Thursday March 15, 2012
The pre-season preparation all comes together this Saturday night for the expanded Marcos Ambrose Motorsport team, with Ben Rhodes and Clayton Pyne set to line up their Stanley sponsored rides in the season opening UARA Stars race at the historic Hickory Motor Speedway.
Last weekend the duo participated in the 100-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series race at the same venue, with Rhodes storming through for a fourth place finish, while Pyne was the early victim of bent steering.
Both showed strong pace in practice, with the pair qualifying in 10th and 11th positions in a highly competitive field.
For Rhodes, the opening event for the year was far from trouble-free, as a mid-race spin sent the Kentucky-based driver down the leader board.
However, a late race fight back saw Rhodes charge from eighth position to be knocking on the door of the podium by the checkered flag.
“The race last Saturday night was pretty crazy, we had a lot of different things thrown at us, but we were able to overcome them,” Rhodes said.
“The whole Marcos Ambrose Motorsport crew did a great job, and we now know we have a fast car over the duration of the race.
“Getting this experience before the season proper starts gives us all a lot of confidence.”
Meanwhile for Pyne, this season’s Marcos Ambrose Motorsport Australian import, his initial foray into North American Late Model racing proved to be a short-lived affair.
Despite taking an early hit, Pyne is more than prepared to start the points paying season with a top result.
“We had a great run in qualifying, but through no fault of our own, we took a hit early in the race which bent the steering,” Pyne said.
“It’s a great shame, because as Ben showed, the Marcos Ambrose Motorsport cars are a force over a race length.
There’s a positive feeling in the team, and we can’t wait to get the season started.”
While the Marcos Ambrose Motorsport young guns will be taking to the third-mile long Hickory oval, team principal Marcos Ambrose takes on NASCAR’s fastest bullring, the half-mile high-banked Bristol Motor Speedway.
“With these short tracks, car set up is so important,” Ambrose said.
“The drivers have to work hard with the engineers to ensure that the car can keep its tires alive for the full 150 laps.
“It’s a great learning experience, and I’m sure Ben and Clayton will be ones to watch at the front of the field.”
For fans who are unable to attend the UARA event trackside, all of the action from the will be streamed live via MotorSportsBroadcasting.com for only $7.50.
The UARA Stars Series this year consists of 16 events, with venues including the legendary Rockingham Speedway on April 14, with the event a double-header alongside the NASCAR Camping World Truck series.
More information on Marcos Ambrose Motorsport can be found on the team’s all-new website.
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