Marcos Ambrose rides momentum of first top-10 of season into Texas

DEWALT Team will utilize Thursday test to dial in new team chassis.

CONCORD, N.C. - Riding momentum from the team's first top-10 of the season, Marcos Ambrose and the No. 9 DEWALT Ford team look forward to high-speed racing at the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway this weekend.

Marcos Ambrose, Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
Marcos Ambrose, Richard Petty Motorsports Ford

Photo by: Eric Gilbert

The team will utilize a test session Thursday to prepare their newly-built chassis for 501 miles under the lights on Saturday.

Ambrose will make his 10th start at the speedway.

He has collected four top-15 finishes, including a sixth-place finish with Richard Petty Motorsports in the spring of 2011.

Comments from DEWALT Ford Fusion Driver Marcos Ambrose: "Last week's top-10 finish was really what we needed. We know we are a team capable of running up front each week. We just had a monkey on our back.

After getting a front row start and then finishing eighth, we have our confidence back. We just need to keep going. We have something to build off.

"Texas is a fast track. We'll get some extra track time with the test session on Thursday, so I am confident that the DEWALT guys will dial the new chassis in. We were fast at mile-and-a-half tracks last season.

Our guys are getting a lot better with the new cars, and I think we'll be pretty fast this weekend."

Comments from Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer on Texas: "Texas is a very fast track and handling is very important. We'll have three and a half hours to test the car on Thursday.

We've got a good plan going into the test. I'm confident we can ride the high of last week's top-10 to race up in the front this weekend."

Richard Petty Motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Richard Petty , Marcos Ambrose , Eric Gilbert
Teams Richard Petty Motorsports
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Tags ambrose, ford, nascar-cup, texas 500