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It has been a trying 2013 so far for Richard Petty Motorsports driver Marcos Ambrose. During the off-season there was uncertainty whether Ambrose would return to the Sprint Cup Series or go back home to Australia. He came back, but the results have not been what he or his team expected.
He comes to the Sonoma Raceway looking to change his luck and make a run at a wild card spot. There’s no better place than a road course to cure his team’s poor finishes. So far he has only two top-10 finishes and no top-5 finishes, something he expects to change Sunday.
“I’m very mindful that we’ve had a terrible year and this is a really good opportunity to get your year back on track, so certainly there is added pressure there. I would love to be top 10 in points coming into this weekend and just rolling through like a normal one, but it’s not for us. We need to turn our year around and this is a good opportunity for us, so we’re looking to break out and have a good weekend if we can. That does...
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Clint Bowyer is living proof that NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers read each other’s press clippings.
Scarcely had Marcos Ambrose left the interview room Friday at Sonoma Raceway when Bowyer, during his own interview session, jokingly took issue with one of Ambrose’s comments.
“If you look down the sheet of people who can win, there’s at least 20 drivers that could win,” Ambrose...
SONOMA, Cali — Marcos Ambrose, driver of the No. 9 Stanley Tools Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports was fastest in first practice Friday at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, Cali with a speed of 94.049.
Juan Pablo Montoya was second quickest, with a speed of 93.890.
Casey Mears, Kurt Busch, and Jamie McMurray conclude the top five in speed. Speeds from this session will be used to group...
Those who were surprised that Jamie McMurray won the Coors Light pole for Sunday’s Toyota Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway simply haven’t been paying attention.
With a lap at 94.986 mph (75.422 seconds) in Saturday’s time trials, McMurray edged pre-qualifying favorite Marcos Ambrose (94.924 mph) for the top spot in the first group-based qualifying format ever used in NASCAR’s...
Marcos Ambrose led the way with a lap of 76.173 seconds in the first practice for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 from Sonoma. Rounding out the top five was Juan Pablo Montoya, Casey Mears, Kurt Busch, and Jamie McMurray.
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There was a real sense of urgency in Friday’s first Cup practice, as drivers vied to be part of the final qualifying group on Saturday afternoon. Marcos Ambrose ran 12 laps during the session and posted the fastest speed (94.049 mph) on his 12th lap.
With the five quickest drivers in first practice comprising the final qualifying group, that group (No. 8) will include Ambrose...