AMBROSE ATTEMPTS FIRST DICKIES 500 IN NO. 47 LITTLE DEBBIEÂ® FORT WORTH, Texas (October 28, 2008) -- Marcos Ambrose is quickly learning the ropes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as he attempts to qualify for his first Dickies 500 on Friday at...
AMBROSE ATTEMPTS FIRST DICKIES 500 IN NO. 47 LITTLE DEBBIE®
FORT WORTH, Texas (October 28, 2008) -- Marcos Ambrose is quickly learning the ropes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as he attempts to qualify for his first Dickies 500 on Friday at the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway quad-oval in his No. 47 Little Debbie® Toyota Camry fielded by Michael Waltrip Racing.
"Texas is a track I like because it is fast, really smooth and has a lot of grip," Ambrose said. "This will be my first time racing the No. 47 Little Debbie® Toyota at Texas. It is a fast learning process for me right now. I'm discovering what I need from the car, realizing what I need for the race, and learning the guys as they address what I need."
Ambrose has three NASCAR Nationwide Series starts and two NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series starts at Texas. His best finish is 18th earlier this season in the No. 59 Kingsford Nationwide entry and 10th behind the wheel of the No. 20 Team Australia Craftsman Truck entry in November 2006, both entries owned by Tad and Jodi Geschickter.
"I am glad I had the opportunity to gain some experience at Texas in other series before attempting to qualify the No. 47 Little Debbie® Toyota," Ambrose said. "I'm racing in the Nationwide race on Saturday in the No. 59 Kingsford Tailgate at Home entry fielded by JTG-Daugherty and hopefully that will help my learning curve too."
In the most recent NSCS event, Ambrose finished 29th at Atlanta Motor Speedway in his first time working with Michael Waltrip Racing. With three races remaining, the No. 47 Little Debbie® Toyota Camry team is currently 80 points out of 35th-place in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series owner points standings entering Texas.
"We are looking to build on the weekend we just had at Atlanta and improve upon that," Ambrose said. "We want to leave Texas with a strong finish. We have got a good team in place and we are taking a brand new car and I feel like we are more than capable to finish well."
Ambrose has eight NSCS starts, which include Infineon Raceway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Watkins Glen International, Michigan International Speedway, California Speedway, Dover International Raceway, Kansas Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway. His career-best NSCS finish is an impressive third-place finish at Watkins Glen in only his third career start.
"I really enjoy racing at road courses and I have been successful at those type of tracks," said Ambrose, who also scored his first career NASCAR Nationwide Series victory at Watkins Glen this season. "This weekend our focus is doing our best at an intermediate track. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is so different from any other division. The races are lengthier and there is such a level of intensity. If you lose track position, it's very hard to get it back."