Iowa Speedway Race Report

August 7, 2011

JR MOTORSPORTS RACE REPORT: Iowa

Wise and Almirola Race to a Pair of Top-Five Finishes Under the Lights

NEWTON, Iowa (Aug. 6, 2011) – JR Motorsports did everything right in Saturday night’s U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway, capping the night with top-five finishes from both teams.  Josh Wise scored a career-best fourth-place finish in the No. 7 iRacing.com Chevrolet after steadily moving through the field and holding his ground.  Aric Almirola followed right behind him in fifth.  It was the No. 88 Ragu team’s fourth consecutive top-five finish.  Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won his second race at Iowa Speedway in breathtaking fashion.  His engine expired as he approached the checkered flag, and he went crashing across the finish line after runner-up finisher and teammate Carl Edwards couldn’t avoid him.  Elliott Sadler finished third in front of the JR Motorsports drivers.

No. 7 iRacing.com Chevrolet Key Moments

Start – 18th / Finish – 4th / Laps Led – 0 / Points – 40 / Owner Point Standings – 12th

Starting 18th, Wise’s big gain in the early stages came when crew chief Tony Eury Jr. elected not to pit under caution on lap 49.  The bid for track position propelled Wise from 22nd to seventh.

Wise maintained a spot in the top-10 over the next 100 laps and climbed to sixth before debris brought out a caution on lap 154.  Eury Jr. called the No. 7 iRacing.com Chevrolet to pit road for four tires and fuel.  A quick stop by the crew put Wise in fourth-place for the ensuing restart.

Wise fell as low as eighth as a green-flag run stretched the field out, but he clawed his way back to fifth prior to the final caution on lap 220.  Making quick work of David Mayhew in the No. 33 after the restart, Wise slid into fourth place and solidly held the position until the checkered flag fell.

“What a great race for our iRacing.com team,” Wise said.  “I’m so grateful to everyone at JR Motorsports, iRacing, TaxSlayer and all our partners.  I had a blast out there tonight.  We were legitimate contenders all night, and that is something our team can be really proud of.”

The Riverside. Calif. native’s fourth-place effort also makes him eligible for round three of Nationwide Insurance’s “Dash 4 Cash” Series, which awards $100,000 to the highest finishing NNS regular qualified for the program at the Richmond event in September. Wise joins Reed Sorenson, Elliott Sadler and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. as eligible drivers for the third round of the “Dash 4 Cash” Series.

Additionally, the finish is Wise’s career-best showing in 21 starts for JR Motorsports.  He joins JRM drivers Ron Fellows, Kasey Kahne and Danica Patrick as drivers to earn a top-five finish in the No. 7 Chevrolet this season.

No. 88 Ragu Chevrolet Key Moments

Start – 11th / Finish – 5th / Laps Led – 0 / Points – 39 / Driver Point Standings – 4th

Sporting the bright colors of Ragu on the No. 88 Chevrolet, Almirola broke into the top-10 by the lap-49 caution.  Wrestling with a condition that made his car tight in the middle of the corner, crew chief Tony Eury Sr. made several calls through the team’s pit stops to remedy the handling of Almirola’s machine.  By the third caution on lap 101, the team ran in eighth.

Almirola continued a climb to the front over the next 52 laps, gaining four spots and positioning himself in fourth.  The Ragu Chevrolet came to pit road after a debris caution slowed the field on lap 154.  Eury Sr. called for four tires and fuel, but a loose lug nut brought the team back down pit road.  The error caused the Ragu Chevrolet to line up in 16th for the lap-160 restart.

The team was determined to work its way back toward the front.  When the green-flag dropped, Almirola went to work on the competition, racing to 10th in only 24 laps.  Another caution on lap 185 allowed the Ragu team to make the call for a two-tire pit stop.  The move gained the No. 88 six positions in the pits and put Almirola in fourth for restart.  He wheeled the Ragu Chevrolet to second on the restart, but then gave way to competitors with four tires and dropped to sixth.  Before the checkered flag fell, Almirola picked up one final position to finish the night in fifth.

“Our Ragu Chevrolet was fast tonight,” Almirola said.  “It feels good to come out of here with another top-five.  That gives us four top-fives in a row.  We’ve got the ball rolling here at JRM.  We just need to keep our heads down and keep at it.  The guys have a lot to be proud of right now.”

Next Up for JR Motorsports:
Event: Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International
Date: Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011
TV/Radio: ESPN (coverage begins at 2 p.m. EST) / MRN (broadcast begins at 1:30 p.m. EST)
JRM Entries: No.  88 Ragu Chevrolet (Aric Almirola), No. 5 Canadian Tire Chevrolet (Ron Fellows),
No. 7 Jimmie Johnson’s Anything with an Engine Chevrolet (Jimmie Johnson)

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Iowa Speedway Preview

August 2, 2011

JR MOTORSPORTS TEAM PREVIEW
No. 88 Ragu Chevrolet / No. 7 iRacing.com Chevrolet

EVENT – U.S Cellular 250 (250 laps / 218.75 miles)
TRACK – Iowa Speedway (.875-mile oval)
DATE – Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011
TV / RADIO – ESPN2 (coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. EST) / MRN (broadcast begins at 7 p.m. EST)

Aric Almirola
No. 88 Ragu Chevrolet
“Right now our Ragu team is having a lot of fun. We’ve been unloading at the racetrack with strong cars, and we’ve made a lot of gains over the past few races. Pops (Eury Sr., crew chief) has made some great calls on top of the pit box and that’s helped us finish well. Anytime you can get positive momentum going for your team, you want to keep riding it as long as possible.

“Iowa wasn’t good to us when we were out there in the spring. We ran in the top-five for a time, but after the final restart that long green-flag run really hurt us. It seemed like we had a good car for the short run. It just didn’t play out the way we needed it to.”

Josh Wise
No. 7 iRacing.com Chevrolet
“Iowa is a great little short track that I really enjoy. The last race there was problematic for our iRacing.com team. I think we ran something like the first 20 laps before we had brake problems that brought us to pit road for repairs. We were behind the eight ball from the very beginning. Luckily, it happened early enough that the guys fixed it and we were able to get back out there and log laps.

“This is going to be my last race in the 7 car for a couple of weeks and it would mean a lot to me to help get these guys a finish they deserve.”

JR MOTORSPORTS NOTEBOOK –

RAGU RETURNS – The red and yellow paint scheme of Ragu makes its return to the racetrack at Iowa Speedway on board Aric Almirola’s No. 88 Chevrolet. This marks the second of four races for the brand in 2011. It joins Hellmann’s, Degree and Suave Men as Unilever brands to have primary paint schemes with JRM this season. The No. 88 Chevrolet will also carry the Ragu brand at Watkins Glen International (Aug. 13) and Dover International Speedway (Oct. 1).

SECOND OF TWO FOR IRACING.COM – Wise’s No. 7 Chevrolet will race under iRacing.com colors for the second time in as many races at Iowa Speedway this weekend. Iracing.com, an online racing simulator, is celebrating a new software release titled iRacing 2.0. This long awaited release will add many user enhancements and features to the popular multi-player racing title.

2009 WINNERS – The Tony Eury Sr.-led No. 88 team won the inaugural Nationwide Series race at Iowa Speedway in 2009. The team started 11th and led 121 of 250 laps en route to its second of four victories during the 2009 season.

ALMIROLA’S POINTS UPDATE – Almirola has totaled 118 points over the past three weeks of competition, giving him the second most points of any Nationwide Series regular in that time. Currently he is ranked fifth (-69) in the championship hunt, 18 points behind fourth place Justin Allgaier and 25 points ahead of sixth place Jason Leffler.

WISE UPDATE – Wise holds two previous Nationwide Series start at Iowa in the No. 7 car, with a best finish of 11th in 2010. The 28-year-old native of Riverside, Calif. is currently 14th in driver points but has raced in only 19 of the 21 Nationwide Series events to date in 2011.

ALMIROLA AT IOWA – Almirola owns two starts in the Nationwide Series at Iowa. He also has two starts in the Camping World Truck Series with a best finish of 2nd (2009). Additionally, he has never qualified outside the top-10 in two truck starts at Iowa.

NO. 88 SEASON STATS – The No. 88 team owns four top-five and 11 top-10 finishes this season.  The team is ranked ninth in owner points.

NO. 7 SEASON STATS – The No. 7 team holds four top-five and nine top-10 finishes in 2011. The team occupies 12th position in owner points.

JRM AUTOGRAPH SIGNINGS – Fans have two opportunities to meet JR Motorsports drivers Aric Almirola and Josh Wise at Iowa Speedway this weekend. The pair will sign autographs at the Nationwide Series autograph session behind the Manatt Grandstands on Saturday, Aug. 6, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. CST. Then from 4:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. CST the teammates will sign at the JR Nation merchandise hauler in the fan concourse area.

BUY FOUR TICKETS GET ONE FREE FOR WIN DALE JR.’S RIDE CONTEST – August is the final month to enter for a chance to win the keys to Dale Jr.’s Camaro. The Dale Jr. Foundation is giving fans the opportunity to win one of three prizes with the purchase of a $25 raffle ticket, including a shot at Earnhardt Jr.’s own 2011 Chevrolet Camaro. As a special incentive this month, if fans buy four raffle tickets, they’ll get a fifth free. The contest will run through Sept. 1, 2011, with all proceeds benefitting The Dale Jr. Foundation. For complete details visit www.windalejrsride.com.

WATCH JRM RACING.COM’s VIDEO SERIES – In a continued effort to be at the forefront of web-based content through its website www.jrmracing.com, the team has added a multitude of videos into its video gallery. Click here to view race preview videos, the “JRM 360” series and more. 

MEDIA CONTACT:
Heath White, JR Motorsports/ Public Relations
704.799.4825
heath@dalejr.com

 

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Lucas Oil Raceway Race Report

July 31, 2011

JR MOTORSPORTS RACE REPORT: Lucas Oil Raceway

Almirola and GT Vodka Team Continue Top-Five Streak

Wise Debuts iRacing.com Chevy with a Top-20 Finish

INDIANAPOLIS (July 30, 2011) – Aric Almirola and the No. 88 GT Vodka team scored its third consecutive top-five finish, cruising to fourth place in the NASCAR Nationwide Series’ Kroger 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway.  It was the one-year anniversary of Almirola’s debut with JR Motorsports in which he finished third in this race in 2010.  Almirola made a hard charge toward the front following a green-white-checkered restart, going from fifth to fourth on the white-flag lap and holding off Carl Edwards in a drag race to the checkered flag.  Josh Wise finished 19th in the No. 7 iRacing.com Chevrolet to complete the JR Motorsports weekend.  Brad Keselowski wrestled the lead away from Ricky Stenhouse Jr. with seven laps to go and held on to score his first victory at Lucas Oil Raceway.  James Buescher, Stenhouse Jr., Almirola and Carl Edwards rounded out the top-five finishers.

No. 88 GT Vodka Chevrolet Key Moments

Start – 13th / Finish – 4th / Laps Led – 0 / Points – 40 / Driver Point Standings – 5th

Almirola and the No. 88 GT Vodka team spent the majority of the night looking to get more forward drive out of their machine.  With corner exit speed critical at the .686-mile shortrack, the crew utilized three pit stops over the course of the race to help Almirola get the necessary drive off the corner.

The team raced its way into the top-10 by the first caution on lap 49.  Almirola continued to hold a spot inside the top-10 until a three-car accident on lap 177 brought out the red flag.  While under red-flag conditions, Almirola and crew chief “Pops” Eury discussed whether to pit for two or four tires when the team eventually came to pit road.  The duo decided on a four-tire stop, knowing the fresh rubber would be imperative if competitors took two tires.

“Four tires was definitely the right call,” Almirola later said.  “We all saw what happened to the guys that took two tires in the truck race Friday night.  Two tires seemed like it might work out, but in our gut we knew it had to be four.”

Coming off pit road after the team’s four-tire stop, several competitors were penalized for pit road infractions, propelling Almirola into ninth place for the restart on lap 183.  With two laps to go, Almirola had advanced to sixth and was amidst a battle for a position inside the top-five, when the No. 2 of Elliott Sadler broke loose and spun directly in front of the GT Vodka Chevrolet.  Almirola quickly dodged to the high line, narrowly avoiding contact with the No. 2.  The heads-up move had the No. 88 lining up in fifth for the green-white-checkered restart.  Following the restart, Almirola improved a position and crossed the finish line in fourth place.

“We worked really hard for this finish tonight,” Almirola said.  “Pops made some great adjustments during the race and made our GT Vodka Chevrolet a lot better.  We had good pit stops all night.  This gives us three top-fives in a row, so we’ve got some momentum on our side.  This is a lot of fun.”

No. 7 iRacing.com Chevrolet Key Moments

Start – 20th / Finish – 19th / Laps Led – 0 / Points – 25 / Owner Point Standings – 12th

After two solid practice sessions on Saturday morning, the No. 7 iRacing.com team had a well-balanced race car for the 200-lap race.  But a 20th-place starting spot put Wise amongst mid-pack traffic that struggled to keep pace with the front runners.  Once mired in traffic, the team’s biggest issue was a tight condition, which led them to give way to the leaders by lap 40.

“It surprised me,” Wise said after the race.  “We ended practice with a good balance, but once the race started it was tough for us.  When you get stuck in mid-pack traffic, especially at a track this small, there’s not a whole lot you can do.”

Always searching for an edge on the competition, crew chief Tony Eury Jr. was looking for a well-timed caution for the potential to gain track position.  But on a rare night that saw only five cautions, the strategy did not pan out.

Wise took the final green-white-checkered restart in 20th and managed to wrestle a position away from the No. 81 of Blake Koch to finish 19th.

“No one on this iRacing.com team expected to come into Lucas Oil Raceway and run like this,” Wise said.  “This is one of my favorite tracks, and I’ve logged a ton of laps here.  Things just didn’t fall our way tonight.  Now, we’ll look ahead to next week at Iowa.  We have a lot to go off of from our first trip out there, so I’m hoping we can turn it around next week.”

Next Up for JR Motorsports:
Event: U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway
Date: Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011
TV/Radio: ESPN2 (coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. EST) / MRN (broadcast begins at 7 p.m. EST)
JRM Entries: No.  88 Ragu Chevrolet (Aric Almirola), No. 7 iRacing Chevrolet (Josh Wise)

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Lucas Oil Raceway Preview

July 27, 2011

JR MOTORSPORTS TEAM PREVIEW

No. 88 GT Vodka Chevrolet / No. 7 iRacing.com Chevrolet

EVENT – 30th Annual Kroger 200 (200 laps / 137 miles)

TRACK – Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis (.686-mile oval)

DATE – Saturday, July 30, 2011

TV / RADIO – ESPN2 (coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. EST) / MRN (broadcast begins at 7:30 p.m. EST)

Aric Almirola

No. 88 GT Vodka Chevrolet

“It doesn’t seem like it’s been a year since I joined JRM. Time flies when you’re racing most weekends. It’s been a lot of fun. We’ve had our challenges, but the past two weeks I feel our GT Vodka team has shown a lot of progress. Knowing we’re going in the right direction is a good feeling.

“This is by far one of my favorite tracks. I think a lot of us have a bittersweet feeling heading out there this year. It’s going to be cool to race at the big track next year, but the Nationwide Series has been racing at Lucas Oil Raceway for a very long time, and there is a lot of history tied to that track. I can’t describe what it would mean to win there. To have your name tied to such a historic place and go down as a NASCAR winner there would be huge for myself and JR Motorsports.”

Josh Wise

No. 7 iRacing.com Chevrolet

“This is going to be an exciting weekend at Lucas Oil Raceway. It’s such a fun racetrack. I think I’ve logged more laps there than any other track. I’ll be running the USAC Silver Crown race on Thursday night, in addition to the Nationwide race on Saturday, so I’m looking forward to getting up there and turning some laps.

“This week we have iRacing on the car. I’m a big supporter of online racing, and I spend a lot of time playing iRacing during the week. Hopefully we can go out there and earn a solid finish. Our team has been in position to score much better finishes than our results show. Tony (Eury) Jr. puts a lot of thought into pit strategy, and we just haven’t had things fall our way in the closing laps. We just need to shake off some of this bad luck and stay positive. Good finishes will come for our team.”

JR MOTORSPORTS NOTEBOOK –

ONE-YEAR MARK FOR ALMIROLA – This weekend’s race at Lucas Oil Raceway will mark Almirola’s one-year anniversary with JR Motorsports. Almirola joined the No. 88 GT Vodka team for this event last year, and after qualifying sixth he raced among the top-three for the bulk of the night en route to a third-place finish. The Tampa, Fla. native drove in seven more races in the organization’s flagship car last season and signed on to drive fulltime in 2011. During his tenure, Almirola has amassed four top-five and 14 top-10 finishes with JRM.

WISE RETURNS TO USAC ACTION – Prior to Saturday’s Kroger 200 Nationwide Series race, Wise returns to familiar territory on Thursday night in the USAC Series. He will compete in the USAC Silver Crown race at Lucas Oil Raceway in the No. 17 RW Motorsports entry, previously driven by Shane Hmeil. Hmeil will serve as Wise’s crew chief during the race. A veteran of the series, Wise is a five-time champion and winner of 34 events. In 1999 after securing his initial title, he became the youngest USAC champion at the age of 16.

FIRST OF TWO FOR IRACING.COM – Wise’s No. 7 Chevrolet will race under iRacing.com colors beginning this weekend at Lucas Oil Raceway and continuing next week at Iowa Speedway. Iracing.com, an online racing simulator, is celebrating a new software release titled iRacing 2.0. This long awaited release will add many user enhancements and features to the popular multi-player racing title.

SHORT TRACK SUCCESS – In eight starts at the .686-mile bull ring, JRM has earned two top-five and five top-10 finishes with four different drivers. The organization is averaging a finish of 10.6 at the track.

WISE UPDATE – Wise owns three starts at Lucas Oil Raceway with one top-five and one top-10 finish. It was the sight of his career-best Nationwide Series finish of fifth in 2008. He is averaging a finish of 13.3 at the facility. The 28-year-old native of Riverside, Calif. is currently 14th in driver points but has raced in only 18 of the 20 Nationwide Series events to date in 2011.

ALMIROLA’S LOOP DATA STATS – Almirola ranks among the top-five and the top-10 in the following NASCAR statistical services loop data stats, includes the past six races at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis: laps in the top-15 (second), fastest laps run (fourth), laps led (fourth), fastest on restarts (fifth), speed in traffic (fifth), fastest late in a run (sixth), green flag speed (sixth), driver rating of 104.2 (seventh), fastest early in a run (seventh) and average running position (10th).

ALMIROLA AT LOR – In four starts, Almirola secured one top-five and two top-10 finishes with one pole at Lucas Oil Raceway. He has also led 88 laps. After a pair of consecutive top-fives over the past two weeks of competition (New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Nashville Superspeedway), Almirola has cut into the championship gap by 17 points and is currently ranked fifth in driver points (-71).

CHASSIS INFO FOR 88 TEAM – The No. 88 crew will bring chassis no. 594 to Lucas Oil Raceway. Almirola raced to a fifth-place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with this chassis. It also raced at Iowa, Phoenix, Richmond and Road America.

NO. 88 SEASON STATS – The No. 88 team owns three top-five and 10 top-10 finishes this season.  The team is ranked ninth in owner points.

FIVE OF FIVE – All five drivers that have driven the No. 7 Chevrolet this year have scored top-10 finishes. The list encompasses an impressive cast of drivers, including Dale Earnhardt Jr., Ron Fellows, Kasey Kahne, Danica Patrick and Josh Wise.

CHASSIS INFO FOR THE 7 TEAM – The No. 7 team will unload chassis no. 621 this weekend. The team earned its second-best finish of the season (third) with it at New Hampshire Motor Speedway two weeks ago. It also previously raced at Bristol, Dover, Charlotte, Kentucky, Michigan and Phoenix.

NO. 7 SEASON STATS – The No. 7 team holds four top-five and nine top-10 finishes in 2011. The team occupies 11th position in owner points.

JRM AUTOGRAPH SIGNINGS – Aric Almirola and Josh Wise will sign autographs at the JR Nation merchandise hauler, located in the fan concourse area, on Saturday, July 30, from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. EST.

WIN DALE JR.’S RIDE – There is still time to win the keys to Dale Jr.’s Camaro. The Dale Jr. Foundation is giving fans the chance to win one of three prizes with the purchase of a $25 raffle ticket, including a shot at Earnhardt Jr.’s own 2011 Chevrolet Camaro. The contest will run through Sept. 1, 2011, with all proceeds benefitting The Dale Jr. Foundation. Additionally, the purchase of a Camaro raffle ticket also makes fans eligible for a number of other prizes, including Dale Jr. autographed memorabilia and a Dale Jr. tailgating tent during the month of July. For complete details visit www.windalejrsride.com.

WATCH THE “JRM 360” VIDEO SERIES – In a continued effort to be at the forefront of web-based content through its website www.jrmracing.com, the team has added a video series entitled “JRM 360”.  It’s a light-hearted look at the inner workings and extraordinary personalities at JRM’s shop in Mooresville, N.C.  A daily briefing column that gives fans the scoop on day-to-day activities at the shop is also part of the line-up this season.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Heath White, JR Motorsports/ Public Relations

704.799.4825  heath@dalejr.com

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Nashville Superspeedway Race Report

July 24, 2011

JR MOTORSPORTS RACE REPORT: Nashville

Almirola and Degree Men Team Earn Third Top-Five of 2011;

Wise and TaxSlayer.com Squad Notch Top-20 Finish

LEBANON, Tenn. (July 23, 2011) – The JR Motorsports teams of Aric Almirola and Josh Wise showcased impressive efforts in Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 300 at Nashville Superspeedway.  Sporting the familiar colors of Degree Men on the No. 88 Chevrolet, Almirola was a staple among the front runners for the duration of the race, capping the night with a fifth-place finish.  It was the team’s second consecutive top-five effort.  Josh Wise nearly drove the No. 7 TaxSlayer.com Chevrolet inside the top-10, but after falling a lap down, the team opted to earn the lap back by taking the wave around under caution in the later stages.  The strategy hinged on a late-race caution, but it never came as the team finished 20th.  Carl Edwards battled back from a pit-road speeding penalty and led three times for 124 laps to earn his fifth victory at Nashville.  Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Austin Dillon, Justin Allgaier and Almirola rounded out the top-five finishers.

No. 88 Degree Men Chevrolet Key Moments

Start – 12th / Finish – 5th / Laps Led – 0 / Points – 39 / Driver Point Standings – 5th

Starting the 225-lap event in the 12th position, Almirola needed only 12 laps to crack the top-10.  After settling comfortably into the top-10 with the Degree Men Chevrolet, he worked as high as sixth before green-flag pit stops began on lap 53.  On lap 60, Almirola brought the No. 88 to pit road for four tires and fuel. The Degree Men crew managed a quick stop, earning Almirola an extra position on the racetrack and a position in the top five.

A caution slowed the field on lap 83 and brought the No. 88, scored in sixth, to the attention of the crew for a second time.  Again the Degree Men team gained Almirola two spots on pit road.  He lined up for the restart in fourth.

Almirola ran in the fifth position, before the team’s final pit stop on lap 178.  Continuing the trend they’d been setting all night, the crew gained the No. 88 two positions in the pits.  Almirola emerged back onto the racing surface in third place for the ensuing restart on lap 183. Once the field rumbled to life, Almirola held his own with the leaders, but with clean air becoming critical, he was forced to give up two spots.  When the checkered flag fell, Almirola was scored in fifth.

“What a great effort by our Degree Men team and everyone at JR Motorsports,” Almirola told reporters after the race. “Another solid top-five.  We need to keep this up.  I don’t want to say we’ve got the monkey off our back yet, but things are heading in the right direction for the No. 88 team.  I’m proud of that.”

The finish gives the No. 88 team its third top-five finish of 2011 and second in a row.  Additionally, Almirola has never finished worse than 10th in the four races on concrete surfaces (Bristol, Dover and Nashville) this season, and is averaging a finish of 8.5 at those facilities in 2011.

No. 7 TaxSlayer.com Chevrolet Key Moments

Start – 20th / Finish – 20th / Laps Led – 0 / Points – 24 / Owner Point Standings – 11th

Making his first start in the No. 7 TaxSlayer.com Chevrolet since last month, Wise began his race in 20th.  He climbed into the 14th position before coming to pit road during the first round of green-flag pit stops on lap 57.

Wise diagnosed a tight condition on the No. 7 machine, but still managed to work into the 12th position by the 77th circuit.  Hampered in traffic, the TaxSlayer.com team lost a lap to the leaders several laps later.   Then Wise fell to 15th, but was only one position away from gaining the lucky dog award (given to the first car one lap down).  The TaxSlayer.com team was never able to secure the vital position, and as an alternative, took the wave around under caution on lap 178 to earn its lap back.

Once back on the lead lap, the team banked on another caution that would allow them to pit for fuel.  However, if the race stayed green, they’d be forced to pit off sequence with the field and under green-flag conditions.

The essential caution never came, forcing crew chief Tony Eury Jr. to call Wise to pit road for two tires and fuel 25 laps away from the finish.  Wise gave up the 12th position and came to pit road under the green flag, giving up eight positions.  As a result, the team settled for a 20th-place finish.

“Definitely not the finish our TaxSlayer.com team was hoping for,” Wise said following the race.  “Sometimes you have to roll the dice and hope things work out.  We were waiting on another caution, and unfortunately it didn’t happen.  I’m hopeful we’ll make up for it next week.  I love running at (Lucas Oil Raceway) and JRM has had a lot of success there.  It should be exciting.”

Next Up for JR Motorsports:
Event: 30th Annual Kroger 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis
Date: Saturday, July 30, 2011
TV/Radio: ESPN2 (coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. EST) / MRN (broadcast begins at 7:30 p.m. EST)
JRM Entries: No.  88 GT Vodka Chevrolet (Aric Almirola), No. 7 iRacing Chevrolet (Josh Wise)

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