Camping World Trucks - Paludo Preview
'BAMA BOUND: Miguel Paludo will make his way to Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway this weekend. Paludo will make his first laps around the 2.66-mile Superspeedway this weekend, as he tries to improve on his last restrictor-plate finish of fourth in the season opener at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. Paludo has two fourth-place finishes at Daytona and Lucas Oil Raceway, but his career-best Truck Series finish came in August at Michigan International Speedway where he finished third.
SOMBRERO DOMINANCE: The Toyota emblem is often referred to as a "sombrero", this logo has crossed the finish line first, most often at Talladega. Toyota drivers have been dominating at the track since the series made the decision to race at the historic 2.66-mile track in 2006. Toyota has been in victory lane four times in the last five races giving them a winning percentage of 80.
EYE IN THE SKY: One of the most important aspects for a rookie driver at Talladega Superspeedway is to have an experienced spotter. Paludo will listen to veteran Truck Series driver Terry Cook as he makes his first laps around Talladega Superspeedway. The six-time Truck Series winner will help Paludo to navigate through traffic and hopefully to victory lane at day's end. Cook will be perched high atop the 2.66-mile track some 40 feet plus in the air so he will have the best view of the track.
FIRST TIMER: The newest addition to the Paludo family, Oliver, Miguel and Patricia's son will make his first appearance at a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.
NEW COLORS: This weekend Paludo will carry new colors as the 28-year old driver of the No. 7 Toyota Tundra promotes health, wellness and the fight to find a cure for diabetes. Paludo, who suffers from Type I diabetes, continues to be an advocate for research and education for children and adults who struggle with the disease.
"My diabetes does not stop me from living my dream as a racecar driver. I want to be someone that children and adults can look up to and realize that even though you have diabetes your life does not have to stop. You just have to be more careful what you eat and drink, be sure to get plenty of rest and exercise daily. Eventually diabetes will become part of your daily routine. I hope by having the Stop Diabetes colors on the truck this weekend, that we can continue to raise awareness for diabetes and hopefully one day find a cure."
CHASSIS HISTORY: The No. 7 team will unload chassis No. 140. The last time this truck was on the track was last season at Daytona International Speedway with Timothy Peters behind the wheel. The No. 7 team will unload last year's Daytona race winning vehicle for Paludo to weave through the air at the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway.