AMBROSE LOOKING FOR SOME GOOD WEATHER CONCORD, N.C. -- With 15 Top-20 finishes in his last 16 races, the only thing that can slow down Marcos Ambrose and the No. 59 Kingsford Tailgate at Home Ford Fusion is Mother Nature. With rain forecasted...
AMBROSE LOOKING FOR SOME GOOD WEATHER
CONCORD, N.C. -- With 15 Top-20 finishes in his last 16 races, the only thing that can slow down Marcos Ambrose and the No. 59 Kingsford Tailgate at Home Ford Fusion is Mother Nature.
With rain forecasted at the Lowe's Motor Speedway on Thursday and Friday, JTG Daugherty Racing was concerned about the possibility of losing valuable practice time on the 1.5-mile quad-oval.
"Work on our cars is a constant evolution," said crew chief Gary Cogswell. "You learn things to do -- and what not to do -- every time you put a car on the racetrack. There are ideas from Kentucky, Kansas, Dover, Michigan, every track we race on the car for Friday night's race. You always want a little practice time, however, to confirm what you already know."
According to the National Weather Service, the inclement weather should be out of the area in time for the start of the Dollar General 300. "If we don't get any practice time, we'll still be all right," Ambrose said. "It's the same for everyone. We'll start the race with what we know and we'll make adjustments as we go. The team that does their homework the best will have the advantage early in the race. We've got a real good feel for these cars, so we should be ahead of the curve a little bit."
The car picked for Friday's race is the most-used chassis in the JTG Daugherty Racing fleet, but that doesn't mean it's old.
"It's one of our favorite cars," Cogswell said. "We've got a new body on it, so it's not an old car. We took a chassis that's been proven to be good and helped it with a new body to make it better. We found some areas we wanted to work on with the body. Cars are a constant work in progress. I'm sure by the end of the year, that same car will have another body on it."
Ambrose is ninth in the Nationwide Series standings. He started the season with a goal to win a race and to be ranked in the Top 10 in the rankings. So far, he's on track. "There are five races left," Ambrose said. "We're not going to take it easy. In fact, we're going to ramp up our efforts. You never stop learning in this sport; you never stop trying to get better. We're a much better race team that we were five races ago. We should be even better in five races than we are right now."