Ambrose: Bookie’s favourite for first win

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Thursday 11th August, 2011 - 12:08pm

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Former V8 Supercars champion turned NASCAR star Marcos Ambrose

Former V8 Supercars champion turned NASCAR star Marcos Ambrose

Marcos Ambrose heads into this weekend’s Watkins Glen International road course event as the favourite, according to local betting agencies.

Ambrose, driver of the #9 DeWalt Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports, will start as the favourite on Australia betting site Bet247.com. The Tasmanian will start the race at a field leading $6 ahead of Kyle Bush $7 and former Formula One driver Juan Pablo Montoya ($7).

Championship leaders Carl Edwards ($21) and Jimmie Johnson ($13) are ninth and eighth on the list respectively.

For a complete look at the Bet247.com odds CLICK HERE.

Ambrose has finished third, second and third in his past three NASCAR Sprint Cup starts at Watkins Glen, but says despite his favourite status, there’s no sure things.

“There are no guarantees of success, so we just have to go there and apply ourselves,” he said.

“We’ve got what I think is a really good car. We’ve tested for the track and we feel good about it. There’s not much we can do aside from turning up and putting our best foot forward.

“It’s been good to me in the past. I know what I need to feel to run fast there. I’m optimistic and confident.”

While his Sprint Cup starts haven’t yielded a win, Ambrose has won the past three Nationwide Series races at the circuit. This weekend, he will not compete in the second-tier class this weekend. CLICK HERE for Speedcafe.com’s story detailing his decision to sit out of the Nationwide race.

The Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen will be held this Sunday (Monday morning Australian time).

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