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Aric Almirola Anxious to Race at Home Quaker Steak and Lube 200 Under the Lights on Tap for NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Rookie and the No. 75 Spears Manufacturing Silverado Team CONCORD, NC (May 16, 2006) - Aric Almirola is looking...

Aric Almirola Anxious to Race at Home

Quaker Steak and Lube 200 Under the Lights on Tap for NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Rookie and the No. 75 Spears Manufacturing Silverado Team

CONCORD, NC (May 16, 2006) - Aric Almirola is looking forward to Friday's Quaker Steak and Lube 200 at Lowe's Motor Speedway (LMS) for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS). The Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidate is excited to be back in the cockpit of his No. 75 Spears Manufacturing Silverado. There is an added perk for Almirola; he will enjoy all the comforts of home...because he will be at home.

"I'm just glad to be back behind the wheel of my Spears Silverado," Almirola stated. "I am looking forward to this nine race stretch of Truck Series events. We gained some positions in the driver points at Gateway with our first top-10 finish of the year and hope to make that a trend in the races to come.

"This weekend's events will be cool because I get to sleep in my own bed the night before the race, unlike every other race weekend. With Charlotte being the hub of NASCAR racing, and the fact that I've made a lot of friends here, makes me want to run that much better this weekend."

Almirola is "on loan" to the Spears Manufacturing Silverado team from Joe Gibbs Racing where he is a under a driver development contract.

The time between the last NCTS race at St. Louis where the Tampa, FL native scored his season-best finish has been busy for Almirola. In addition to testing at Chicagoland Speedway, Almirola made his first career NASCAR Busch Series start for Joe Gibbs Racing at Richmond International Raceway and tested his Busch car at LMS.

"We tested at Chicago for two days in the No. 75 Spears Manufacturing Silverado," said Almirola. "I really felt like we learned a lot. Most of which will apply when I get to race at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Then to have the opportunity to test the Husqvarna Chevrolet in the Busch Series test will be a huge help considering I had never driven at Charlotte until then. I also think that I learned a lot about the new tire that Goodyear is bringing this weekend; which should help jumpstart my test on Thursday in the No. 75 truck."

An open practice for NCTS competitors will be held Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Practice for the Quaker Steak and Lube will begin Friday at 9:15 a.m. with a rookie-only session schedules for 10:20 a.m. and then final practice at 10:50 a.m. Qualifying will begin at 4:15 p.m. after which all trucks qualified for the race will be impounded until the 8:45 p.m. start time.

SPEED TV, MRN Radio and XM Satellite radio will bring the live action to fans across the country.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Aric Almirola
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing