Marcos Ambrose will chase his third straight Sprint Cup victory at Watkins Glen International on Sunday, and he's feeling a little bit less pressure after nabbing the pole.

With an average finish of second in five starts at The Glen, the aggressive Ambrose goes in as the favorite. And he knows a win would vault him into the top 20 and at least move him into contention as a long shot at a wild-card berth for the 12-driver Chase for the Cup championship.

Ambrose prevailed in fender-banging duels with Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski in his two wins here. Unlike last year, Busch is firmly entrenched in sixth place in the points standings, but Keselowski, the reigning Cup champ, is 12th and desperate for a win.