Phoenix II: JR Motorsports preview

Aric Almirola No. 88 GT Vodka Chevrolet "One of the coolest aspects about Phoenix is that it's a mile track, but it races like a short track. Most everyone in this series grew up racing short tracks, so it will be familiar territory. You'll see...

Aric Almirola No. 88 GT Vodka Chevrolet
"One of the coolest aspects about Phoenix is that it's a mile track, but it races like a short track. Most everyone in this series grew up racing short tracks, so it will be familiar territory. You'll see some close-quarters racing and it can get pretty dicey at times because the track gets slick.

"I'll take any chance I can to race, so I'm grateful to be running triple duty through the end of the year. But I'm still focused on helping Pops (Eury Sr.) and this GT Vodka team prepare for a championship run next season, so we need to do our best to make that a reality this weekend and next."

Danica Patrick No. 7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet
"I remember at Charlotte last month everyone was thrilled to be racing close to home. Now I get my turn for a hometown race. It will be nice to sleep in my own bed. I'm excited for that. It's going to be a lot of fun to race this close to home at Phoenix. It's a place I thought was cool in an Indy Car, and I'm sure it will be a handful in a stock car. I think Phoenix is a great track. It's challenging, and I'm sure it will be even more so in a stock car with less grip.

"Our Go Daddy team has two more chances to get a top-15 finish this season. That still is something I'm aiming for. Our team is certainly good enough, now it's a battle of staying out of trouble. We failed to do that last weekend at Texas, and it put us a ways behind. Everyone says Phoenix is similar to a short track, which certainly is area I need to work on. I'm looking forward to getting onto the track this weekend."

-source: jrm

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Aric Almirola , Danica Patrick
Teams JR Motorsports