JR MOTORSPORTS TEAM PREVIEW
No. 88 AdvoCare Chevrolet
No. 7 http://www.taxslayer.com/ TaxSlayer.com / The Navy SEAL Foundation Chevrolet
EVENT – Dollar General 300 Miles of Courage (200 laps / 300 miles)
TRACK – Charlotte Motor Speedway (1.5-mile quad oval)
DATE – Friday, Oct. 14, 2011
TV / RADIO – ESPN2 (coverage begin at 7:30 p.m. EST) / PRN (broadcast begins at 7:30 p.m. EST)
Aric Almirola No. 88 AdvoCare Chevrolet
“The Charlotte race in May was a good one for us. Our car was pretty fast. We had to battle back from a lap down after a loose wheel made us pit under green, and we still came out with a top-10 finish. Track position is everything there. Plus, it will be our third race there with the new car. Heading back to tracks for a second, and even third time with more notes on the new car definitely has its advantages. It seems like our program has been steadily improving when we make multiple stops at these tracks.
“Running at night at Charlotte, all the grip will come back once the track cools down. Turns one and two are really fast. Probably one of the fastest corners we go through on any racetrack. You can drive in hard and carry a lot of speed through there.”
Josh Wise No. 7 http://www.taxslayer.com/ TaxSlayer.com/The Navy SEAL Foundation Chevrolet
“It’s going to be a lot fun working with the guys on this TaxSlayer.com team again. They’re a fun bunch. They know how to work hard and get the job done, but Tony Eury Jr. makes it an enjoyable process.
“We really want to end the season on a good note. This will be my last race in the 7 car this year. And Charlotte is the type of race where there is a ton of excitement leading up to it. You always want to put on a good show for your sponsors, family and friends. We didn’t have the race we wanted there in the spring, but this team has learned a lot about its intermediate program since then.”
JR MOTORSPORTS NOTEBOOK –
JRM FAN AUTOGRAPH SESSION SET FOR OCT. 14 – Dale Earnhardt Jr. will headline the JR Motorsports autograph session this Friday, Oct. 14 from 1 – 2 p.m. EST at the JRM shop in Mooresville, N.C. (See complete schedule below). The first 150 fans to bring non-perishable food items or a new pet item to JRM on Thurs., Oct. 13 beginning at 9 a.m. EST will obtain a wristband that will guarantee access to the Earnhardt Jr. autograph line. Additionally, the first 50 fans to bring a new pet item or non-perishable food items to the JR Nation merchandise trailer at Charlotte Motor Speedway beginning at 2 p.m. EST on Thurs., Oct. 13 will also receive a wristband. Prior to Earnhardt Jr.’s autograph session, JRM drivers Aric Almirola and Josh Wise, along with Kelley Earnhardt, L.W. Miller (Southern Modified driver) and Josh Berry (JRM late model driver) will sign autographs for the first 200 fans from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EST.
AUTOGRAPH SCHEDULE Friday, Oct. 14 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Aric Almirola, Josh Wise, Kelley Earnhardt, L.W. Miller and Josh Berry 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. (wristband required)
TAXSLAYER SALUTES THE NAVY SEAL FOUNDATION – For this weekend’s race, http://www.taxslayer.com/ TaxSlayer is giving up the hood of its No. 7 Chevrolet to honor fallen Navy SEALs with the logo of the Navy SEAL Foundation. The mission of the Navy SEAL Foundation is to provide immediate and ongoing support and assistance to the Naval Special Warfare community and their families. http://www.taxslayer.com/ TaxSlayer.com is a proud supporter of the United States Armed Forces. All active-duty men and women in the U.S. military can prepare and file Federal and State tax returns free of charge with http://www.taxslayer.com/ Taxslayer.com. To make a donation or to learn more visit http://nswfoundation.org/
ALMIROLA VISITS HARMONY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL – On Monday, Oct. 10, Almirola visited Harmony Elementary School in Harmony, N.C as part of Unilever and Dollar General’s “Reading puts you on the track to Victory” literacy program. Almirola met with Mrs. Prichard’s kindergarten class and read Dr. Seuss’ “There’s a Wocket in my Pocket!” to the students. The class earned the privilege by having the highest average number of minutes read for the classes participating in the program.
WISE STATS IN THE NATIONWIDE SERIES – This weekend will mark Wise’s 75th start in NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) competition. He holds four starts at Charlotte. This season, Wise has tallied one top-five and three top-10 finishes, all with JR Motorsports, in 28 starts.
WISE WITH JRM – The Riverside, Calif. native made his first start with the team at Nashville Superspeedway in June of 2010. In his 22 races with the organization, he scored one top-five and five top-10 finishes. Wise’s fourth-place effort at Iowa Speedway with JRM earlier this summer equaled his NNS career-best finish.
LOOP DATA – According to NASCAR’s loop data, Almirola is tied for fourth in the closers category, which calculates positions improved in the last 10 percent of laps in each race over the past six years at Charlotte. The native of Tampa, Fla. is also ranked 10th in the quality passes category, which constitutes passing a car running in the top 15 while under a green flag.
JRM’S INTERMEDIATE PROGRAM – JR Motorsports owns four top-five and eight top-10 finishes in 1.5-mile races this season. Drivers Almirola, Kasey Kahne, Jamie McMurray, Danica Patrick and Wise have all contributed to the tally.
ALMIROLA AT CHARLOTTE – Almirola owns one top-five and three top-10s in six NNS starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He finished ninth in the No. 88 Chevrolet with JRM this spring. He also has two top-10 finishes in two starts in the Camping World Truck Series.
NO. 88 SEASON STATS – The No. 88 team’s season tally now stands at seven top-five and 17 top-10 finishes, including 10 top-10s in the last 14 races. Almirola is currently ranked fourth in championship points (10 points behind third-place Reed Sorenson), with the No. 88 Chevrolet eighth in owner points.
NO. 7 SEASON STATS – The No. 7 team holds six top-five and 12 top-10 finishes in 2011. The team occupies the 12th position in owner points. Every driver of the No. 7 this season has scored a top-10 finish. The list includes Dale Earnhardt Jr., Ron Fellows, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Jamie McMurray, Danica Patrick and Wise.
ALMIROLA AT-TRACK AUTOGRAPH SIGNING – Almirola will sign autographs at the JR Nation merchandise hauler, located in the fan concourse area, on Friday, Oct. 14, from 5:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. local time.
JR NATION GREAT GIVEAWAY – The promotion that has awarded prizes to lucky fan club members each day for 50 days ends this week! All fans must do is log on to http://www.jrnation.com/ www.jrnation.com and click on the register now banner. In addition to the daily prizes, JR Nation is offering a grand prize of an $888 gift card for use in the JR Nation online store. 10 second-place winners will receive an $88 gift card also for use in the JR Nation online store. Daily prizes include autographed memorabilia from Aric Almirola, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Danica Patrick and Josh Wise.
WATCH JRM RACING.COM’s VIDEO SERIES – In a continued effort to be at the forefront of web-based content through its website http://www.jrmracing.com/ www.jrmracing.com, the team has added a multitude of videos into its video gallery. http://www.jrmracing.com/media/videos/ Click here to view race preview videos, the “JRM 360” series and more.