Bristol: Aric Almirola preview

Almirola Looks to Keep BBM Bristol Streak Alive Team has Two Victories in Three Tries at Demanding Half-Mile Oval MOORESVILLE, N.C. (August 16, 2010) - The No. 51 Billy Ballew Motorsports team's confidence is riding high into this week's ...

Almirola Looks to Keep BBM Bristol Streak Alive
Team has Two Victories in Three Tries at Demanding Half-Mile Oval

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (August 16, 2010) - The No. 51 Billy Ballew Motorsports team's confidence is riding high into this week's O'Reilly 200 at the .533-mile Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. In three previous starts at the high-banked, half-mile concrete oval, the 51 team has visited victory lane twice (Kyle Busch, 2008 and 2009). Aric Almirola, driver of the Zyclara by Graceway Pharmaceuticals Toyota Tundra, is aiming to continue that streak in this Wednesday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) event.

Almirola has proven he can get the job done at "Thunder Valley." The Tampa, Fla., native has finished inside the top-10 at Bristol in all three of NASCAR's top series. Almirola finished 10th in 2007 Nationwide Series competition. He took the checkers in eighth-place in the 2008 Sprint Cup race, and earned a sixth-place finish at Bristol in the 2009 NCWTS race. Almirola hopes his experience will yield a performance that tightens the point's race with series leader Todd Bodine.

He's currently second in the NCWTS championship standings, 231 points behind Bodine. The team is also hoping for a strong finish for Graceway Pharmaceuticals. The company is headquarted in Bristol.

Almiorla Comments on Bristol Motor Speedway:

"Bristol is a tough racetrack. It's one of the most physically demanding tracks we go to. It will wear you down. It gets really hot down in that bowl. It's August, it's burning up. The steep banks create some serious g-force. Your body gets pulled in all kinds of different directions.

"Because it's such a short track, you're always moving your arms and legs. Until there's a caution, you never get to rest or relax for even a second. It's important to be in good shape. I've been running and taking care of my body, so I think I'll be in good condition for the race.

"Mentally it's a tough track, too. You're always on edge. There's just not much room to race there, so you've got to stay focused on hitting your marks and running your line. It's easy to lose your temper or become frustrated. You've got to remind yourself to keep a cool head and not get caught up in an accident.

"We always have good trucks there. Billy Ballew Motorsports has run very well there in the past. I'm really looking forward to racing there. I feel like we can go there and get on track and have the kind of performance that we need to tighten up the championship chase.

"It's nice to race in the backyard of Graceway too. They have been great supporters of me and this team all season. They are the ones who have allowed us to race for this championship. We all want to go out and win this race for them."

-source: bbm

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Todd Bodine , Aric Almirola , Kyle Busch