AMBROSE OFF TO GOOD START IN DOVER Team Australia's Marcos Ambrose has made a solid start to the eighth round of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series at the Dover International Speedway in Delaware. Ambrose improved with almost every lap on his...
AMBROSE OFF TO GOOD START IN DOVER
Team Australia's Marcos Ambrose has made a solid start to the eighth round of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series at the Dover International Speedway in Delaware.
Ambrose improved with almost every lap on his first visit to Dover, finishing practice as the second-fastest rookie and 13th overall in the 38-truck field.
The first practice session was a learning experience as Ambrose put some laps behind him, finishing 34th on the timesheets.
He then completed 15 laps in the Rookie practice session, setting the third fastest time on the one-mile (1.6km) concrete track famously known as the "monster mile".
Ambrose savored the valuable time inside his Team Australia/Aussie Vineyards Ford, completing 31 laps in the final practice session and set his fastest time on his penultimate lap of the day.
His time of 24.380 seconds at an average speed of 147.662mph (236.258kph) was the 13th fastest of the day and the fourth fastest time set in a Ford.
"So far so good," said Ambrose.
"As you can see by the times, we really learned a lot as the day progressed.
"Every track we have been to so far has had so many different characteristics and it does take time to "learn" each track.
"We just have to put it together tomorrow in qualifying and the race and ensure we bring home the Team Australia/Aussie Vineyards Ford in one piece."
TIP FOR AUSTRALIAN FANS
There are several websites relating to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series where you can follow Ambrose's progress.
The best three we have discovered so far are the official NASCAR.com site, truckseries.com and woodbrothersracing.com
You can register for Track Pass on the NASCAR site which will give you access to radio broadcasts, in-car audio and video of most races for a fee, but you will need a US credit card (so ring a mate!)
You can get a free radio broadcast of the races on truckseries.com by going to the trackside area of the site.