Almirola Aims to Ride Momentum into Charlotte MOORESVILLE, N.C. (May 18, 2010) - After coming close at multiple races this season, Aric Almirola and the No. 51 Graceway Pharmaceuticals team went to victory lane last week at Dover...
Almirola Aims to Ride Momentum into Charlotte
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (May 18, 2010) - After coming close at multiple races this season, Aric Almirola and the No. 51 Graceway Pharmaceuticals team went to victory lane last week at Dover International Speedway. The win was Almirola's first in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) arena, and has the Tampa, Fla., native anxious to vie for the checkered flag in Friday's North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway (CMS).
The No. 51 team's achievement last week at Dover marked a significant accomplishment. Billy Ballew Motorsports now has won a race in seven consecutive seasons, the most by an active team. The record is 11 (1995-2005) by Ultra Motorsports. Two other teams have won in seven consecutive seasons: Hendrick Motorsports (1995-2001) and Roush Fenway Racing (2003-2009).
Almirola has one previous NCWTS start at CMS, which he started from the 16th position and finished ninth. The No. 51 team has one win at CMS, which came in May 2006 with Kyle Busch.
Almirola on the North Carolina Education Lottery 200:
"Last week at Dover is just what we needed. We proved to ourselves that we can get the job done. Everyone on this team is confident and anxious to go out and fight for another win. Momentum plays a huge part in this sport, so hopefully we'll keep it rolling into Charlotte.
"I really wish we had the folks from Graceway Pharmaceuticals at the race last week. They're such a great sponsor and if it weren't for their partnership, we wouldn't have this opportunity. I can't thank them enough for all they do. Unfortunately they weren't at Dover and missed their chance to celebrate with us in victory lane. It won't be long, though, until we're there again and give them a chance to experience it.
"A lot of people thought that this team wouldn't be the same after Kyle Busch left. He's an awesome driver, but he was only one part of the operation. A team is more than just one person. All of the guys at Billy Ballew Motorsports work so hard to make us competitive at every track we go to. We showed we can still win races and we're ready to do it again.
"Last week we went back to the basics and it paid off. We've had a good balance the previous weeks, but we experimented, knowing that it was early in the season and that we might learn a few things to help us get ahead for later in the year. We got back on our game at Dover. Our truck was really fast and I expect the same thing out of our truck at Charlotte. A lot of the setups correlate from track to track and we've been pretty stout at the mile-and-a-half venues so far. I think we'll be really good at Charlotte and Texas.
"The best thing about Charlotte is being able to sleep in your own bed. You can sleep in your own house and lay on your own couch. When you spend so many weekends away from home, it makes it so nice to truly have a 'home base' for a race weekend."