Bristol II: Aric Almirola preview

Almirola Looking for Bristol Repeat BRISTOL, Tenn. (Aug. 19, 2008) -- Aric Almirola returns to the site of his greatest feat in his short and young career in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The 24-year-old rookie driver out of the Dale Earnhardt...

Almirola Looking for Bristol Repeat

BRISTOL, Tenn. (Aug. 19, 2008) -- Aric Almirola returns to the site of his greatest feat in his short and young career in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

The 24-year-old rookie driver out of the Dale Earnhardt Inc. stable will be at the controls of the No. 8 U.S. Army Chevrolet for Saturday night's race at Bristol Motor Speedway, where he finished eighth in March.

Almirola's flattering performance at the half-mile bullring, which was only his seventh career Cup start at the time, was best described following the race by the team's crew chief Tony Gibson.

"Awesome, just awesome," said Gibson. "Aric drove the wheels off that Army Chevrolet. We had a decent car, not a great one. But Aric drove both patiently and hard."

While his inspiring performance at one of the toughest tracks on the NASCAR circuit generated excitement for the No. 8 team, Almirola took it in stride.

"I had a good car with a lot of speed and didn't have to hustle it," Almirola said after the race.

Five months later Almirola is eager to return to Bristol.

"Bristol is my kind of track," noted Almirola, who shares the No. 8 ride with Mark Martin. "You bump, you grind and just battle for 500 grueling laps. It's a blast. If we keep it clean, I am confident the Army Chevrolet Impala SS will have another solid performance in honor of the brave Soldiers who are protecting our freedom."

Saturday's Sharpie 500 will mark Almirola's seventh Cup race of the season and the 13th of his career. His next event will be the following week (Aug. 31) at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. He is scheduled to drive in 12 Cup races this season.

-credit: dei

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Aric Almirola , Mark Martin