Atlanta II: Marcos Ambrose preview

AMBROSE CONFIDENT OF TOP RESULT IN ATLANTA Team Australia NASCAR Truck driver Marcos Ambrose has four races remaining in the 2006 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and after a year of learning the Australian is focused on gaining his first NASCAR ...

AMBROSE CONFIDENT OF TOP RESULT IN ATLANTA

Team Australia NASCAR Truck driver Marcos Ambrose has four races remaining in the 2006 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and after a year of learning the Australian is focused on gaining his first NASCAR victory, starting this weekend at the EasyCare Vehicle Services Contracts 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

One week after a strong showing on the final short track of the season, Ambrose returns to the style of track where he has faired best in his rookie NASCAR season, a fast 1.5 mile oval.

Atlanta is known for its fast and close racing, with the banking allowing three-wide racing. With this in mind Ambrose is aiming at running strong all weekend at Atlanta with the aim of being in contention for his first win at the run to the line.

Saturday's EasyCare Vehicle Services Contracts 200 has been one of the most-competitive races in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, with three of the last four races not being decided until the final half mile.

Ambrose has his focus on race results for these final four races of the year, but the battle for second in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year is another motivation.

After missing the first three races of the year the Aussie Vineyards driver has slowly been clawing his way up the rookie standings. The two-time Australian V8 Supercar Champion is now in fourth and only five points from the second-placed rookie, Chad McCumbee.

WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY --

Marcos Ambrose -- #20 Team Australia/Aussie Vineyards Ford F-150

"Our goal for this week's race is to qualify in the top 10, race hard and race smart for most of the race, then go for the win in the last 40 laps," said Ambrose.

"I remember when we went to races with one goal -- just finish. Now we go with a different goal -- just win.

"It was simple at first; we wanted to find a safe, comfortable place in traffic and gain experience. As we learned more and more about our Team Australia/Aussie Vineyards Ford, we expanded those goals.

"The other tracks that look like Atlanta don't necessarily race like Atlanta. They are still a one-groove track. You have to ride along the bottom if you want to be fast.

"But at Atlanta, you can run the bottom, the middle and the top. I can't wait to get out there and find my groove.

"We're bringing all of our notes from the other 1.5-mile tracks, and we'll sort through them during the practice sessions on Friday. By Saturday, I'm sure we'll be ready."

Craig Gore -- Team Australia

"Marcos was desperately unlucky at the last round at Martinsville and now he is back to a fast 1.5 mile oval which he obviously enjoys," said Gore.

"He has his sights set on second place in the rookie of the year deal and a big result here would help his chances.

"The whole Team Australia concept has really enjoyed some tremendous momentum in recent months and I have no doubt that Marcos can help that continue in the last four rounds of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

"He wants to finish the season on a high and then roll into the NASCAR Busch Series with plenty of confidence in 2007."

-credit: team australia

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Marcos Ambrose , Chad McCumbee