Watkins Glen: Marcos Ambrose Saturday practice report

Marcos Ambrose and Wood Brothers no. 21 Little Debbie Ford Fusion at Top Of The Charts at The Glen Watkins Glen, NY (August 9,2008)-Marcos Ambrose in the Wood Brothers Racing no. 21 Little Debbie Ford Fusion drove to the top of the charts during...

Marcos Ambrose and Wood Brothers no. 21 Little Debbie Ford Fusion at Top Of The Charts at The Glen

Watkins Glen, NY (August 9,2008)-Marcos Ambrose in the Wood Brothers Racing no. 21 Little Debbie Ford Fusion drove to the top of the charts during today's practice sessions. The no. 21 will start The Centurion Boats at The Glen on Sunday, August 10th in the rear of the 43 car field after a day of rain cancelled NASCAR Sprint Cup practice sessions on Friday. Nascar made the decision to cancel Sprint Cup Qualifying Friday, August 9th due to more rain and line up the 43 car field by Owners Point that put the no. 21 43rd on the starting grid.

The 21 team put up the fastest lap on the top of the practice scoreboard with a time of 72.62 seconds in the first practice of Saturday's two practice sessions. The no. 21 team used the time to really work on race set up yet, Marcos will have to use strategy and driving skill to move through the field. Crew Chief David Hyder said, "We just focused on getting balance in the car so he [Ambrose] can maneuver in between other cars well." The no. 21 was once again on top of the leader board in the second and final practice of the day until the team decided to stop early when the car felt most comfortable to Marcos. He ended the session with a third overall standing with a time of 72.57 seconds.

Marcos commented on starting in the rear of the field, "Yeah, I said to the guys right now to forget about lap times, make it comfortable because I'm going to have to be aggressive to drive past some cars. And, we might not have the fastest piece tomorrow, because we're going to set it up to be more comfortable, so I can race it well. We're going to have to be smart out there. I want to finish the race for them, and get them some momentum.

In a 43-car field it's a long way from the first row to the last, but I'd like to think that our Little Debbie Ford will be one to watch. It's going to be a big challenge but I cannot wait. I'm pumped because this is a great team that never gives up, so we are looking forward to this challenge."

-credit: wbr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Marcos Ambrose