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Ambrose Speed Shops for Charity at Tom Thumb Before Hitting the Track at Texas Motor Speedway TALLADEGA, Ala. (November 3, 2010) - Driving nearly 200 mph is something that Marcos Ambrose is used to, but speeding down aisles with shopping carts...

Ambrose Speed Shops for Charity at Tom Thumb Before Hitting the Track at Texas Motor Speedway

TALLADEGA, Ala. (November 3, 2010) - Driving nearly 200 mph is something that Marcos Ambrose is used to, but speeding down aisles with shopping carts inside the Tom Thumb Trophy Lake location in Texas is unchartered waters.

On Thursday at 6 p.m. Central all of that changes as the Australian driver of the No. 47 Tom Thumb Toyota challenges four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winner Clint Bowyer to a race for charity benefiting the Roanoke Food Pantry.

Two contestants on site at Tom Thumb will have a chance to be paired with the two drivers by raffle and the contestants will run through the store back-to-back. All of the drivers' participating products that are picked up will be donated to the local food bank/charity along with a $1,500 donation.

Ambrose's participating partners include Clorox, Kingsford, Kleenex, Scott, Cottonelle, Bush's Baked Beans, Little Debbie, Reynold's Wrap, TUMS, Viva, Huggies, Tom's, Glad, KC Masterpiece, Hidden Valley, Pine Sol, 409. At the end of the race, Ambrose and Bowyer will be on hand to sign autographs for fans.

"I know we'll have a lot of fun with speed shopping," Ambrose said. "Clint's a really nice guy and very competitive and so am I. It's for a great cause and it's a way for us to be able to see our fans too. So, if you have a chance, please stop by the Tom Thumb in Trophy Lake to see who wins. We also want everyone to watch for the Tom Thumb, custom designed paint scheme that we will be running this weekend. Our team let the Tom Thumb creative department design their own race car specifically for this race and it looks awesome. The Trophy Lake store is not far from Texas Motor Speedway, which is one of my favorite tracks on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circuit. I'm really looking forward to racing there again on Sunday because we had such a good run during the fall race last season."

Ambrose did indeed. He was running second on lap 331 of the 334-lap event when he ran out of fuel. Still, Ambrose managed to cross the finish line 15th (11/8/09) to earn his best finish in four attempts at the 1.5-mile quad-oval.

"Kurt Busch was leading and we knew he was running on fumes," Ambrose said. "But, he was able to go the distance. We ended up like a few others - - running out of fuel in the end. It felt good to run up front though and it makes us optimistic about going back."

It was one of their best runs ever at Texas according to crew chief Frank Kerr.

"We ran so well there in the fall race and we had a chance to win - - if we hadn't ran out of gas," Kerr said. "I love going to Texas because of the speed. It's just a very fast racetrack."

Kerr and his JTG Daugherty Racing team have had some really good runs recently, but accidents have plagued their efforts in the two most recent events at Martinsville Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway.

"We qualified second at Martinsville and led a bunch of laps and in the end we were knocked out of contention and at Talladega, after leading, we were involved in an accident too," Kerr said. "We've had some strong runs, but being collected in accidents and having mechanical failures has overshadowed what we are capable of doing. This weekend and in the final two races (Phoenix International Raceway and Homestead-Miami Speedway) we just need to finish so we can reach our goal of finishing in the top 25 in points. We want to end the season strong with Marcos so that we have a fresh start with former Cup champion Bobby Labonte."

-source: jtg racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bobby Labonte , Kurt Busch , Marcos Ambrose , Clint Bowyer
Teams JTG Daugherty Racing