Darlington: Aric Almirola preview

Almirola Aims to Become Part of Darlington's History Hopes Past Experience Pays Off When Trucks Return MOORESVILLE, N.C. (August 9, 2010) - The Too Tough to Tame 200 will mark the first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) event at ...

Almirola Aims to Become Part of Darlington's History
Hopes Past Experience Pays Off When Trucks Return

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (August 9, 2010) - The Too Tough to Tame 200 will mark the first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) event at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway since 2004. Aric Almirola, driver of the No. 51 Zyclara by Graceway Tundra fielded by Billy Ballew Motorsports, is excited about returning to the 1.366-mile famed racetrack.

According to Almirola, few other venues share the attributes that have made "The Lady in Black" such an important part of NASCAR's history and tradition. The Tampa, Fla., native also recognizes the honor of winning at the track, no matter what racing series. Although Darlington will be a new venture for the majority of the Truck Series field, Almirola has previous experience at the historic track competing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

Almirola and the No.51 Billy Ballew Motorsports team also participated in the Goodyear test in March. They hope that their data will allow them to be fully prepared for this weekend.

The team sits second in Camping World Truck Series points and continues to have a championship-caliber season. Almirola has collected 10 top-10's, five top-fives and two wins so far this season.

Almirola Comments on Too Tough to Tame 200:

"Darlington is one of the coolest tracks we go to. It has a ton of history with the Southern 500 and NASCAR racing there for so long. It's pretty cool that they asked the Truck Series to go down there and race. It's going to be an awesome event and I think we'll put on a great show.

"We did a tire test for Goodyear earlier this year at the track. That was really good for us to get that opportunity. We had a really fast truck when we tested and I felt good about it. I'm looking forward to get back down there. The racing is going to be great and I think we'll be fast right off the hauler.

"Darlington takes 100% concentration every lap. The second you lose focus, 'the Lady in Black' will quickly remind you why she demands so much respect. There's a reason it has a reputation for being such a difficult track. You're always just inches away from adding another stripe to the wall.

"Everything about the track is unique. There's nothing else on the circuit like it. The layout, the personality, the way you drive the track, there's nowhere that compares. The fans are really going to see something special when we race there. I'm so glad that NASCAR added this back to our schedule. It's such a cool place and I can't wait to get back there and have another good run for Graceway Pharmaceuticals."

-source: bbm

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Series NASCAR Truck
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