For Ambrose and No. 9 Team, Darlington a Reminder of Improvement
What a difference a year can make. Last season, Marcos Ambrose and the No. 9 Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) team didn't score a top-five finish. In the first seven races this year, the team has earned two and have been in position to make the "Chase". The improvement has the team looking to avenge a difficult race last year at Darlington where they finished 34th.
Ambrose has five previous NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Darlington Raceway and knows how to race up front at NASCAR's hardest track. He has tallied two top-10 finishes, including a ninth-place finish with RPM in 2012. He will carry the DEWALT logo with him on the hood this weekend.
It's about payback for @MarcosAmbrose at @TooToughtoTame this weekend after a difficult race last year.
"We probably left Darlington last year as disappointed as we could be. We just didn't know what was wrong with the car and had a terrible night. When you have races like that, you just want to go back and get better. Now is our time, and our race team is better than ever and we also have a history of running in the top-10 at Darlington. This weekend is a little about avenging last year's race.
"Darlington is so different. It's egg-shaped, and you're just working on the car the whole race. It's 500 miles, and that's a long night at Darlington. The legends of NASCAR defined this track, this race, and it's a 'Crown Jewel' event. With our improvements, I believe we can avenge last year and compete for a win."