BUSCH: Chicagoland: Marcos Ambrose preview

AMBROSE ALWAYS WANTING MORE IN NASCAR LEARNING EXPERIENCE Marcos Ambrose is clear in his intentions to continue his rapid improvement in the NASCAR Busch Series with the USG Durock 300 at Chicagoland Speedway the next challenge for...

AMBROSE ALWAYS WANTING MORE IN NASCAR LEARNING EXPERIENCE

Marcos Ambrose is clear in his intentions to continue his rapid improvement in the NASCAR Busch Series with the USG Durock 300 at Chicagoland Speedway the next challenge for the Australian in Joliet, Illinois this weekend.

Entering the 20th event in 35-race NASCAR Busch Series season, Ambrose is more determined than ever to eclipse his best result of sixth at Dover in June in the Aussie Vineyards-backed #59 Kingsford Charcoal Ford Fusion.

After a frustrating weekend at Daytona International Speedway last weekend, where a tyre problem thwarted his charge towards a fourth top 10 finish for the season, Ambrose has reflected upon his rapid rise in NASCAR.

As a two-time V8 Supercar champion in his native Australia, the 30-year-old is continually striving to better himself and achieve a 'breakout' result, not satisfied to rest on the current form that sees him eighth in the NASCAR Busch Series standings and second in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year points.

Marcos Ambrose -- Aussie Vineyards-backed #59 Kingsford Charcoal Ford Fusion

"When you come into your rookie season, you try to set realistic goals," said Ambrose.

"But once you start racing, you sometimes forget all that. You expect results. I may be a rookie, but we've spent enough time together to be competitive each week.

"We're looking for a breakout race. To be eighth in the standings is more than we expected early in the season, but I feel like we've left some results out there. In reality, we've done really well.

"We all feel good about what we've accomplished, what we have ahead. We've had a good go at it. But the only way to feel better about it is to keep improving. We need to press forward. We all need to get an 'A' in the second half of the season."

Greg Conner -- Crew Chief, Aussie Vineyards-backed #59 Kingsford Charcoal Ford Fusion

"Our speedway program has come a long way this year," said Conner.

"We changed directions a few weeks ago and it's really paid off. The difference is night and day. We're doing a much better job at getting the car to rotate in the corners.

"There's no question we're taking better cars to the racetrack every week and there's no question Marcos continues to grow as a driver. The pieces are falling into place very nicely.

"We're putting ourselves in position to succeed every week and that's the most important step."

-credit: team australia

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