Michigan: JTG Racing/Ambrose preview

AMBROSE, KINGSFORD WITH HICKORY LOOK TO KEEP MOMENTUM AT MIS But make no mistake: Ambrose is different. No matter what happens this week at the Michigan International Speedway, Ambrose forever will be a part of a select group of NASCAR ...

AMBROSE, KINGSFORD WITH HICKORY LOOK TO KEEP MOMENTUM AT MIS
But make no mistake: Ambrose is different.

No matter what happens this week at the Michigan International Speedway, Ambrose forever will be a part of a select group of NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers. He will be part of a fraternity open only to race winners. Ambrose carved his place in stock car history last week with a victory on the road course at Watkins Glen, N.Y. The celebration lasted into the night, but with the challenge of 125 miles ahead of him on the two-mile track in Michigan, Ambrose's attention is focused solely on the future.

"We came to America two and-a-half years ago to win in NASCAR," Ambrose said. "We finally achieved that. But that was last week. The win is something I'll never forget, but the only thing on my mind is this week's race. It's real important we try to keep our momentum. b^0x001cI've gone down this road before and races come and go. You've got to try and stay level. You don't want to get too high when the going's good, and you don't want to get too low when the going's bad."

Ambrose has 10 consecutive Top 20 finishes in the Nationwide Series and two top-three finishes in a row. JTG Daugherty Racing has been strong on the two-mile, high-banked ovals this year, so there's no reason to think Ambrose is ready to slow down. b^0x001cI've never seen so many people so eager to get to work this week," said crew chief Gary Cogswell. "You can really feed off a win like that. Momentum and confidence is very important in this business. We've got a good car for Michigan, and we're going there with every intention to keep our winning streak alive."

Ambrose started the year with two goals: to win a race and finish the season ranked in the Top 10. He checked the win off the list last week, and in the process he improved to 10th in the latest rankings.

"We need to keep it going," Ambrose said. "We've really been coming on strong the last couple weeks. We're showing up with fast cars and everyone on this Kingsford team has done a good job making the car better during the race. "We've come so far as an organization this year. It's a satisfying feeling to see all that hard work turn into success. But you're only as good as your last race. The goal is leave Michigan the same way we left Watkins Glen -- on top."

-credit: jtgr

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