Marcos Ambrose, driver of the No. 59 Kingsford Ford Fusion in the NASCAR Busch Series talks about heading to Nashville for this weekend's race. Ambrose has moved up to eighth in the points standings and first in ...
Marcos Ambrose, driver of the No. 59 Kingsford Ford Fusion in the NASCAR Busch Series talks about heading to Nashville for this weekend's race. Ambrose has moved up to eighth in the points standings and first in the Rookie-of-the-Year standings.
MARCOS AMBROSE - No. 59 Kingsford Ford Fusion
You qualified second last year in Nashville, how does it feel to return to a track for the first time? "Yes, that was a good race. We were second and on the front row last year. I was quite nervous last year, being on the front row. I'm really looking forward to Nashville. Our team is growing every week. I'm feeling more comfortable behind the wheel and we're starting to run better in the practices and qualifying. It's just a matter of time before we turn all that promise into great results. Nashville is going to be my first track where I will be racing for a second time, so I think it is a really good break out race for us."
After your success in Dover and now you will be racing at tracks for a second time, does that improve your confidence? "I think driving in Charlotte during driver introductions was the first week where it felt normal, like I belonged in the series. And that I was actually about to start the race and wasn't too concerned about what was happening around me. I was actually self-assured that if I did my job properly that it was going to be ok at the end and we'd have a decent night. I feel like I've turned a corner myself and I think the team has grown with me and we're getting better and better every week. It's an exciting time for us. I just want to do well for the team, my sponsors and myself."
Bobby East will pilot the No. 27 Federated Car Care Ford Fusion for the first time this weekend in Nashville with Brewco Motorsports. East talks about getting ready for this weekend's race and working with his Brewco team.
BOBBY EAST - No. 27 Federated Car Care Ford Fusion
What are your thoughts going into your debut race with Brewco Motorsports in the NASCAR Busch Series? "I'm really excited. I'm really grateful to Brewco and Ford Racing for this opportunity. This is a big step in my racing career and I hope to represent both of them well. Basically, I just hope everything goes well. It's a superspeedway, so qualifying and racing will be tough. The series is really competitive, so I hope to be able to run with the other drivers and finish the race."
What are you goals for this race? "We'd like to finish the race and be competitive. We hope to stay on the lead lap throughout the race and see what track position we have for the last 75 laps or so and try to get a real good finish."
Have you had the opportunity to test? "Yes, we took one of Brewco's ARCA cars up to Nashville a few weeks ago and did some testing one day. The biggest thing about going to Nashville is to feel comfortable on the track. By getting some test laps in earlier this year, plus racing there in the truck series makes a difference. We left the test real excited and we feel like we're ready for the race this weekend."
You raced in Nashville last year in the truck series. Does it help to make you Busch debut at a track where you have raced before? "Yes, it really does, but the ARCA testing helped too. The trucks run different than the cars, but seat time is seat time - car or truck. When I raced there in a truck, we didn't run as well as we would have liked last year. Hopefully since I've been there before, I'll adapt quickly to the track and have a good run. Maybe by having that track time early this year helped, but I'm going to use that to my advantage."
Do you feel more comfortable with the team since you had a chance to practice with them and work in the shop? "I feel comfortable with the team and I think they are comfortable with me. It seems like we all know each other fairly well. It's amazing how close the two teams are to each other. Both the 27 and 37 are close teams and they've made me part of the team - it makes it really nice. I feel like I'm in a good position in with the Brewco guys. From testing and working in the shop, were are able to understand and communicate with each other better and I think that will help on race day. The Brewco teams are great and I'm glad to have the opportunity to work with them so far this year. I've really enjoyed myself and I've learned a lot about the team and even more about racing."
Is your family coming down for the race? "I think my Mom and Dad are bring the motor home down and staying Friday night. Then on Saturday they will watch the race from the grandstands."
David Starr, driver of the No. 10 MaxxForce Diesel Ford F-150 races in his home state of Texas in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race this weekend. Starr drives for Ozona, Texas based Circle Bar Racing.
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