Texas II: Marcos Ambrose qualifying notes

AMBROSE QUALIFIES 18TH FOR TEXAS TRUCK RACE Ambrose ran qualifying with an eye on the race, running a race set-up that should put the ...

AMBROSE QUALIFIES 18TH FOR TEXAS TRUCK RACE

Ambrose ran qualifying with an eye on the race, running a race set-up that should put the #20 Team Australia/Aussie Vineyards Ford F-150 in a strong position for tomorrow's 350 kilometre race, which will be Ambrose's 20th NASCAR start.

Ambrose is making his second start at Texas Motor Speedway, allowing the Australian the luxury of prior experience and information when working on the set-up of his truck.

The Wood Brothers/JTG Racing crew worked hard at getting Ambrose's mount up to speed in the cold conditions in Texas. Ambrose was 18th in first practice, second to eventual polesitter and leading Nextel Cup rookie Clint Bowyer in rookie practice and 29th in final practice.

The Australian will be looking for a strong showing in Texas as he aims to climb into third position in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings.

WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY --

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

"We ran as fast as we could there and we will start in a solid position," said Ambrose.

"At a place like Texas it's all about what you are prepared to give up for the race. We've run with a race set-up and we think we will be in a good position for tomorrow.

"Mike Bliss won last week's race in Atlanta from starting 16th so there is certainly no problem with where we will start this one.

"We've given up a bit of qualifying speed because we are looking towards the race set-up and I think we've got the right balance and a consistent package for the race."

Craig Gore -- Team Australia

"This is a solid effort from Marcos as he is working at having a strong race set-up," said Gore.

"He's certainly quite comfortable with where he is for the start tomorrow. Marcos is very keen to make the most of these last three races and I've got no doubt he will make the most of his opportunities.

"Having raced at Texas before will be something that works in Marcos's favour tomorrow and I think he is in for a strong race."

-credit: team australia

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Marcos Ambrose , Mike Bliss , Clint Bowyer