AMBROSE, KINGSFORD TAILGATE ALL FIRED UP FOR RUN AT DOVER DOVER, Del. -- The week away from racing gave Marcos Ambrose plenty of time to work on his honey-do list around the house. Now that weeds are pulled, the garage is cleaned and socks are...
AMBROSE, KINGSFORD TAILGATE ALL FIRED UP FOR RUN AT DOVER
DOVER, Del. -- The week away from racing gave Marcos Ambrose plenty of time to work on his honey-do list around the house. Now that weeds are pulled, the garage is cleaned and socks are sorted, the driver of the No. 59 Kingsford Tailgate Ford is ready for the stretch drive in the NASCAR Nationwide Series season.
Ambrose is ninth in the point standings after posting 13 Top-20 finishes in his last 14 races. The mission for the rest of the season, starting with Saturday's Camping World RV 200 at the Dover International Speedway, is to take it up a notch.
"We're a Top-10 team and we want to finish like that," Ambrose said. "Top 20 finishes helped us move up the standings in the last five months, but now it's time to close even stronger. Everyone at JTG Daugherty Racing has worked hard to turn things around, especially after we struggled at the beginning of the season. We have seven races to go and our goal is seven Top 10 finishes."
Ambrose also is 48 points from eighth place in the rankings.
"This team was as far back as 28th in the standings earlier this year, so we've come a long way," said crew chief Gary Cogswell. "We essentially had to start over two months into the season. At the same time, we're not content with what we've accomplished. We still have some work to do. These last seven races are important. We want to finish strong."
The Kingsford team has mixed results at the one-mile concrete oval known as "The Monster Mile." Ambrose started third and finished sixth there a year ago in his first Nationwide Series race, but he also has been a victim of two crashes since.
"Dover is a really exciting place to race," Ambrose said. "I really like it, and JTG Daugherty Racing always seems to have good cars for the concrete tracks. You carry so much speed through the corners there, but there are no run-off areas in Turns 2 and 4. If somebody else has a problem, there's no place to escape. That's why it's important to have track position and stay in front of all the trouble. When it's easy to get in the middle of somebody else's problems, the best way to stay out of it is to keep it behind you."
After a stretch of 16 consecutive races, the Nationwide Series finally got a welcomed break last week. Ambrose relished the time to be home with his family; Cogswell spent time getting the fleet of Kingsford cars ready for the final seven races.
"We're all rested and ready to go," Ambrose said. "We got a lot done during the off-week, but we still have plenty of work ahead of us in these final seven races."