Kansas: JTG Racing, Ambrose preview

AMBROSE, LITTLE DEBBIE TAKE ANOTHER STEP TOWARD THE FUTURE KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Although NASCAR is all about speed, Marcos Ambrose, JTG Daugherty Racing and Little Debbie will continue to work toward the future by taking it one step at a time...

AMBROSE, LITTLE DEBBIE TAKE ANOTHER STEP TOWARD THE FUTURE

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Although NASCAR is all about speed, Marcos Ambrose, JTG Daugherty Racing and Little Debbie will continue to work toward the future by taking it one step at a time this Sunday at the Kansas Speedway.

The plan is to make their second start during the Camping World RV 400 as they continue to build for the future.

"Although it sounds strange, you can't get ahead of yourself," Ambrose said. "Sometimes the slow and steady approach is the best way to get up to speed. That's how we're approaching the rest of the season."

Ambrose and Little Debbie were scheduled to make 12 selected appearances in the Sprint Cup Series this year as they prepare for a fulltime effort in 2009. Four of those 12 races are with JTG Daugherty Racing; the other eight are with famed Wood Brothers Racing.

The first effort for Ambrose and JTG Daugherty Racing came at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and the team responded by qualifying 24th and finishing 22nd.

"We won a race in the Nationwide Series, but qualifying the No. 47 Little Debbie Ford at Indianapolis will always be one of the biggest thrills of my life," Ambrose said. "Kansas is our second race as a group and we want to build on what we've already accomplished."

Ambrose also will race at the Atlanta Motor Speedway and the season-finale at the Homestead-Miami Speedway for JTG Daugherty Racing.

Crew chief Frank Kerr said the team has unique priorities for Sunday afternoon's main event. First is for Ambrose to race his way into the starting lineup; second is for the driver and race team to build experience and knowledge for the future.

"Racing always will be a result-based sport, but we have other things we're trying to accomplish as well," Kerr said. "As long as we leave Kansas as a better race team than when we arrived, it's a success. We're building for the future. Don't get me wrong: We're still going there to race. But for now, it's one step at a time."

Ambrose also will be driving in Saturday's Nationwide Series race for JTG Daugherty Racing. He's 10th in the Nationwide Series standings.

-credit: jtgr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Teams JTG Daugherty Racing , Wood Brothers Racing