AMBROSE HAS FIRE IN HIS BELLY TO COME OUT ON TOP AT RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY RICHMOND, Va. (September 7, 2010) - Top-10 finishes are hard to come by in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS). That's why Marcos Ambrose and his crew chief...
AMBROSE HAS FIRE IN HIS BELLY TO COME OUT ON TOP AT RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY
RICHMOND, Va. (September 7, 2010) - Top-10 finishes are hard to come by in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS).
That's why Marcos Ambrose and his crew chief Frank Kerr were all smiles after a 10th-place finish Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Now, the Australian driver and his JTG Daugherty Racing team are eying Richmond International Raceway (RIR) -- where they finished ninth in May - for better results in the Air Guard 400 Saturday under the lights.
"Atlanta reminded us that if you are having a rough run, you have to keep trying and good things will happen -- we are keeping that fire going this weekend at Richmond," said Ambrose, who has one top-five and four top-10 finishes this season and is 25th in the driver points standings. "And, there are times where you just have to man-up and get it done."
"One-and-a-half-mile tracks have been tough on our team this year, so we were thankful for a top-10 finish Sunday at Atlanta," Kerr said. "Now, we've got Richmond and we have always ran well there and that's refreshing."
For Ambrose's fourth NSCS race at Richmond, Kroger (NYSE:KR) will cover the hood of his No. 47 Toyota Camry carrying a message on the quarter panels that 'TONIGHT'S GRILL NIGHT!'
"We had a lot of fun in February with Kroger handing out roses for Valentine's Day and this time they are reminding fans that night time is also a good time to fire up the grill whether you are tailgating at a football game, a NASCAR race or cooking at home," said Ambrose, who has finished 11th, 22nd and ninth respectively at RIR. "It's a really a nice scheme and our car will look sharp under the Richmond lights. This particular car, we have raced twice and we feel good about it."
It is the same chassis Kerr elected to take to New Hampshire Motor Speedway (13th) and RIR earlier this season.
"Marcos finished ninth at Richmond in May with this same car and we feel very positive about this race," Kerr said.
The .750-mile D-shaped oval is one of Kerr's top picks on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule.
"Richmond is my favorite track to go to," Kerr said. "It's a driver's racetrack. It's all about handling and the driver - - not about horsepower. It's a small track, but there are a lot of grooves. There will be a lot of action - - great side-by-side racing. We're hoping this will be a memorable race for JTG Daugherty Racing and all of our sponsors."