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Aric Almirola
Aric Almirola

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Aric Almirola No. 88 Hellmann’s Chevrolet

“We’re anxious to get back to the racetrack. We’ve been focusing on getting top-10s over the past couple weeks, and we’ve been successful with that. We’re only five races into the year and right now we’re fourth in points, which isn’t a bad place to be. There’s no denying we’ve got a lot of room for improvement, but we’ve had top-10 cars the past couple weeks, and that’s where we’ve finished. I think a top-five at Texas would be huge for us. Once we can start consistently getting top-fives, the wins will come. We just need to be patient and not beat ourselves. It’s a long season.

“Any time you race at a track at night that we’d typically race in the daytime, it changes our approach a little bit. It alters the typical characteristics we’re used to. Usually Texas gets really slick and greasy during the day, but at night it’s going to pick up a ton of speed and grip as it gets colder. It can be a handful, but I think it contributes to exciting racing.”

Josh Wise No. 7 TaxSlayer.com Chevrolet

“Racing at night is cool just because that’s what most of us are used to as we came up through the ranks. A lot of us started out racing on Friday and Saturday nights at local short tracks, so from that aspect it adds a different feel to the race than when we’re running on Saturday afternoons. For me, I grew up racing sprint cars, and I’ve spent many a Friday night at the racetrack, and I always look forward to seeing a night race on the schedule.

we just need to do a better job of maintaining a spot up front through the race.

Josh Wise

“Our TaxSlayer.com team is definitely ready for Texas. We were frustrated with our finish at California, but I think that’s motivation to come out even better this weekend. The No. 7 team had some strong qualifying runs at mile-and-a-half tracks last year. It’s good to know we can qualify up front, we just need to do a better job of maintaining a spot up front through the race.”

On his first turkey hunting experience last weekend with the folks from TaxSlayer.com “Oh man, it was really cool. I’ve never had the opportunity to go hunting before. In fact, I’d never used a firearm until last week. So when our friends from TaxSlayer invited me and Tony Jr. down to Georgia for a weekend hunting trip, I jumped at the opportunity. I wasn’t able to get a turkey, but it was a great experience all around. I can see how people can get so involved and passionate about hunting. I know one thing, if I decided to take it up as a hobby, Tony Jr. is one of the best guys I can learn from. He really knows his stuff when it comes to hunting. If he wasn’t in racing I’m pretty sure he could be a hunting guide or something.”

-source: jr motorsports

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Drivers Josh Wise , Aric Almirola
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