Almirola Looks To Put Exclamation Point on Streak Aims for 'W' at Phoenix Among 12 Straight Top-10s MOORESVILLE, N.C. (November 9, 2010) - The No. 51 Billy Ballew Motorsports (BBM) team has been a picture of consistency this season. With...
Almirola Looks To Put Exclamation Point on Streak
Aims for 'W' at Phoenix Among 12 Straight Top-10s
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (November 9, 2010) - The No. 51 Billy Ballew Motorsports (BBM) team has been a picture of consistency this season. With driver Aric Almirola at the helm, the team has scored 11 consecutive top-10 finishes that date back to Pocono Raceway in July. Throughout the streak, Almirola has scored six top-fives and finished in the runner-up spot twice. He aims to add an exclamation point to the streak in this week's Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR).
Based on BBM and Almirola's past at the "Desert Jewel," PIR seems to be a perfect venue for the team to capture its third win of 2010. The No. 51 team has a near-perfect record at PIR. In its three previous events at the one-mile oval, the BBM squad has one win and two second-place finishes.
Almirola has two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events under his belt at PIR. He finished third last season driving the No. 15 BBM truck.
Almirola Comments on PIR and the No. 51 Team's Top-10 Streak
"Phoenix is a tricky race track. It has elements that make it seem like a short track, a road course and an intermediate track all wrapped into one configuration. There are cookie cutter tracks, then there's Phoenix. It's tight and cramped, almost like Martinsville. There' are five left turns and somehow it's still an oval track. It keeps you sawing on the wheel for the entire race. It can be really tough on your brakes, so you've got to keep that in mind and make sure that you're saving your equipment to be its best at the end.
"There's no such thing as the perfect setup for Phoenix. Its corners are so different that you'll never have a perfect balance on both sides of the track. As a driver, you have to approach each set of turns differently and adapt to the setup underneath you. It's a challenge and that's what makes it a lot of fun.
"We've had a streak of top-10 finishes dating back to Pocono. It's a testament to our team's hard work. The Truck Series is so competitive. On any given week, there are several teams capable of finishing inside the top-10. That's how stacked this series is. The streak is certainly something we should be proud of. We've been to short tracks, intermediate tracks and superspeedways during that streak. That says a lot about our consistency and our depth.
"The only thing we're missing in our streak is a win and hopefully we'll take care of that this weekend at Phoenix. This team has an awesome record there and has proven they can get the job done. We've knocked on the door a few times recently. We were close at Bristol and Talladega. This could definitely be the race that we pick up our third 'W' of 2010."