Watkins Glen: Marcos Ambrose qualifying rain report

STAGE SET FOR STORMING DRIVE FROM AMBROSE The stage is set for Marcos Ambrose to perform a storming drive from the back of the pack in the Centurion Boats at the Glen, with rain forcing the cancellation of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying at...

STAGE SET FOR STORMING DRIVE FROM AMBROSE

The stage is set for Marcos Ambrose to perform a storming drive from the back of the pack in the Centurion Boats at the Glen, with rain forcing the cancellation of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying at Watkins Glen International in New York state today.

With no qualifying held the field will be set by 2008 Owner's Points standings, giving Ambrose and the #21 Little Debbie Ford Fusion the 43rd and final place in the starting line-up.

Ambrose, who has consistently proven to be one of the drivers to watch on road courses, will now look to use a combination of pit strategy and car speed to storm through the pack and challenge for his best ever Sprint Cup result in what will be his third start in the top division of NASCAR.

Last year rain also washed out Sprint Cup qualifying at Watkins Glen, but on that occasion Ambrose was driving the #77 entry of Robby Gordon Motorsports. As that was a new entry and therefore had no Owner's Points, Ambrose was denied the chance to make his Sprint Cup debut.

While practice and qualifying for Sprint Cup Series teams was rained out, the NASCAR Nationwide Series teams were able to complete one practice session before qualifying and the Zippo 200 is schedule for tomorrow.

The Australian posted the sixth fastest time in the #59 STP Ford Fusion of JTG Daugherty Racing, getting 25 laps of practice around the 2.45-mile road course in the afternoon once the circuit had dried.

If NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying is rained out tomorrow morning, the field will be set by 2008 Nationwide Series Owner's Points and Ambrose will start from 17th position.

MARCOS AMBROSE:

"I've got the job in front of me -- literally," said Ambrose.

"In a 43-car field it's a long way from the first row to the last, but I'd like to think that our Little Debbie Ford will be one to watch.

"I just think that it's great that despite the rain, the Wood Brothers car is in the race for Sunday and that we've got a chance to give it our best.

"It's going to be a big challenge but I cannot wait. I'm pumped because this is a great team that never gives up, so we are looking forward to this challenge.

"I just want to do the best job I can for Wood Brothers and Little Debbie and see how many of those cars we can get passed.

"With the field set by owner's points and this being a road course, the field is going to take a few laps to sort itself out and kind of reset itself. There will be cars going forwards and slipping down the order.

"I think the #21 Little Debbie Ford Fusion will be one to keep an eye on, for sure."

-credit: ma/bam

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Robby Gordon , Marcos Ambrose
Teams JTG Daugherty Racing , Robby Gordon Motorsports