JR MOTORSPORTS TEAM PREVIEW
No. 88 GT Vodka Chevrolet/No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet
EVENT – Virginia 529 College Savings 250 (250 laps / 187.5 miles)
TRACK – Richmond International Raceway (.75-mile D-shaped oval)
DATE – Friday, Sept. 10, 2010
TV / RADIO – ESPN2 (coverage begins at 7 p.m. EST) / MRN (broadcast begins at 7:15 p.m. EST)
No. 88 GT Vodka Chevrolet
“I’m really thankful to be back with GT Vodka and JR Motorsports at Richmond. The GT Vodka Chevrolet is a great looking car, and it’s always a thrill to race at Richmond because it’s so close to home for me. I’ve been coming to this track for a long, long time; ever since I was a teenager. A lot of my kinfolk still have seats on the top row over looking the start/finish line, so I really want to have a good run on Friday night.
“I’m fully expecting to run well this weekend, especially with all the momentum that the No. 88 team is bringing into this race after their win from last week. I was thrilled to see Pops (Eury Sr.), Jamie and that whole team get a win. I can attest first hand to how hard that team has been working this year, and it’s great to see them rewarded for their efforts.”
No. 7 JRM Chevrolet
“Everyone is excited to get a jump on next season. I’ve ran the No. 88 with Pops before, but this is my first opportunity to run in the No. 7 car with Tony (Eury) Jr. Although I’ll be with the 88 team next year, this is a great chance to get more familiar with the entire JRM team, and how the whole organization operates.
“Richmond offers some great short track racing. You can be it’ll be an exciting race for both the drivers and the fans. We want to set realistic goals for this weekend, and knowing the type of preparation and where the 7 car is capable of running, I’m not going to be happy with anything short of a top-10 run.”
JR MOTORSPORTS NOTEBOOK –
JRM CELEBRATES FIRST WIN OF 2010 – JR Motorsports secured its first win of 2010 at Atlanta Motor Speedway last weekend with Jamie McMurray and the No. 88 Hellmann’s Chevrolet. JRM did partner with RCR in fielding the winning No. 3 Wrangler Chevrolet at Daytona earlier this year, but Atlanta was the first solo win for the team. McMurray led three times for 48 laps – a season high – and took the lead for the final time on lap 173 of the 195-lap race. It marked the ninth overall win for JRM and first for the No. 88 team since Memphis in 2009. The 88 team now has at least one win in each of the last three Nationwide Series seasons, dating back to 2008. The finish was McMurray’s eighth career win in the Nationwide Series and first since Darlington in 2004.
HOME TRACK – Elliott Sadler’s third race for JR Motorsports will come at his home track of Richmond International Raceway on Friday evening. Sadler is a native of Emporia, Va., located an hour south of Richmond, and owns top-five and three top-10 finishes at the facility in the NNS. In 14 starts Sadler has led 34 laps, and earned an average finish of 18.9. He finished 19th in his most recent start at the track, driving for Gillett Evernham Motorsports in the fall of 2008.
HEAD START ON 2011 – Aric Almirola will make his second start with JR Motorsports this weekend but his first since the team announced he will drive the No. 88 Chevrolet full time starting in 2011. The 26-year-old has a previous run in the No. 88 Chevrolet, but this marks his first race driving the No. 7 Chevrolet with crew chief Tony Eury Jr. Almirola owns two NNS starts at RIR with a best finish of 18th.
SADLER WITH JRM – With Sadler behind the wheel of the No. 88 GT Vodka Chevrolet the team has respective finishes of 13th and seventh at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Michigan International Speedway. Sadler has led laps in each of those two starts with JRM.
ALMIROLA WITH JRM – Almirola’s initial stint for JRM took place on July 24 at O’Reilly Raceway Park. He started the Kroger 200 in sixth position, led one lap, ran among the top-five all night, and finished third in his debut in the No. 88 GT Vodka Chevrolet.
GT VODKA AUTOGRAPH SESSION – Fans are welcome to greetJR Motorsports driver Aric Almirola at an open autograph session on behalf of GT Vodka on Thursday, Sept. 9 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the ABC store located on 4320-D South Laburnum Ave. in Richmond, Va. The No. 88 GT Vodka Chevrolet show car will also be on site from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
SEASON UPDATE FOR GT VODKA SQUAD – After last week’s victory at Atlanta, the No. 88 GT Vodka team has one win, seven top-fives and 12 top-10 finishes in 2010. They’ve also led 82 laps on the year. Aric Almirola, Steve Arpin, Kelly Bires, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Ron Fellows, Jamie McMurray, Elliott Sadler and Greg Sacks are all drivers that have shared in the team’s success.
SEASON UPDATE NO. 7 TEAM – The No. 7 team has notched six top-10 finishes on the season and led 39 laps. Steve Arpin, Landon Cassill, J.R. Fitzpatrick, Danica Patrick, Josh Wise and Scott Wimmer have all rotated driving duties of the No. 7 this season. The driving tandem of Arpin, Fitzpatrick, Wimmer and Wise earned the team’s six top-10s.
TEAM POINTS POSITION – The No. 88 GT Vodka team are ranked seventh in the 2010 owner points after its victory at Atlanta. The No. 7 team lost one position and is 17th in owner points.
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