Aric Almirola Rebounds to Score Top-20 Finish at Martinsville Driver of the No. 75 Spears Manufacturing Silverado Experiences Up and Down Day in Kroger 250 Martinsville, VA - Aric Almirola started 16th and finished 18th in the Kroger 250...
Aric Almirola Rebounds to Score Top-20 Finish at Martinsville
Driver of the No. 75 Spears Manufacturing Silverado Experiences Up and Down Day in Kroger 250
Martinsville, VA - Aric Almirola started 16th and finished 18th in the Kroger 250 for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series at Martinsville Speedway. A reasonable start and finish for the rookie in the No. 75 Spears Manufacturing Silverado at one of the toughest tracks on the circuit.
However, the finish is not an accurate indicator of the adversity the Tampa, FL native overcame to rebound for his top-20 finish.
"We had a pretty tight truck at the start of the race," Almirola explained. "We dropped back in the order. But Dave (McCarty, crew chief) and the guys went to work and made some adjustments that got us quite a bit better by the middle of the race."
After dropping back to 23rd in the running order following the start of the race, Almirola had worked his way up to 14th on a track that doesn't allow much room for passing. Almirola continued to run consistently in the group of trucks battling for positions 12th through 18th as pit stops slightly shuffled the order.
On lap 197, Almirola was tapped from behind and spun, bringing out the 14th of the record 16 caution periods. The incident sent him back to 29th at the restart as the laps began to wind down.
"Yeah, typical Martinsville," Almirola concluded. "You know, we had a decent truck today, probably top-12 or 13 finishing Silverado, but just got wrecked. We got all the way from 29th back up to 18th before we ran out of laps, and that's about all we got out of it today."
Almirola is "on loan" to the Spears Manufacturing Silverado team from Joe Gibbs Racing where he is under a driver development contract.
The next race for the Craftsman Truck Series is April 29 at Gateway International Raceway, just east of St. Louis, MO. Practice for the Ram Tough 200 will begin at 9:00 a.m. CDT with three sessions continuing through Noon. Qualifying is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. and the 160-lap, 200-mile race will take the green flat at 7:15 p.m. SPEED Channel, MRN Radio and XM Satellite Radio will provide live coverage.