JR Motorsports — NNS Las Vegas Preview

JR MOTORSPORTS TEAM PREVIEW   No. 88 TaxSlayer.com Chevrolet / No. 7 Go Daddy Chevrolet

EVENT – Sam’s Town 300 (200 laps / 300 miles)

TRACK – Las Vegas Motor Speedway (1.5-mile tri-oval)

American Muscle

DATE – Saturday, March 5, 2011

TV / RADIO – ABC (coverage begins at 3 p.m. EST) / PRN (broadcast begins at 2:30 p.m. EST)  

Aric Almirola No. 88 TaxSlayer Chevrolet

“It’s been an unfortunate couple of weeks for our TaxSlayer.com team. I’m anxious to get to Las Vegas, where I’m hopeful we can turn this thing around and get back to the business of competing for a championship. I’ve said all along that’s what we’re here to do, and we’ve gotten behind the eight ball a little bit. We’re as good as any team in this garage.”

“Vegas is not only a great destination for a race, but it’s a fun track to drive. The variable banking gives you options on what line to work around the track. There are also some bumps getting into the corner that can affect the car’s stability, so it’s a place where you’ve got to remain focused.”

Danica Patrick No. 7 Go Daddy Chevrolet

“Phoenix was a tough one, that’s for sure. But you know what, we were able to come out of there with the car in one piece, and we put together another improved race with the Go Daddy car. That’s what this year is really going to be about, seeing continued improvements.

“Now it’s off to Las Vegas and I just want to try to keep things moving forward. I specifically remember the trouble we ran into in Vegas last year with lapped traffic. It was one of those deals where I was still so new to this type of racing that we got mixed up in something, which could have easily been avoided. I want to make sure we can avoid that type of trouble and just have another decent day with the Go Daddy team.”


VEGAS BREAKTHROUGH – JR Motorsports’ first victory as a company came in Nationwide Series competition at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with Mark Martin on March 1, 2008. After qualifying 17th, Martin led 12 laps en route to his 48th career victory. JRM has two top-fives and three top-10 finishes in eight starts there. 

TEAM JRM POINTS POSITION – Patrick and the Go Daddy team are currently ranked fourth (-20) in the driver point standings. Aric Almirola is ranked sixth (-22) in driver points.   ALMIROLA AT VEGAS – Almirola has three starts in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competition at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, earning three top-10 finishes. He has averaged a finish of 8.0 and led four laps. Almirola also owns three starts at the Sprint Cup level at the 1.5-mile facility. 

PATRICK AT VEGAS –This marks Patrick’s second Nationwide Series start at Las Vegas. Last spring she started 37, and finished 36th, after a crash 86 laps into the event.   DANICA’S 2011 NNS SCHEDULE – Patrick will compete in 12 Nationwide Series races in 2011, including the next two events at Las Vegas and Bristol. The remainder of her schedule features races at Chicagoland Speedway (June 4), Daytona International Speedway (July 1), Circuit Gilles Villeneuve (Aug. 20), Richmond International Raceway (Sept. 9), Kansas Speedway (Oct. 8), Texas Motor Speedway (Nov. 5), Phoenix International Raceway (Nov. 12), and Homestead-Miami Speedway (Nov. 19). GoDaddy.com will sponsor 11 of Patrick’s 12 races with Tissot returning as a primary sponsor for the Chicagoland event.   NEW JRM RACING WEBSITE–JRMracing.com is the digital home of the JR Motorsports NASCAR Nationwide Series race teams. Visit it for more information about the company, its history, and drivers, including Aric Almirola, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Danica Patrick and Josh Wise. Watch exclusive video content, including pre and post race reports with drivers and crew.

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