Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Ambrose Braces Himself for National Dirt Debut in the No. 47 Kingsford Late Model at Eldora Speedway before Cup Race at Richmond

CORNELIUS, N.C. (September 8, 2009) – Marcos Ambrose, who hails from Launceston, Tasmania, Australia, is doing something he has never done before on Wednesday and that is making a stop in Rossburg, Ohio for his first trip to the half-mile, high-banked dirt oval known as Eldora Speedway.

Ambrose will compete in the Gillette Young Guns Prelude to the Dream before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series invades Richmond International Raceway this weekend thanks to an invitation from two-time Cup champion and Eldora Speedway owner Tony Stewart.

Ambrose is racing the No. 47 Kingsford® Charcoal dirt Late Model fielded by Twin Oaks Racing and owned by Bob Straight in the fifth annual event that has an all-star cast with drivers, such as, Jimmie Johnson, David Reutimann, Ryan Newman, Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer, Kasey Kahne, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick, Kenny Schrader, Brian Vickers and Ron Capps to name a few.

According to Ambrose, to be personally invited by Stewart is a privilege and it is also an honor to race for such a great cause that supports four-military-themed charities. Proceeds from HBO Pay-Per-View® race telecast will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, Operation Homefront and Fisher House.

“For Tony to invite me to race in the Gillette Young Guns Prelude to the Dream is such an honor and I appreciate him including me because it means a lot to me personally,” Ambrose said. “It makes me feel like I’ve been accepted as one of the guys. Who would have thought an Australian would be invited to something of this magnitude with some of the best racers in the business? I know I’m going to have my hands full because I’ll be going up against drivers that grew up racing on dirt and I really don’t have any dirt experience when it comes down to it. I don’t want to get in the way and I want to do well for Bob Straight and the Twin Oaks Racing team in the No. 47 Kingsford® Charcoal dirt Late Model. We’ll have a lot of fun. My crew chief, Frank Kerr, and a couple of my guys are going up with me. This is something I have been looking forward to all season.”

Once the dirt feature is over, Ambrose prepares to race the No. 47 Clorox® Toyota at Richmond International Raceway where he finished 11th in the Cup race earlier this season.

“We had a strong finish at Richmond and we are hoping to bounce back following a 23rd-place finish at Atlanta (Motor Speedway),” Ambrose said. “Richmond is a track I enjoy racing because it is a short track that feels like a mile-and-a-half track. It’s just really fast and smooth.”

Ambrose enters the .75-mile D-shaped oval with four top-five and seven top-10 finishes this season and is 17th in the driver’s championship standings. In 36 career starts, he has recorded five top-five and eight top-10 finishes.

“We’ve had a respectable season and our goal now is to finish in the top-15 in points,” Ambrose said. “I’m confident and I have a great crew. It’s a realistic goal for us with the way we have been running this season.”
Live coverage from Richmond International Raceway begins on Saturday, September 12th on ABC at 7 p.m. ET and MRN Radio.

More Prelude information:

The rescheduled Prelude to the Dream on Wednesday, Sept. 9 from Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio is back on HBO Pay-Per-View. Now known as the fifth annual Gillette Young Guns Prelude to the Dream, the all-star dirt Late Model race returns after its June 3 date was washed out by rain. Headlining the returning driver lineup are the Gillette Young Guns: Ryan Newman, Kasey Kahne, Carl Edwards, Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano. All will join Tony Stewart, the two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and owner of Eldora Speedway, in a battle for dirt supremacy that will be presented live to the entire nation on HBO Pay-Per-View, with proceeds from the telecast going to support four military-themed charities:
The live, commercial-free broadcast featuring 25 drivers piloting 2,300-pound dirt Late Model stock cars capable of putting out over 800 horsepower will begin at 7 PM ET (4 PM PT), with an immediate replay and subsequent replays throughout the week and the following weekend. HBO Pay-Per-View's racing telecast has a suggested retail price of $24.95 and is available to more than 71 million pay-per-view homes. HBO Pay-Per-View is the leading supplier of event programming in the pay-per-view industry.

How to Order:

The following are step-by-step instructions to help place your order for the Prelude to the Dream on HBO-Pay-Per-View:* Cable Customers: All that is necessary to order the event is a digital cable box on your TV. If you are not sure about the kind of box you have, contact your cable company and ask if you have a digital cable box that gets Pay-Per-View. Some cable systems have a short window available to order PPV events. The more specific you are with the Customer Service Representative, the easier it will be to place your order.* DirecTV & DISH Network Customers: You can find the event on Channel 121 (Direct TV) and 455 (DISH Network) in Standard-Definition. Once you see the entry, click the event and follow the on-screen instructions to order. If you have any problems ordering, contact a Customer Service Representative anytime on September 9th to make sure your order is processed and you get to see the race.

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