Almirola Heads to New Hampshire
September 13, 2010 | 7:35 P.M. EST
That is because, last season, Kyle Busch drove the Billy Ballew Motorsports-fielded Tundra to victory at NHMS. This year, driver Aric Almirola hopes to repeat the performance and give the team its third win of the 2010 season.
“We’ve got a really good baseline and package for New Hampshire," Almirola said. "We just did some testing to prepare for the race. It was a really good test session, so I’m really looking forward to the event. I think we’ll have a good run there. We tested at Gresham Motorsports Park in Georgia and learned a lot there. We all feel good heading to the track."
At tracks one mile in length or less in 2010, Almirola has scored three top-10 finishes in five starts, including a win at Dover International Speedway and a second-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway. He has several starts at New Hampshire including a top-10 in the Camping World Truck Series and a pair of top-25 finishes in the Sprint Cup Series.
“I love going to Loudon," Almirola said. "New Hampshire Motor Speedway is so much fun to race at. It’s really tough to get your truck to handle well there because the corners are so flat and so long. I think you spend more time in the corners than you do in the straightaways.
Almirola has scored six straight top-10 finishes in Truck Series competition, four of which were top-five finishes. He is currently second in the championship standings, 261 points behind leader Todd Bodine.
"Todd (Bodine)’s built up a good lead, but that doesn’t change our game plan," Almirola said. "We’ve got to go and keep trying to win races every single weekend. We can’t ride around and hope to get good finishes. We’ve got to win. That’s how you get the most points. Our focus every single weekend is to do everything in our power to win races."