On a streak of three top-15 finishes, Marcos Ambrose and the No. 9 DEWALT Ford team expect to continue to run up front this weekend at the Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. Ambrose and the No. 9 team have turned a corner in the past three races with finishes of sixth, eighth and 13th. The team just missed finishing in the top-10 at Atlanta after running third late in the race.
Ambrose heads into Richmond with nine starts at the Virginia track and has posted one top-five and two top-10 finishes. In April, the No. 9 team showed they were strong before an engine failure ended their day early. Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer has seven starts at the .75-mile track. He tallied two top-five and three top-10 finishes in those starts.
Comments from DEWALT Ford Fusion Driver Marcos Ambrose:
"I've been really proud of our Richard Petty Motorsports team the past month. It just seems that we're working really well together, and we're making the most of our races. We've been really strong on race day, and even if we don't have the best car, we are still in position to race up front. That's really made a difference and where we are seeing the good results.
"I think it has given everyone a lot of confidence and is making us stronger as we go into the final 11 weeks. We just seem to be getting better, and it's making me feel good behind the wheel. We wish we had these results earlier in the year, but that's a part of racing. We had to let some bad luck get behind us, and now, we're really starting to show some strength.
"We still have some work to do to get better, but Richard Petty Motorsports is getting stronger. This year has been another step moving in the right direction for us. We just need to concentrate on the end of the year. We want to get a win really bad. We're getting closer."
Comments from Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer on Atlanta:
"We have significantly improved our finishes the past few weeks. I'm excited to race a new chassis. We have been working on it, and I can't wait to see how it races. Our DEWALT team is pretty strong right now, and we're looking forward to this race."