Nascar – Three Million Reasons For Ambrose To Win

August 31, 2011


Marcos Ambrose has three million reasons to pick up his second career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend.

By virtue of his recent success at Watkins Glen International, Ambrose has qualified for the Sprint Summer Showdown, with a win in this weekend’s race securing the Australian one million dollars, with another million dollars going to a fan, and further million dollars destined to a chosen charity.

There is added importance on the result this weekend, with only two races remaining before the cut-off for the Chase for the Sprint Cup, with a strong result putting forward Ambrose as a possible contestant in the season ending playoffs.

With current form driver Brad Keselowski inching closer to an outright top-ten championship position and a guaranteed spot in the Chase, Ambrose has moved to within five points of overhauling Paul Menard and David Ragan to possibly secure the final wildcard berth.


In a new format for 2011, the Chase will consist of the top-ten drivers in points after 26 races, with two other places going to the drivers with the most race wins between positions 11 through 20.

For Ambrose, who will celebrate his 35th birthday on Thursday (September 1st), there are plenty of reasons to continue his solid recent form.

“We’ve got a special paint scheme with Kwikset on the car, and I’ve got some extra incentive to win the race this weekend being a finalist in the Sprint Summer Showdown,” Ambrose said.

“It would be great to win the extra $3 million that is on the line.
“I know my crew prepared a fast car back at the Richard Petty Motorsports shop and I can’t wait to test it out Friday evening during our first practice session.

“Atlanta is a fun race track. I really enjoy going to the intermediate tracks and they have been pretty good to me this year, scoring four of my eight top-ten finishes at 1.5-mile (2.41km) speedways.

“I’m coming off of a 10th-place finish at Bristol last weekend, and I’m ready to get in my Kwikset Ford and get at it again this weekend.”

Ambrose’s chosen charity for the Sprint Summer Showdown is Victory Junction Gang Camp, with his fan being Ron Rempinski, from Saint Charles Missouri, while other eligible drivers for the multi-million dollar payout include Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski and Paul Menard.

The chassis that Ambrose will be utilising has form on the board in 2011, with it’s four races resulting in three top-ten finishes, the best of which being fourth at Las Vegas.

“We’ve had a pretty good month of August and we had a solid run in Bristol last weekend,” said crew chief Todd Parrott.

“We’ve got a good bit of momentum going into Atlanta and I’m feeling confident we are going to have another good run this weekend.

“Atlanta is a track that is very fast, we start the race early in the evening and race late into the night, so the track conditions will change throughout the event.”

The special Sunday night event US time will be broadcast in Australia on ONE HD and SPEED from 9:00am Monday morning.

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