NASCAR Cup Series driver Aric Almirola attempts to bowl world's longest strike at WGI
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (WENY) - It's officially NASCAR weekend at Watkins Glen International as the first race hit the track on Friday with the ARCA Menards Series General Tire Delivers 100 at the Glen.
Aric Almirola, who will drive the Go Bowling car in Sunday's Go Bowling at the Glen Cup Series race, attempted to bowl the world's longest strike which was 80 feet down the esses at WGI.
"My confidence level is about five out of ten," said Almirola before attempting to bowl the strike. "I think it's certainly doable, I just don't know how many tries it's going to take and I don't know with all of the angles and the speed, that's going to be the tricky part. The approach is to be consistent as possible with my speed when I throw it and then just keep moving the angle of where I release it. It's honestly like putting on a crazy hard putting green. The ball is going to break three or four times before it gets down to the pins."
Almirola came close on a couple of attempts early on, but he eventually knocked the pins down.
Almirola currently sits in 16th in the NASAR Cup Series standings. He has two top 5's and seven top 10's including an 8th place finish last week in Richmond. It's crunch time with just two races remaining to try and make a playoff push, and Almirola is ready to be back to compete at WGI.
"Watkins Glen International is probably one of the nicest road courses in the country and so coming here to race is always a pleasure," said Almirola. "The weather hopefully is beautiful like it typically is when we come up here and we're going to put on a heck of a race with this new next-gen car. I feel like our road course program has been a work in progress, to say the least, but we're making headway on it and feel like we had a really good week of running in the simulator so, from all the data points that we have, I feel like going into this weekend we'll be good."
"Everybody's on a ticking time clock" he added. "We all know this weekend and next weekend at Daytona are the last opportunities to win and get into the playoffs so everybody feels that pressure and it'll be known when we show up for the race on Sunday."
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