After completing 32nd after an accident in the Daytona 500, Almirola enters this weekend’s race in Martinsville (Va.) on the insides of four successive top-10 finishes, linking the maximum top-10 streak of his livelihood.
After finishing fifth in the last series standings last yr, Almirola is proud to keep his strong performance early this season.
“s it’s been a wonderful beginning to 20-19,” Almirola stated. “I sense as a team we’ve picked right up where we left off by the end of 2018. Apparently, the end of 2018 was really good for us and we ran really strong, found ourselves in contention to gain a lot of races, obtained at Talladega and closed the year out very strong, finishing fifth in the points, so if you’re not gont create it to the last four, you might as well be the very best of the others .
“I believe as if individuals ’ve rolled out of 20-19 exactly precisely the specific same manner. Daytona, it really is what it really is. We got caught up in a mess, but ever since then we’ve really maximized every weekend and done a really good job.
Almirola, 35, is even more excited for the months ahead because he believes his No. 10 Ford team and SHR in general has plenty of room for advancement.
He believes SHR will begin enacting a number of changes next weekend at Texas Motor Speedway based on which they learned in the West Coast races and that should let them have a chance to enhance even more.
“I think Texas is now the very first opportunity that we’ll need to actually implement change into our cars,” Almirola stated. “Our west-coast cars were basically constructed as we were planning for Atlanta. Most of our automobiles getting ready for Atlanta, Vegas, Phoenix, California were all with quite one mindset and appearing at certain things from the engineering section and also the aero department.
“Now, we’ve had an opportunity to conduct those bunch of races and go back and eat up all of the information and look at all and also possess this week end gap here while we’re at Martinsville to go through and implement like, ‘OK, we’re getting overcome? Why? & & rsquo; And ’therefore why we all think we& & rsquo;re getting overcome, let’s ’s move to work in this region and let’s implement that into our Texas cars.
Therefore while he had four strong endings, Almirola said based on what they learned on the three-race West Coast swing, they have the capability to be even better in the weeks ahead.
“I’m so grateful that we came out from this gate as strong because we all did — which we weren’t off further — but I believe it’s very clear to us in SHR that we’re not where we would like to be when you hear our pioneer, Kevin Harvick and Rodney (Childers) and people guys speaking about being off and never having what they will need to triumph, we’re leading laps,” Almirola stated.
“I’ve led more laps in the onset of this past year compared to I’ve directed in just about any other season in my livelihood. I’m off to probably the best beginning of my career, and yet we believe as if our cars are not where they have been last season.
Therefore what’s next for the two-time Cup Series winner? The possibility to win races, he said.
“We have top 10, top five cars and we’refinishing completing top 10 and top 5, then when we buy our cars where we will need to triumph, I feel like we’ll find ourselves in position to win some races,” he said.
“I think some of that’ll be implemented into our Texas cars after which it’ll merely continue to develop and we’re going to be playing catchup until we’re routinely hard to win races.”