Ambrose picks up Glen NNS race, aims for Chase
August 04, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
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Watkins Glen International is no stranger to Marcos Ambrose, a five-time winner at the facility, but that doesn't mean the Richard Petty Motorsports driver isn't looking for any advantage he can get as he searches for his first win of 2014 and a likely berth in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
RPM announced Monday morning that Ambrose will pull double duty this weekend at the famed New York road course and compete in both events. With support from STANLEY, his Sprint Cup Series sponsor, RPM will enter the No. 09 in Saturday's Nationwide Series Zippo 200, along with his usual Cup entry in the Cheez-It 355.
A three-time winner of the Nationwide event, the added track time will only benefit Ambrose as he looks to secure a spot in the 16-team Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup with a third victory in Cup Series at the track.
"I love going to Watkins Glen and competing there," Ambrose said in a team release. "I am really thankful to STANLEY for allowing me the opportunity to race in the Nationwide Series and giving me another opportunity to win there. We have had a good record in this race and at this track. I'd love to win again. It will also give me and my pit crew more time on the track as we hope to sweep the weekend."
Veteran engineer Scott McDougall will be the crew chief for Ambrose during Saturday's headliner event. The STANLEY Racing Sprint Cup pit crew will also pull double duty with Ambrose and service the Nationwide Series car on Saturday.