AMBROSE HAS THE MONSTER MILE IN HIS SIGHTS Marcos Ambrose is primed for the challenge of 'The Monster Mile' in both NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition at the Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware this ...
AMBROSE HAS THE MONSTER MILE IN HIS SIGHTS
Marcos Ambrose is primed for the challenge of 'The Monster Mile' in both NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition at the Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware this weekend.
The one-mile Dover venue is a tough concrete-surfaced speedway, but Ambrose enjoys the challenge that The Monster Mile presents.
Last season in Nationwide Series competition, Ambrose qualified third and finished sixth in Dover in June. On previous the two visits since, Ambrose has shown similarly strong speed but lacked the luck to crack a top 10 result.
This weekend sees Ambrose pilot the #59 Kingsford Hickory Ford Fusion of JTG Daugherty Racing as he continues to push his way up the Nationwide Series standings. Now in ninth place, Ambrose sits just 48 points out of eighth place entering this weekend's RoadLoans.com 200.
The Australian will also aim to qualify for his sixth Sprint Cup start and his first at Dover in the Camping World RV 400 this weekend, where he will continue to work with crew chief David Hyder and the crew from Wood Brothers Racing to improve the fortunes of the #21 Little Debbie Ford Fusion.
Ambrose will have to qualify for the Cup race on speed this weekend, as the Wood Brothers entry lies outside the top 35 in Sprint Cup Owner's Points.
He will join Johnny Sauter, Patrick Carpentier, Kyle Petty, Stanton Barrett, Tony Raines, Sam Hornish Jr, Joe Nemechek, AJ Allmendinger, Ken Schrader and the yet-to-be-named driver of the Bob Jenkins-owned #34 entry as 11 drivers going for the eight remaining starting spots.
"Dover is a great track and while it's very challenging it's a place I seem to like," said Ambrose.
"I like to concrete (surface) tracks and we've had some good results on this style of track in the past. That helps our confidence and planning heading into the weekend.
"On the Nationwide side our Kingsford Ford just keeps getting better and better. Our crew is going well, putting in a lot of work and slowly but surely we are getting the results and showing the pace of the front guys.
"We are keeping an eye on those points and are keen to keep moving up, but the main focus always has to be on your own program and getting a car under you that can get you in the top 10 each week.
"Last time out in the Wood Brothers Cup car we really had a strong run. We learned a lot and got a clear direction for the Little Debbie Ford.
"(#21 Crew Chief) David Hyder and his guys are really clever people and it's great to work with them. We are all doing our best to get it going better and we're all working well together.
"I'm really looking forward to my first Cup start at Dover. We've just got to do the job in qualifying first and get in the show. Dover is a place I always enjoy coming to so it will be a buzz to get two shots at it this weekend, all things going well."