Richard Petty Motorsports' NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Marcos Ambrose will race his first Nationwide Series race of 2013 this Saturday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Due to his Cup obligations at Michigan International Speedway, Ambrose will need someone else to practice his Nationwide car on Friday and qualify it on Saturday morning.
Those duties will go to Richard Petty Motorsports developmental driver Ryan Truex. The 21-year-old Truex will pilot the No. 9 Stanley Ford in both practice sessions at Mid-Ohio on Friday and then also be behind the wheel on Saturday morning to qualify the car. Ambrose will then fly in from Michigan where he will practice his Cup car on Saturday morning and will start the Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 from the rear of the field due to the driver change.
Truex has 35 career Nationwide Series races to his name with nine top 10 finishes. Ambrose will drive the Nationwide car in Thursday's test session at Mid-Ohio so that he will have laps in the car on the track prior to raceday.
Ambrose has four career Nationwide Series wins, all on road courses. He will be one of the favorites on Saturday even though he has to start from the back.
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