Marcos Ambrose should be on pins and needles. He says he's not.
"No, not at all," Ambrose said Sunday after NASCAR postponed the Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International because of rain. "It keeps me relaxed. You can't fight the weather, so I just worry about stuff you can control. I've got the kids here with me, so I'm going to play with them a little bit and chill out."
Steady rain began just when the race was scheduled to start at 1 p.m. and did not abate in time for track crews to dry the 2.45-mile racing surface. They did give it a shot with jet driers that got the front straightaway nearly race-ready, but a second front moved in, forcing the postponement.
The race is now scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. today, but rain also is in the forecast in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York.
"We really feel like we have a window," Watkins Glen International president Michael Printup said. "I'll keep my fingers crossed."
NASCAR spokeswoman Kristi King said the race would be staged Tuesday if necessary. The 2009 Watkins Glen Cup race won by Tony Stewart also was postponed a day after the track was hit by a string of thunderstorms.
Ambrose will start third behind Kyle Busch, who won the pole at 126.421 mph, and teammate AJ Allmendinger, and Ambrose is a big favorite to get the first Cup victory of his career.
"I'm looking forward to it," Ambrose said. "We're a contender, no doubt."
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