Almirola Looks to Rebound, Make History at Pocono Aiming to Take Win in First Truck Race at Pocono Raceway MOORESVILLE, N.C. (July 26, 2010) - This weekend, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) will venture to Pocono Raceway for ...
Almirola Looks to Rebound, Make History at Pocono
Aiming to Take Win in First Truck Race at Pocono Raceway
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (July 26, 2010) - This weekend, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) will venture to Pocono Raceway for the inaugural running of the Pocono Mountains 125 on Saturday, July 30. Although NASCAR has been competing at the 2.5-mile "Tricky Triangle" for the past 36 years, this will be the first NCWTS event at the facility.
The No. 51 Zyclara by Graceway Pharmaceuticals Toyota team, along with driver Aric Almirola, is excited about the new addition to the schedule and the potential to earn a "unique honor." Almirola has one previous start at the Pocono Raceway, an ARCA start in 2008 when he started third, but did not finish after his car had transmission problems. He did lead for 10 laps in that event.
Almirola and the Zyclara by Graceway Pharmaceuticals Toyota team are currently second in NCWTS championship standings, 177 points behind Todd Bodine. The team, with two wins this season, is looking to rebound from two consecutive weeks of misfortune.
Almirola Comments on The Pocono Mountains 125: "This is going to be a special race for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Winning it would be a chance to really achieve something special. Only one driver is going to be able to say they won the first-ever truck race at Pocono, so there's going to be a lot on the line. It would be a unique honor in a series and a track with such a rich history.
"Pocono is going to be interesting. I don't think anyone knows what to expect yet. We just don't know what to prepare for. We have an idea based on our intermediate track races what setup package we're going to use, but until we get there and unload our Graceway Zyclara Tundra, we just don't know what we're in store for.
"We're bringing chassis No. 11. It's a great chassis. We've won twice this year with it (Dover and Michigan). Hopefully we'll get back to victory lane with it again this weekend.
"Last week didn't go how we expected. We were caught up in a wreck and our day ended early. We're still second in points. The next few tracks we have on our schedule are ones that we feel confident about and think we can make up a lot of ground. There are still 13 events until the season ends and we aren't going to quit trying to win races until then."