Nashville II: Marcos Ambrose preview

PICTURES WORTH 1,000 WORDS FOR AMBROSE, KINGSFORD TEAM LEBANON, Tenn. -- After every qualifying session and race, Marcos Ambrose usually can be found in front of a television set watching replays. He stops and starts the video player, trying to...

PICTURES WORTH 1,000 WORDS FOR AMBROSE, KINGSFORD TEAM

LEBANON, Tenn. -- After every qualifying session and race, Marcos Ambrose usually can be found in front of a television set watching replays. He stops and starts the video player, trying to learn as much as possible different racing lines and braking zones.

Ambrose will be behind the wheel of the No. 59 Kingsford with Hickory Ford Fusion on Saturday night for the Federated Auto Parts 300 at the Nashville Superspeedway. And when he's not in the car, he will be on the JTG Racing team transporter working remote control buttons.

"I do this every week," Ambrose said. "You can always pick something up. You not only watch yourself, but you watch other people. You look for something that separates the good laps from the bad ones. In this business, you can always learn something."

The 1.333-mile trio-oval is made of concrete, and it's one of Ambrose's favorite tracks.

"The thing about concrete is it stays more consistent than asphalt," he said. "You can really feel the tires. You get a lot more feedback through the tires because there's so much grip. When you get loose you don't always spin out."

Ambrose sat on the outside pole at Nashville a year ago.

Crew chief Gary Cogswell said a track's shape, as well as the transition areas leading into and off the corners is more important than the surface of the track. And just because Saturday's race will be on concrete doesn't mean it shares any characteristics of other concrete tracks like the Bristol Motor Speedway or Dover International Speedway.

"People always try to find similarities in tracks just because they have the same basic shape or if they're made of concrete, but the truth is every track is different," he said. "We raced at Dover last week and it's a concrete track, but nothing from there really applies at Nashville. Every track has its own nuance."

Cogswell said concrete provides so much feedback because imperfections are more difficult to hide. Ambrose will feel every bump and every crack on the track for all 200 laps.

"Imperfections are magnified on concrete," he said. "It's just another challenge we face."

Ambrose is looking forward to that challenge.

"I love concrete tracks," he said. "The Kingsford cars are getting better and better every week. This should be a good race for us."

One that will be played -- and replayed -- on a video recorder several times.

-credit: jtgr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Marcos Ambrose