The new NASCAR rules mean that it is possible for many more drivers to be able to be in with a chance of reaching The Chase, which is the final race of the season the determines the overall winner. Some drivers such as Marcos Ambrose, would never have previously stood a chance of being able to do qualify for the Chase as they would never have accumulated enough points, but with the new system they just need one win and they could be in, even if they do not finish any other race in the season.
Ambrose drives with Richard Petty Motorsports and he has not yet managed to win a race this season although his two victories in NASCAR Sprint cup have come on road courses and this weekend therefore gives him a good chance. The Sonoma Raceway is a road course and although he has never won on this particular course, the fact that he historically does well on road courses means he is in with a great chance.
Ambrose explained himself that he was aware that the road races are his biggest chance of getting a good result. He knows that if he wins it will secure him a place in the Chase and therefore the team have put a lot of work into giving him the best possible chance to win this race and knows that it is now down to him to give it his best shot. He explained that it would make the year for the team and it would not be a complete year if he did not make it to the Chase.
His Somona record is pretty good with him close to winning in 2010 when he shut off his engine in a mistake that led to him dropping back to sixth place. In the last five races he has always come in the top eight as well apart and his only bad result was in 2008 when he suffered from transmission failure.