Texas II: Marcos Ambrose preview

AMBROSE TO RUN NEW LITTLE DEBBIE CHOCOLATE CUP CAKES LIVERY AT TEXAS Marcos Ambrose will debut a new livery on his Little Debbie NASCAR at the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth this weekend. Ambrose will drive the ...

AMBROSE TO RUN NEW LITTLE DEBBIE CHOCOLATE CUP CAKES LIVERY AT TEXAS

Marcos Ambrose will debut a new livery on his Little Debbie NASCAR at the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth this weekend.

Ambrose will drive the #47 Little Debbie Chocolate Cup Cakes entry of JTG Daugherty Racing as he aims to bounce back from a big wreck at Talladega last weekend.

The Australian was running in 11th place and a potential top five contender at the fast 1.5-mile oval in Texas earlier this year but an engine failure ended his day early.

AMBROSE PARTICIPATES IN TYRE TEST AT DAYTONA AHEAD OF TEXAS

Ambrose has had a busy week as one of 18 drivers participating in the Goodyear tyre test at Daytona International Speedway during the week.

Other drivers present were Talladega winner Jamie McMurray, this year's Daytona 500 winner Matt Kenseth, Chase contenders Kurt Busch and Juan Pablo Montoya, as well as Kyle Busch, David Ragan, Sam Hornish Jr, Brad Keselowski, David Reutimann, Regan Smith, AJ Allmendiner, Scott Speed, Erik Darnell, Paul Menard and Sterling Marlin.

Drivers toured the legendary 2.5-mile tri-oval shaking down Goodyear tyres in both single car and drafting sessions.

WHAT MARCOS HAD TO SAY

Reflecting on 'The Big One' at Talladega

"Talladega was great until we had five laps to go and then it all went pear-shaped on me," said Ambrose.

"I'm not sure what happened, but I just feel terrible for the outcome. Ryan (Newman) on his roof and Tony (Stewart) taken out of contention for the championship.

"We were all in line at the top and I thought I was in the safest spot I could be.

"I was helping push Ryan and Tony up through there because I felt those guys were going to go to the front. The next thing I know, I was in the back of the #39 and I don't know what started it - whether I was getting pushed from behind or whether the guys ahead of us checked up.

"Then I'm spinning out backwards and watching Ryan flip through the air as he's chasing me upside down. I had a terrible feeling in my stomach that Ryan was hurt. Thankfully, he got out OK.

"That plate racing is real a challenge and you put yourself in such bad positions to try to get to the front. When something goes wrong, you just don't have any time to react."

On the mid-week Goodyear tyre test at Daytona

"It's been a long season and I'm ready for the Daytona 500 for a fresh start," said Ambrose.

"It was an interesting test and it felt like we had 20 cars in the pack there at one stage while drafting. We were doing 20 and 25 lap runs on different compound tyres. The idea was really to get the speeds up to where they needed to be to get excessive tyre wear like you are going to experience in the race.

"We all made it back without wrecking cars, which I think was a miracle because we did four or five pack runs. All the drivers did a good job of keeping their cars straight and giving good feedback so Goodyear can bring the best tyre they have for the Daytona 500."

On the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway

"We ran well there and it's a good track for me," said Ambrose.

"We just need to have a good finish. We've had some bad luck recently and we want to end our season on a high note.

"Next season, we hope to win races and be in the top-12, which is ambitious, but realistic since we think we'll finish somewhere around 17th in the points.

"We started off with expectations to at least finish in the top-35 and right now with three races to go we are in the top-20."

-credit: am/bam

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams JTG Daugherty Racing , CIP