Marcos Ambrose and the No. 9 DEWALT Ford team expect to show the same dominance at Michigan this weekend as they did last week at Watkins Glen International. As the track record holder, Ambrose and team have always proven to have speed at the two-mile oval.
In his past 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup starts at the Irish Hills track, Ambrose has posted one top-five and two top-10 finishes. He also has one pole and holds the track record, all recorded last season.
Ambrose will also be pulling “double duty” this weekend, racing the STANLEY Ford in the Nationwide Series event at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Saturday.
Comments from DEWALT Ford Fusion Driver Marcos Ambrose:
“Last season, we showed a lot of speed and got the track record here at Michigan. We came for the first time with the Gen-6 car in June, and we learned a lot. Our team has worked hard on our overall intermediate track program for the Gen-6 car, and I feel that we’ve run a lot better. Indianapolis, Pocono and Watkins Glen we raced up front or in the top-10. We just want to keep that speed and bring it to Michigan.
“Despite being only two months apart, the track acts differently between the two races, so we’ll use practice on Friday to get a good gauge on what will or will not work for setups. This is a race track where you need to carry a lot of momentum and keep the car up to speed. Practice sessions here are really important.
“I just think we’ve shown speed, have had some good runs and just outside top-10 finishes weekly if we don’t have any major problems. I think we can get a top-10 or a top-five pretty easily this weekend if everything falls into place.”
Comments from Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer on Michigan:
“Michigan is a very fast, wide-open track. We have improved our program with the Gen-6 car over the past few months. We are bringing a different chassis, and hopefully we can take it and get a good finish. We finished top-15 at Kentucky and Pocono and showed a lot of speed at Indy. So I think we can do the same here this weekend and capitalize to get a good finish.”
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