Anthony Alfredo had a rough start to his rookie NASCAR Cup Series season, but admits the upcoming double-header at Pocono (also known as the Tricky Triangle) will help him and his team improve.
Alfredo told select media, including ASN Motorsports, about how he felt on his rookie season so far, stating he had a rough start with incidents and mechanical problems, but that it improved throughout the season until now.
“The last few weeks have definitely been great for us,” he said. “We’ve been able to take things we’ve learned as a team, mistakes I made I’ve learned from.
“We just had our share of bad luck at the start of the year that hurt our momentum. As a rookie, you need to finish the races to learn, and we had so many incidents where we’re at the wrong place and the wrong time, or have mechanical issues and things like that, so we weren’t able to maximize the learning opportunity each race.
“But lately we’ve been finishing races, putting them together, last week we actually qualified and finished in the top 20, so hopefully we can continue to build on that and keep having successful runs, especially this weekend at Pocono with the double-header, and get a little bit of a notebook developed to make improvements and have better races.”
Alfredo also talked about his plans for next year in the Cup Series, saying he would like to stay with Front Row Motorsports, but that the negotiation talks would begin later on in the season.
“Obviously the goal is to continue to grow with Front Row Motorsports,” he said. “What initiated the opportunity at the beginning of the year was to grow the organization and the people there.
“Great team, we have a great group of partners as well, and I’m proud to represent all of them, so we definitely want to build on that and it’s something we’re working on, but it’s a year-by-year basis from my understanding, so from the second half of the season and onward we can focus on that.”