Loudon: Aric Almirola preview

Almirola Aims to Return 51 Truck to Victory Lane at NHMS Six Consecutive Top-10 Finishes Keep Team in Hunt for Championship MOORESVILLE, N.C. (September 13, 2010) -The No. 51 Zyclara by Graceway Pharmaceuticals team anxiously await ...

Almirola Aims to Return 51 Truck to Victory Lane at NHMS
Six Consecutive Top-10 Finishes Keep Team in Hunt for Championship

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (September 13, 2010) -The No. 51 Zyclara by Graceway Pharmaceuticals team anxiously await Saturday's TheRaceDayRaffleSeries.com 175 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS). That is because, last season, Kyle Busch drove the Billy Ballew Motorsports-fielded Tundra to victory at NHMS. This year, driver Aric Almirola hopes to repeat the performance and give the team its third win of the 2010 Camping Word Truck Series campaign.

At tracks one mile in length or less in 2010, Almirola has scored three top-10 finishes in five starts, including a win at Dover International Speedway and a second-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway. He has several starts at New Hampshire including a top-10 in the Camping World Truck Series and a pair of top-25 finishes in the Sprint Cup Series.

Almirola has scored six straight top-10 finishes in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competition, four of which were top-five finishes. He is currently second in the championship standings, 261 points behind leader Todd Bodine.

Almirola Comments on New Hampshire:

"I love going to Loudon. New Hampshire Motor Speedway is so much fun to race at. It's really tough to get your truck to handle well there because the corners are so flat and so long. I think you spend more time in the corners than you do in the straightaways.

"We've got a really good baseline and package for New Hampshire. We just did some testing to prepare for the race. It was a really good test session, so I'm really looking forward to the event. I think we'll have a good run there. We tested at Gresham Motorsports Park in Georgia and learned a lot there. We all feel good heading to the track.

"We're second in the points now. Todd (Bodine)'s built up a good lead, but that doesn't change our game plan. We've got to go and keep trying to win races every single weekend. We can't ride around and hope to get good finishes. We've got to win. That's how you get the most points. Our focus every single weekend is to do everything in our power to win races.

"There are so many good trucks in the Camping World Truck Series garage that you can never go into a defensive mode in the points hunt. If you try and protect your position in the standings by riding around in the top-10, you'll fall in the standings. It's just too competitive. There are so many good teams that show up each week. There's no other way around it. You have to compete for wins if you want to catch the drivers ahead of you, and to keep the guys behind you from passing you by. That's the only way to compete in the championship standings."

-source: bbm

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Todd Bodine , Aric Almirola , Kyle Busch