Bristol II: JR Motorsports preview

Dale Earnhardt Jr. No. 88 Realtree Outfitters Chevrolet "Going to be a busy weekend for us, but I have the opportunity to race with Pops (crew chief Tony Eury Sr.) under the lights at Bristol, and we've got a bad-ass Realtree Outfitters paint ...

Dale Earnhardt Jr. No. 88 Realtree Outfitters Chevrolet

"Going to be a busy weekend for us, but I have the opportunity to race with Pops (crew chief Tony Eury Sr.) under the lights at Bristol, and we've got a bad-ass Realtree Outfitters paint scheme on this ol' No. 88, so it's all good. Bill Jordan of Realtree has been a friend for years, and he's been involved in the sport a long time. We usually go on a hunt once or twice a year, so if we could win this Bristol race Friday night, it would make for some helluva good stories to tell in some hunting lodge somewhere.

"I enjoy driving my own equipment from time to time, and to be able to do it with Pops is always fun. We won Daytona with Tony (Eury) Jr. as my crew chief, and I know how competitive they are with each other, so it's pretty important for us to run well this weekend so Pops can have some material to go back at Tony Jr. with."

On the announcement that Aric Almirola will drive the No. 88 starting in 2011: "He's a really talented driver, and we're fortunate to get him. I've thought highly of him for a long time, and what I've seen him do this year in the (NASCAR Camping World) Truck Series and in our car at ORP (O'Reilly Raceway Park) pretty much reinforced that. It's important for us to get some continuity going again, run for a championship, and contend for wins. JR Motorsports isn't much fun when that's not happening (laughing)."

Josh Wise No. 7 Hot Wheels Chevrolet

"I'm stoked to be driving the Hot Wheels Chevrolet this weekend. It's going to look awesome under the lights at Bristol. I've thoroughly enjoyed my time at JRM. Dale and Kelley have put together a great company and the entire staff is driven to win. Pops and Tony Jr. are racers through and through and they're winning attitude is contagious to everyone at the shop.

"Bristol will be fun but challenging this weekend. I don't have a lot of experience there, but one of my favorite tracks is Dover, which is somewhat similar to Bristol. I want to focus on the practice sessions and give Tony Jr. the right information to get our Hot Wheels Chevrolet driving its best. It's going to be stepping process through practice, qualifying and then the race. As in any short track race, track position will be important and you've got to qualify well to maintain a spot up front."

JRM ANNOUNCES 2011 PLANS FOR NO. 88 CHEVROLET - JR Motorsports cemented a integral part of its future Wednesday by signing Aric Almirola to a multi-year driving contract for the company's flagship No. 88 NASCAR Nationwide Series team starting in 2011. A 26-year-old native of Tampa, Fla., Almirola has 32 career Nationwide Series starts, including one for JR Motorsports in which he finished third at O'Reilly Raceway Park in July. Almirola's full-time duties as the No. 88 driver will officially begin in 2011, but he could potentially fill the seat in select races this season while he continues to run for a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship.

AUTOGRAPH SESSION - JRM driver Josh Wise will be signing autographs for race fans at Food City Family Race Night on Thursday, Aug. 19 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event is open to the public from 1 p.m to 9 p.m. on State Street in downtown Bristol, Tenn. and features show cars, food vendors, simulators and a driver autograph session.

TEAM POINTS POSITION - The No. 88 Realtree Outfitters team is ranked eighth in the 2010 owner points standings. The No. 7 Hot Wheels team fell two positions to 18th in owner points after last week's race at Michigan.

-source: jr motorsports

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Bill Jordan , Josh Wise , Aric Almirola
Teams JRM Racing , JR Motorsports