With an average finish of 12.8 at the Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway, Marcos Ambrose looks to tally another top-10 finish this weekend in the No. 9 Stanley Ford. Ambrose and the team have posted two 18th-place finishes this season and currently hold the 12th spot in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver points.
"Vegas has always been a good track for us," Ambrose stated. "We usually have good speed and lady luck tends to be on our side. I hope that continues this weekend. Our Stanley team really has a good opportunity to get into the top-10 in points. This time of the year, you can lose points very quickly. We haven't had a great finish yet, but we haven't had a terrible one either. We just need to get a little better."
Looking for his first top-10 of the season, the mile-and-a-half Las Vegas Motor Speedway is the perfect spot for that to happen. Ambrose posted his best Vegas finish of fourth in 2011 and finished 13th in this race last year.
"This is a big weekend for everyone," Ambrose continued. "This will be our first mile-and-a-half race, and with 16 races at intermediate tracks, it's important to have a good program at these tracks. I feel good about it and am ready to get to the track."
The No. 9 team has prepared chassis No. 840 for Vegas. This is a new chassis that the team built in the off-season.
"We have a new chassis for this weekend, and we're pretty anxious to get to the track and test. We're going to spend a lot of time in Las Vegas this weekend and hopefully learn a lot. This car is still new to everyone. I don't think it's been defined yet, and we're still finding out new things," stated Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer. "So far, we're not pleased with the race results, but overall, we are not complaining where we are in points. We are right there and have the opportunity to only improve. It's going to be key to keep getting the best out of our races. This season moves quickly, and we need to make sure we're not making mistakes and improving where we can."
Fans can catch the Las Vegas 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, March 10 at 3:00 p.m. ET. The race will be broadcast on FOX and MRN/SiriusXM 90.
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