Almirola Ready to Roll After Four Week Break
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (April 26, 2010) - The No. 51 Graceway Pharmaceuticals team rolls into Kansas City, Kan., this weekend second in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series point standings. At only an 82 point deficit to leader Timothy Peters, driver Aric Almirola knows the best way to stay in championship contention is to focus on winning each event. Almirola sees Kansas as an opportunity to do just that.
Billy Ballew Motorsports' (BBM) reputation at intermediate tracks speaks for itself. Of BBM's 17 wins, 12 victories came at tracks one to two miles in length. The No. 51 entry finished fifth at Kansas Speedway with Brian Ickler behind the wheel of the BBM Tundra in 2009. Last season at Chicagoland Speedway, a track with similar characteristics to Kansas, Almirola drove the No. 15 truck to an eighth-place finish, and Kyle Busch drove the No. 51 truck to a win.
Almirola Comments on the O'Reilly Auto Parts 250:
"As far as the championship goes, it's never too early to start thinking about that. Everybody goes into Daytona thinking about it. At the same time, we've got to focus week-in and week-out on running as good as we can and trying to win races. There's no better way to secure a championship than to win races and finish in the top-five. I'm looking forward to Kansas. That's our next focus. We want to go there and run as good as we can and try to win.
"As far as Kansas goes, it's your typical mile-and-a-half, cookie cutter race track. It's a lot like Chicago (Speedway), a lot of similarities there. We're really looking forward to Kansas. We ran really well at Chicago last year. We're taking the same truck, so hopefully we'll unload fast off the truck. It's a fun track to race at and it should be a good race."