Darlington Raceway 200
Aric Almirola No. 88 GT Vodka Chevrolet
“Darlington is very tough. The saying ‘too tough to tame’ fits that place perfect. It’s a fast track, too. They certainly didn’t design it for the speeds we run these cars at today, and that’s one of the reasons it’s so challenging. You’re going 180 mph getting into turn three and you’re coming up on a tight corner where you have to get all your turning done in a hurry. You have to slow way down. The groove down there is really narrow. It’s barely wide enough for two cars to fit on the banking, so passing becomes difficult. There is not much room for error because you run so close to the fence all night. One tiny little mistake and the next thing you know you’re in the fence. You’ll see a lot of guys show up there with wood in their right side door bar because they know they’re going to hit the fence. It may be tough, but it’s a lot of fun in the process.”
Josh Wise No. 7 TaxSlayer.com Chevrolet
“There is a lot you have to remember as you’re going around the track at Darlington, as far as holding your line in certain places. You can run down into one and two, get back to the gas and probably turn the car down to the bottom a lot earlier than you should. But you have to remember to hold it up and make that late break to the apron of turn two.
“Darlington will be a challenge for me, I’m sure. But I’m ready for it. I only have one other start there, but this TaxSlayer.com team is carrying a lot of momentum from the past couple of weeks. We’ve got a lot to build on with this team, and I’m hoping we can come out of there with another good run.”
-source: jr motorsports