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AMBROSE LOOKING TO BREAK THROUGH IN TEXAS Australian Nascar driver Marcos Ambrose is brimming with confidence heading into the eighth race of the Nascar Sprint Cup at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. Coming off a pair of 11th place finishes,...

AMBROSE LOOKING TO BREAK THROUGH IN TEXAS

Australian Nascar driver Marcos Ambrose is brimming with confidence heading into the eighth race of the Nascar Sprint Cup at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend.

Coming off a pair of 11th place finishes, Ambrose has jumped up the points standing to currently run in 24th, importantly only 182 points off the top 12 cutoff to battle in the season ending Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Last weekend Ambrose qualified a season best fourth at Phoenix International Raceway, and has previously had strong top-ten runs in Texas, with the JTG Daugherty team poised to continue their charge up the results sheet.

"Texas is a really critical event for a lot of teams," Ambrose said. "The teams that are able to get their heads around the spoiler will excel, and we're excited about it. "We're in a stretch of 14 races straight, and this is a really good chance for us to get off to a good start.

"Last year at the 2.41km long quad-oval, Ambrose was running strongly in second position before he ran out of fuel on the penultimate lap, dropping him to 15th position at the chequered flag.

"We gambled and gave it a shot, but we came up just a little short," said Ambrose. "I really wanted to win that race, we were close on fuel, but when you are so close like that you have to give it a go. "We probably only needed a half a gallon to make it, that was the difference between second and 15th.

"Although Ambrose may only be in his second full season in Nascar's elite Sprint Cup, his impact on the sport has been far reaching, and he was recently humbled to learn that he will receive a Sportmanship of the Year Award from the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame this weekend.

Other award winners include such Nascar luminaries as Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon, Robert Yates and Joe Gibbs.

"I am honored to receive the Sportsmanship award and would like to thank the Motorsports Hall of Fame panel, Eddie Gossage and everyone at Texas Motor Speedway," Ambrose said.

"I have such a great appreciation for our sport, when I came into NASCAR I promised myself I was going to appreciate every single day and not get mad or angry. "I remind myself every day that I'm doing something that millions of kids out there -- girls and guys -- would love to do when they grow up. "Sure, you may get disappointed at times and there are compromises, however, you can never lose sight that there are not many downs when you are a racecar driver.

"I love what I do, so, to be recognised like this for the first time - especially when I'm a goofy Tasmanian coming from 14,000 miles away - is pretty awesome." Qualifying will be broadcast in Australia on One HD at 10:30am on Saturday, with the live broadcast from Texas kicking off at 2:00am on Monday morning on Fox Sports 1, with viewers advised to check their local guides for details.

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Ambrose into the Sprint All-Star RaceMarcos Ambrose's next big challenge is to gain a starting spot in the Sprint All-Star Race, which is scheduled for the 22nd of May at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The non-points paying race with a one million dollar prize purse for the winner is an invitation only event, closed to Sprint Cup race winners from the 2009-10 season, former series champions and All-Star Race winners from the past 10 years.

Ambrose can gain a start in the race by either winning one of the five regular season races before the All-Star Race, finish in the top-two in the qualifying race, or win the popular fan vote, which is now open at www.nascar.com/promos/allstar/2010/vote/.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Marcos Ambrose , Kyle Busch