Pocono: Marcos Ambrose preview

Marcos Ambrose is planning to haul back lost ground on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series leaders this weekend at Pocono Raceway, with the running of the Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 presented by Target. With the familiar red and yellow colours of ...

Marcos Ambrose is planning to haul back lost ground on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series leaders this weekend at Pocono Raceway, with the running of the Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 presented by Target.

With the familiar red and yellow colours of Little Debbie Cupcakes returning to sides of his Toyota Camry, Ambrose is looking for a repeat of his flying sixth place finish at the corresponding race last year, at a venue which is like no-other on the NASCAR schedule.

At 4.025km (2.5 miles), Pocono Raceway is one of the longer ovals the series visits, but with three unique corners that require heavy braking and gear changes, the venue requires a mindset not dissimilar to that used at a road course.

For Ambrose, a strong result in Pocono will put a frustrating run behind him.

"I'm not a superstitious person, but I do know that my JTG Daugherty Racing team has had our fair share of unfavorable outcomes since the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season kicked off at Daytona International Speedway back in February," Ambrose said.

"We would like to break the string of bad luck and have some good fortune.

"Pocono is another track we ran well at last year; we're aiming to bring home at least a top-ten."

Ambrose's last top-ten finish (ninth) occurred at Richmond International Raceway, while he has earned five other top-15 finishes to date, when misfortune has not struck the team down.

Flat tyres, mechanical failures and being an innocent party in several accidents along the way have disrupted Ambrose's efforts time and time again.

"We've stayed positive and know things will turn around," Ambrose said.

"Sometimes it's tough to put a race behind you, but that's what you have to do to move forward."

It's been a busy week for Ambrose, who flew to Watkins Glen on Monday for a two-day Goodyear tyre test.

Ambrose along with Jeff Gordon and Jeff Burton tested for a few hours on Tuesday afternoon after the morning session was rained out.

Wednesday they were back at it, and Ambrose was pleased with safety improvements to the Watkins Glen circuit, where he has two NASCAR Nationwide Series victories under his belt.

"They've done a lot of work to improve safety and they've added a SAFER (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction) barrier along the concrete barrier wall," Ambrose said, who finished second in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race last year.

"As far as our testing goes, it's going great.

"We were really fast yesterday and we're trying some different things today.

We're very optimistic about coming back here to race and feel like we'll be a contender."

Qualifying and happy hour will be shown on One HD over the weekend, with the race broadcast live on Fox Sports 2 early on Monday morning, check your local guides for telecast details.

Following on from Pocono, Ambrose will be getting down and dirty for a good cause, with the Gillette Fusion ProGlide Prelude to the Dream at Eldora Speedway next Wednesday evening USA time.

Ambrose will be teaming up with Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Travis Pastrana, Matt Kenseth, David Reutimann and Dave Blaney, with the squad aiming to raise funds for the Levine Children's Hospital.

Last year in his debut aboard the big-bad late model speedway cars, Ambrose finished a credible 14th overall amongst a star studded field.

-source: marcos ambrose PR

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Jeff Gordon , Matt Kenseth , Jimmie Johnson , Marcos Ambrose , David Reutimann , Dave Blaney , Kyle Busch