Phoenix: Almirola post race interview

ARIC ALMIROLA , No. 15 Graceway Pharmaceuticals Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports Finishing Position: 3rd How did your truck handle during the race? "We had a good truck. Doug George (crew chief) and everybody on this AK Awareness.com...

ARIC ALMIROLA , No. 15 Graceway Pharmaceuticals Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports
Finishing Position: 3rd

How did your truck handle during the race?

"We had a good truck. Doug George (crew chief) and everybody on this AK Awareness.com Tundra did a really good job. I don't know what it's going to take to get one of these ones. It's not for a lack of effort. I can promise you that. Everybody is racing their hearts out. Our truck just wasn't very good on short runs and for whatever reason that last set of tires didn't take off very good for us. It was really tight -- that last set of tires. We chattered the right front for quite a while and just couldn't ever take off."

How was your race tonight?

"It was a fun race tonight. The race track widened out. You could run two-wide pretty good. The bottom lane was definitely preferred but you could move around. It was a good race. I'm just still disappointed, man, I want to get one of these wins some kind of bad. We tried, we raced our butts off and we came home third. That was what we had tonight."

Was your truck better on the short or long runs tonight?

"It wasn't very good on short runs. We struggled yesterday on short runs, too, in practice and for whatever reason it just wouldn't take off. We chattered the right front, chattered the right front and finally it would come in and take off and it would go pretty good. I'm really proud of everybody at Billy Ballew Motorsports. Doug George (crew chief) and all of the guys on this AK Awareness Tundra have been doing a great job. We just came up short. I'm going to win one of these races one of these days. We just keep coming up short but it's not for lack of effort."

How has your team progressed over the season?

"Our team has really stepped their game up. We bring trucks to the race track every single weekend and they're capable of winning and I think we've proved that. Talladega we ran one-two and unfortunately I was second. Texas we had a top- five, top-three truck and I lost power steering about lap 35 and then here again we had another good truck and led laps and ran upfront but just couldn't seem to seal the deal. I'm very proud of everything that everybody's got going on at Billy Ballew Motorsports. I'm very happy that Graceway Pharmaceuticals have come onboard and helped us get through the end of the year, but the Gods honest truth about next year, I have no clue. Last year, two years ago, I probably would've felt like a little bit of an outcast and felt like the minority going to Homestead next week and not having any idea what I'm doing next year but for whatever the case may be whether it's the economy, whether it's just people not sure of what's going on, I really feel like the majority. It seems like half of the garage in all three series are really unsure on their 2010 plans. There's a lot of uncertainty going into next year and I just seem to be a part of that."

-credit: toyota motorsports

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