BUSCH: Memphis: Ambrose - Ford Friday interview

Marcos Ambrose, driver of the No. 59 Kingsford Ford Fusion posted the seventh fastest time during Happy Hour at Memphis Motorsports Park. Ambrose talks team changes and improving his skills as a short track racer. THROUGHOUT THE YEAR YOU'VE ...

Marcos Ambrose, driver of the No. 59 Kingsford Ford Fusion posted the seventh fastest time during Happy Hour at Memphis Motorsports Park. Ambrose talks team changes and improving his skills as a short track racer.

THROUGHOUT THE YEAR YOU'VE STRUGGLED A BIT ON SHORT TRACKS. TODAY YOU WERE AS HIGH AS THIRD IN PRACTICE, WHAT'S CHANGED? "We ran well at Richmond. I don't think it is anything but timing. We ran well at Richmond and we've run pretty well here in practice and we're happy with it. I don't think we've necessarily been as good on the short tracks as we should have been. We're chipping away at it. Our intermediate program has gotten a lot better. Our short track program is getting a lot better. Our speedway program is not too bad anyways. I'm happy that we are running good here [in practice], but I want to run good in the race. I want to get a top 10 on a short track and get that perception that I'm no good on a short track out of the way."

KELLY BIRES AND HIS TEAM HAVE MADE A LOT OF CHANGES TO THEIR FUSIONS. HAVE YOU BENEFITED FROM THE CHANGES THAT THEY ARE MAKING ON HIS RACE FUSION? "It hurts your team because whenever you've got change, there's always a settling period. You're changing cars and personnel and drivers and stuff and you want to move forward as a group. When you've got all the construction, it's hard to move forward. It's nice that Kelly's been in that car and he's been consistently running well. We're getting better and better and talking to each other and getting feedback off each other. It's a good experience right now and we're building up to a pretty good package for next year."

HOW WAS THE TRACK THIS AFTERNOON? "It's a funny little track. You forget after a year what it's like. It's a racy place. There's going to be a lot of action. It's a real short track. There's going to be three-wide action, I'm sure. There's going to be bumping. It's going to be a tough track to race on."

TALK ABOUT PAUL FORGIE, A FELLOW AUSSIE AND V8 SUPERCAR CREW MEMBER THAT JOINED THE WOOD BROTHERS TEAM. "Yes, he is. I dragged one over, just one. He's a good friend of mine. He worked with me in my championship years as my right hand guy. I just feel like he is going to be a good team player for us. Someone that will make contributions once he learns the NASCAR way. We're going to keep him at the shop and keep him tucked away for a little while. We'll give him a chance to learn and grow into this sport. They're no guarantee, but hopefully he does things right and learns enough and down the road he can be an asset to us."

THIS IS YOUR SECOND YEAR HERE, WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ON THE DRIVERS FROM OTHER RACING SERIES JOINING NASCAR? "Yeah, Good on 'em. It justifies my decision to come across. I think it was a shock to my Australian fans and they scratched their heads, but once they see what's happening here, it's kind of exciting. I hope that I can run with them in Cup one day, if they're all heading to Cup, that's great. I haven't cemented my future yet, so I'm hoping one day I'll get to race and get to race them all the way up to the top."

YOU'RE NINTH IN POINTS STANDINGS. THERE ARE 312 POINTS BETWEEN YOU AND THE FIFTH PLACE POSITION. THIS IS STILL A CLOSE SEASON. "We've had such a bad couple of weeks that I haven't even thought of looking at the points. We've just got to deliver. We've got all the promise in the world and we just want to deliver. I don't look at the points; I don't consider myself in that. I'm not going to points race. I'm just going to go out there and try to run as well and try and finish as far up as I can."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Marcos Ambrose