Bristol: Aric Almirola preview

Bristol, TN, (August 17, 2009)-Aric Almirola will return to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series to pilot the No. 15 Graceway Pharmaceuticals Billy Ballew Motorsports entry at Bristol Motor Speedway Wednesday, August 19, 2009. Almirola last ...

Bristol, TN, (August 17, 2009)-Aric Almirola will return to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series to pilot the No. 15 Graceway Pharmaceuticals Billy Ballew Motorsports entry at Bristol Motor Speedway Wednesday, August 19, 2009.

Almirola last piloted the No. 15 truck at O'Reilly Raceway Park posting a third place finish for the independent team owner, Billy Ballew. Almirola has one previous Camping World Truck Series start, three Nationwide Series and four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at the 0.533-mile high banked oval at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Almirola looks forward to returning to the short track in Bristol, Tennessee.

"If I had to rank tracks, Bristol is definitely in my top-three favorite tracks to race at on the NASCAR circuit," Almirola stated. "It is like being on one of those spinning rides at the carnival. You really have to focus on where you come on and off pit road to know where your pit stall is, because everything looks the same when you are going in a circle that fast. With it being a concrete surface, it has tons of grip. And it has more banking than any other track we go to, so add all those elements together and you have one fast race track."

The high banked short track provides excellent racing excitement for both the drivers and fans but can be punishing on the body driving on the steep 36o. turns and 16o.straightaways.

"I would compare racing at Bristol to doing the hardest and most intense workout plan your body can stand for three hours," Almirola said. "I give credit to drivers who pull a triple-race weekend at Bristol. Your body is wore out by the time you finish a race.

As far as set-up, handling is huge at Bristol, and you can't count out track position. The team has a good track record there, with plenty of top-5 finishes and a win with Kyle Busch. So I'm looking forward to being ahead of the curve going into practice on Wednesday morning and bringing home a trophy for the No. 15 team."

Billy Ballew Motorsports has nine previous starts at Bristol Motor Speedway with one win scored by Kyle Busch in 2008. The independent team has posted three top-five and five top-10 finishes at the famed Tennessee short track.

Doug George will return as the crew chief on the No. 15 Toyota Tundra for the remainder of the 2009 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. George, the veteran driver turned crew chief, spent the first half of the season with the No. 51 Billy Ballew Motorsports team leading them to two victories in 2009. (Auto Club Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway)

Graceway Pharmaceuticals LLC which is based in Bristol, Tennessee will serve as the primary sponsor on the No. 15 NASCAR Camping World Truck as well as the No. 09 Billy Ballew Motorsports entry driven by Nate Monteith and will serve as the primary associate sponsor on the No. 51 Miccosukee Resort Tundra driven by Kyle Busch.

-credit: bbm

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Aric Almirola , Kyle Busch