saw Carl Edwards flipping through the air when he got into the fence," Ambrose said.

"Then in our last race at Talladega, I got into the back of Ryan Newman, which turned him around. He flipped upside down and was trapped in his car. "Ryan's accident was so nasty and I was thankful that he got out; it was scary and I was really worried about him.

"It's amazing to think we can take those impacts and get away with it," Ambrose continued.

"I just hope it doesn't happen this weekend and we all have a safe race."

-source: marcos ambrose PR

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Ryan Newman , Marcos Ambrose , Carl Edwards