NASCAR Top-30 Preview:
No. 26 Marcos Ambrose
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Marcos Ambrose stands on pit road before the April Martinsville race. Ambrose scored six top-10 finishes in 2013.
By Dominic Aragón
January 14, 2014
Disclaimer: All opinions expressed are solely those of the writer.
Early season momentum for Marcos Ambrose and Richard Petty Motorsports will be pivotal if the No. 9 team anticipates to make the Chase.
2013 was the first time in his career Ambrose did not post a top-5 finish. However, Ambrose did have promising runs, and ran inside the top-5 at tracks like Daytona, Michigan, and of course, both road course events.
The always formidable road racer will continue to be strong at both road course races, and fast at the intermediate tracks, but consistency will need to be in the cards this season.
Although his contract details have not been formally announced, Ambrose is entering his fourth season with Richard Petty Motorsports. Although he brought the team back to victory lane in 2011, and a repeat win at Watkins Glen in 2012, Ambrose’s final finishes are not showing how well this team has run on the racetrack.
I wouldn’t say the driver is on the hot seat entering 2014, but Ambrose will have to finish races where he runs. The performance is there, no question. But, he and the No. 9 team can pick up early season momentum, and that, in turn, could set up Ambrose for a career year.
If Ambrose can start the year off with top-10 finishes and stay inside the top-20 in points by the time the road course events roll around on the schedule, Ambrose could likely win one of the two races and have an outside shot of making the Chase via a wildcard berth.
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