Iowa: Almirola post race interview

ARIC ALMIROLA , No. 15 Graceway Pharmaceuticals Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports Finishing Position: 2nd Can you talk about your run tonight? "It was a weird night. We weren't very good either in practice yesterday and my guys worked...

ARIC ALMIROLA , No. 15 Graceway Pharmaceuticals Toyota Tundra, Billy Ballew Motorsports
Finishing Position: 2nd

Can you talk about your run tonight?

"It was a weird night. We weren't very good either in practice yesterday and my guys worked really, really hard. They were dirty from head to toe, covered in grease and everything else yesterday. We changed everything but the driver and just couldn't find any speed. We went pretty much back to how we unloaded and fired off today and we were really good. Not really sure what we were fighting there yesterday but our Graceway Pharmaceuticals Toyota was real good today. We struggled a little bit in the pits tonight but thankfully enough this tire was hard enough that we could take two tires there at the end and we held on for second."

How does it feel to earn your career best finish in this series?

"It feels good. I've run in the truck series quite a bit and to not get any better finishes than this is obviously a little disappointing. To be able to come home second, and that is a career best, I'm proud of that. I'm proud of all my guys and I'm proud of Billy Ballew Motorsports. It seems like we've run really well. We've run top-five I think six or seven of the last eight or nine races that we've run. We're always up front. We're always running good. It's a lot of fun and I enjoy racing when you can race like that. I want to thank Billy Ballew a lot for the opportunity that he's given me. Man, we're just so close and if we keep running like this and if we keep putting ourselves in contention to win races and we can see the front eventually it will happen."

How were your pit stops tonight?

"Our first stop was pretty bad and we just lost so much track position. I knew we had to get it back. I told Doug (George, crew chief) we had to get it back somehow, someway so we took two tires. That was a great call on Doug's (George, crew chief) part to get us back up there. I just want to thank Graceway Pharmaceuticals for coming back onboard this weekend. Billy Ballew (team owner) is just trying everything he can to get this race truck to the race track every single weekend and Graceway Pharmaceuticals stepped up big for us. I just want to thank them and thank these fans. What an awesome race track and the fans here are just awesome and so enthusiastic."

Did you think you had a shot to pass Mike Skinner on the final restart?

"No. Obviously the thought crosses your mind. You don't ever give up on yourself or your race team. So anytime you're running second with five to go you'd think that you'd like to have a shot to win the race, but man (Mike) Skinner was unbelievable tonight. His truck was really good. It turned really good. He had good forward bite and our truck just wasn't good enough to do that. If we made it turn good, it would turn too good. And if we snugged it up it wouldn't turn good enough. We really were on a razorblade tonight as far as trying to get our truck to handle the way we wanted it to. It would just go from loose to tight and we could never get a happy medium."

-credit: Toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Mike Skinner