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Aric Almirola Will Make Historic Start at Dover International Speedway in No. 75 Spears Manufacturing Silverado When Raybestos Rookie Contender Takes the Green Flag, Wayne and Connie Spears to Hold NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Record for Starts...

Aric Almirola Will Make Historic Start at Dover International Speedway in No. 75 Spears Manufacturing Silverado

When Raybestos Rookie Contender Takes the Green Flag, Wayne and Connie Spears to Hold NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Record for Starts by Team Owner

Dover, DE (May 31, 2006) - Aric Almirola's start in the AAA Insurance 200 at Dover International Speedway (DIS) will be historic for his team owner's Wayne and Connie Spears. The owner's of the No. 75 Spears Manufacturing Silverado will be sole owners of the record number of starts by a team in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS). Every start made by the team has been a Chevrolet Silverado.

The Spears will have fielded an entry in 273 (NCTS) races and have had a presence since the Series' inception in 1995. Drivers such as Ron Hornaday and Kevin Harvick have launched their spectacular NASCAR careers behind the wheel of a Spears' owned race car or truck.

"I am honored to be able to make the record-setting start for Wayne and Connie Spears, said Almirola. "They have given me a tremendous opportunity to drive the Spears Manufacturing Silverado. They certainly deserve all the recognition for their dedication to the NCTS and the boost they have given to the careers of many drivers."

Almirola is "on loan" to the Spears Manufacturing Silverado team from Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) where he is a under a driver development contract. He will compete the full 2006 NCTS season behind the wheel of the No. 75 Spears Manufacturing Silverado and run selected races for JGR in the NASCAR Busch Series (NBS).

Almirola has a busy weekend on-tap for DIS, a track he has never laid eyes on thus far in his career. He has entered his second career NBS event in the No. 19 JGR Husqvarna Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS.

"Dover looks like a really cool race track," observed the Tampa, FL native. "I have never been there but I am looking forward to getting on the track. I think the time I spend in the Busch car getting ready to qualify for that race will help me with my Spears Silverado and vice versa. The key for me as a rookie is to get as many laps as possible but with the testing rules, it is hard to do. So running both series at one track definitely will help me with the valuable track time."

-sm/jgr

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Aric Almirola