Memphis: JTG Racing/Ambrose preview

AMBROSE, KINGSFORD TEAM TO KEEP PRESSING FORWARD AT MEMPHIS MILLINGTON, Tenn. -- Marcos Ambrose goes into Saturday's Kroger 250 with a 116-point cushion over the 11th-place driver in the NASCAR Nationwide Series standings. Ambrose, however, will...

AMBROSE, KINGSFORD TEAM TO KEEP PRESSING FORWARD AT MEMPHIS

MILLINGTON, Tenn. -- Marcos Ambrose goes into Saturday's Kroger 250 with a 116-point cushion over the 11th-place driver in the NASCAR Nationwide Series standings. Ambrose, however, will be more concerned with looking ahead.

The driver of the No. 59 Kingsford Tailgate and Home Ford is within striking distance of eighth place with just four races remaining. But whether he's looking to gain ground or defend his position, he insists he won't change the way he drives.

"Our No. 1 goal is to finish in the Top 10," Ambrose said. "To do that, I won't change the way I've driven all year. I drive the same way I did 10 years ago."

The Memphis Motorsports Park is one of Ambrose's favorites. He won the pole there a year ago and posted a fourth-place finish for JTG Daugherty Racing. He returns with a better car, more experience and a mission to keep the Kingsford team in the Top 10.

"We've gone through a couple new generations of cars since the Memphis race a year ago," said crew chief Gary Cogswell. "We had a good car a year ago; we've got a better car this year. We've been extremely consistent all summer, and the goal is to keep it going. We want to pick up our game a little bit to go after eighth and ninth place in the standings, but not do anything stupid to drop us out of the Top 10."

Ambrose will be doing double-duty this weekend. He's also scheduled to drive in Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.

"We've got a lot going on, but it's all fun," Ambrose said. "We've worked all year to put the Kingsford car in the Top 10 in the Nationwide Series. We've been there for a while and we don't want to fall out. We got into the Top 10 by racing hard, getting great pit stops from the JTG Daugherty guys and a solid race strategy every week by Gary Cogswell.

"It took the entire team to get into the Top 10; it will take the entire team to stay there."

Ambrose, who's finished in the Top 20 in 16 of his last 17 races is only 25 points from ninth place and 59 points from eighth.

"We won't be thinking about points when we're in the car," Ambrose said. "There's plenty of time to do all that when we're not at the racetrack. Our job is to race hard for every spot. If we do that, the points will work out."

-credit: jtgr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Marcos Ambrose