Mar 15, 2014; Bristol, TN, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Marcos Ambrose (9) during practice for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Marcos Ambrose heads to Richmond with extra motivation


Marcos Ambrose will have more incentive to win Saturday night’s Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmoind (Va.) International Raceway in the form of an extra $1 million. But the extra cash wouldn’t be for him. Instead, sponsor Stanley is set to donate $1 million to the Children’s Miracle Network through the Ace Hardware Foundation, should Ambrose win at Richmond on Saturday. Money will also be donated for a second or third-place finish. If Ambrise finishes second, the donation will be $500,000. There will be a $250,000 donation for a third-place finish.

“It’s just a special cause for everyone, and we feel pretty honored to be in a position to race for this donation,” Ambrose said. “We’re going to visit some of the patients this Thursday morning in Richmond before the race weekend starts. We’re just looking to put a smile on their face and show them something different. Hopefully, they get excited, but hopefully, we’re all a lot more excited at the end of the race Saturday night.”

Ambmrose and his No. 9 Richard Petty Motorsports team plan to visit the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University on Thursday to place games with patients and put on a pit stop demonstration.

Ambrose’s best-career finish at RIR is fifth. In all, Ambrose has two-career wins, both coming consecutively at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International in 2011 and 2012.

“This is always a big weekend for Stanley, Ace Hardware and the Children’s Miracle Ntwork Hospitals, and it’s always a big weekend for RPM and our No. 9 team,” Ambrose said. “We haven’t won the million dollars in the different years that we’ve participated in the progream, but we want nothing more than to do so. If we can’t win, finishing second or third will be a big donation and go a long way to help these children.”

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