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NASCAR NOTES: Ambrose rides wave of momentum into Michigan

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Momentum is a major contributor to the success of a race team.

If it is on the team's side, they seem to be able to overcome many things on the way to success. Without it, nothing seems to go their way.

After his victory last weekend in Watkins Glen, Marcos Ambrose and his Richard Petty Motorsports No. 9 team seem to have momentum, and hope it can lock them into the Chase for 2012 with a second win in Michigan.

"It's exciting for us to be in this position," Ambrose said. "We're in striking distance, but we need to make some strikes. Definitely winning at Watkins Glen helped us get some momentum and definitely gets us closer to where we want to be, but there's a lot of work to be done yet."

Michigan has been a good track for Ambrose, and after sitting on the pole in the spring race, he feels they have a real chance to win.

"We're going to go to Michigan," he said. "After getting the pole there in the first race, and running top five most of the day, we thought we had a great chance to win that race, lock ourselves in the Chase. That's really our only focus right now."

However, Ambrose is not counting his chickens before they hatch. He knows something could happen Sunday to deny his team the Cinderella story they are trying to create.

"Our team has had a lot of really great runs this year; we've had a lot of speed," Ambrose said. "We've had trouble converting that speed into results. Small issues, mechanical problems, driver error, wrong strategy, you name it and we've done it. We have to stop all that."

So what is the plan to keep that momentum headed in their direction?

"Our focus has to be being aggressive on our strategy, being aggressive with the car and me on the racetrack being aggressive too, trying to get that next win," Ambrose said. "Without that, we're just going to be racing for 15th, 16th in the championship. That's not what we're after."

There will be several other teams looking for their second win in Michigan as well. Ambrose hopes the united effort building inside his team will be enough to keep them ahead of the pack.

"Most of our talking has been about how we're going to make the Chase, what we have to do with the team to get there," he said. "I'm excited about it. We really have to keep applying ourselves and hopefully get it right here at Michigan, to take the pressure off of the last three races."

Whether the RPM team can pull off the unexpected and make the Chase remains to be seen. However, Ambrose and his team certainly have a partner in their corner named "Big Mo," and that just might pull them through.

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