Las Vegas: Aric Almirola preview

Back Where it All Began for Billy Ballew Motorsports Almirola Looking for Victory at Site of First Win MOORESVILLE, N.C. (September 20, 2010) - It is always like a homecoming for Billy Ballew Motorsports when traveling to the 1.5-mile Las ...

Back Where it All Began for Billy Ballew Motorsports
Almirola Looking for Victory at Site of First Win

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (September 20, 2010) - It is always like a homecoming for Billy Ballew Motorsports when traveling to the 1.5-mile Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway. It is there where the two-truck team organization recorded its first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) win in 2004. The stable has made 18 additional trips to victory lane since that fateful day.

Aric Almirola, driver of the No. 51 Zyclara by Graceway Pharmaceuticals Tundra, hopes to make it win number 20 when the team returns to LVMS this week to conquer the Smith's Food & Drug Stores 350.

Almirola has never finished outside the top-10 in NCWTS competition at LVMS. In his two NCWTS starts, Almirola finished 10th in 2006 and finished eighth in 2009. He enters this weekend riding a streak of seven consecutive top-10 finishes this season. The team sits second in championship points.

Comments from Aric Almirola Heading into Las Vegas:

"I think the most fun thing about Las Vegas is obviously not the track, but the extracurricular activities (laughing). Nonetheless, the track is a lot of fun to race on. It's really fast, has a lot of grip and it is pretty rough making you able to pass. You can move around too and run the top or the middle. Some people run the bottom, but it just depends on how you are handling.

"The track allowed us put on a great race last year. We got a top-10 result and I'm optimistic that we can beat that this year. I'm looking forward to going back there with some of the notes from last season to apply to the Graceway Pharmaceuticals Tundra. We're really looking for wins.

"It feels like I've run a lot better than the finishes show. The team has had success there and has history there too. It's a special place for Billy (Ballew) and the guys. We want to get back in victory lane there.

"Off the track, when it comes to the casinos, I've had some good years where I've won some money. I've had some bad ones, too. I hate losing money so I don't gamble a lot. I'd rather have the money in my pocket than pay the city's electric bill for the month. I try not to get too carried away, but I do like to go out and have some fun and maybe catch a show as well."

-source: bbm

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Aric Almirola