Almirola Looking to Become Guitar Hero at Nashville MOORESVILLE, N.C. (March 29, 2010) - The guitar awarded in Nashville Superspeedway' s victory lane is one of NASCAR's most coveted awards. Aric Almirola has been eyeing the custom Les Paul ...
Almirola Looking to Become Guitar Hero at Nashville
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (March 29, 2010) - The guitar awarded in Nashville Superspeedway' s victory lane is one of NASCAR's most coveted awards. Aric Almirola has been eyeing the custom Les Paul Gibson since making his first start at the 1.33-mile speedway in 2006. The Tampa, Fla., native is confident that his No. 51 Billy Ballew Motorsports team has what it takes to bring home the beloved trophy this weekend.
Almirola has two Nationwide Series starts and two Camping World Truck Series starts at Nashville Superspeedway. His best finish came in 2007, when he drove the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing car to a 10th-place finish. Almirola finished in the top-10 for the second consecutive time last weekend at Martinsville Speedway. His performance moved him into second-place of the NCWTS championship point standings.
Almirola Comments on the Nashville 200:
"Getting a guitar in victory lane at Nashville (Superspeedway) is something very special. It's the only race track that does that. The race track itself is unique, but winning the race and having a chance to get a Sam Bass guitar is really cool. No other tracks give away trophies like that. It gives drivers a lot of incentive to win; I know it does me.
"This will be our first race of the season that we don't have a companion event with the Sprint Cup Series, but I don't think it will change too much. Harvick and Kyle Busch are entered in the race, so we'll still have a few couple of the Cup guys to race with. The same guys in the Truck Series that are good every week will continue to be the ones to beat. The race will still have all the excitement that the fans have come to love. It's going to be tough to win and very competitive. I think the biggest difference is that it will be a little more laid back.
"It will also be our first race as a one-day show. We'll practice in the morning, have qualifying that afternoon and racing at night. You really have to have your stuff together from the time you unload to be good because you don't have that much time to work on it. That's what gets me excited about being at Billy Ballew Motorsports. All their preparation and hard work really pays off and it shows when we show up at the race track."