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Team: Richard Petty Motorsports-43
Age / DOB:  (30) / 3/14/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 160

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Now with a spot in The Chase for the Sprint Cup, Aric Almirola and the No. 43 team are focused on continuing to move up in the championship point standings and race for more wins.
This weekend, he looks to improve on the Top-Five finish he scored in the July race last year. The fifth-place finished marked his best of seven Sprint Cup starts at the track. He also has one Nationwide and five Truck Series starts where he has scored one Top-Five and three Top-10 finishes.-Breaking Limits Jul 9 - 10:31 AM

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Aric Almirola wins the 56th Annual Coke Zero 400, his first victory in 125 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.

This is the No. 43 Ford Fusion driver's fourth top-10 finish in 2014. It is his first top-10 finish in seven races at Daytona. Almirola is the 43rd driver to drive the famed No. 43 car in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Prior to today's win, the last time the No. 43 car visited Victory Lane at Daytona was 7/4/1984 with NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty behind the wheel. The last time the No. 43 car won in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series was at Martinsville Speedway (4/18/1999) with driver John Andretti.
Jul 6 - 3:56 PM

The No. 43 team will proudly carry red, white and blue colors with the U.S. Air Force on the hood of the iconic car for this holiday weekend in support of all the men and women that keep our country safe.

Caught up in the "Big One" in the Daytona 500 earlier this season, Almirola looks for redemption at the 2.5-mile superspeedway. The team showed speed in the Daytona 500 earlier this year and backed it up at Talladega Superspeedway when the team took home a 13th-place finish.-Breaking Limits
Jul 1 - 8:12 PM

Aric Almirola and the No. 43 Eckrich team are prepared to continue their consistency at intermediate tracks.

At the last three 1.5-mile tracks, Almirola and team scored Top-12 finishes with a best finish of eighth at Kansas. He has seven starts at the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway including two Sprint Cup Series starts. He scored three Top-Six finishes in his seven starts and a best finish of third in the 2010 Truck Series race.-Breaking Limits
Jun 24 - 9:05 PM

Despite not being a road course specialist, Sonoma Raceway is a track Aric Almirola enjoys.

He and the team dialed in the No. 43 Nathan's Famous Ford recently at Carolina MotorSports Park with a day test at the road course. He has three starts at Sonoma and six total road course starts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Last season, he posted his best Sonoma finish of 20th gaining eight spots from the following years.-Breaking Limits
Jun 19 - 12:07 PM

Aric Almirola and the No. 43 Nathan's Famous team scored their fourth consecutive Top-15 finish last weekend at Dover.

The team looks to keep up the consistency and hopes to improve with a Top-10 finish this weekend at Pocono (Penn.) Raceway. A Top-10 will be an uphill battle for the team. Almirola has just four starts at the "Tricky Triangle" in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and a best finish of 18th.-Breaking Limits
Jun 3 - 9:31 PM

Aric Almirola heads to the "Monster Mile" with a lot of confidence.

He has a history of success at the track. He scored his first Truck Series victory when he tamed the monster in 2010. He scored his best Sprint Cup Series finish at the one-mile track in the June 2012 race when he brought the No. 43 home sixth. His Crew Chief Trent Owens also brings success to the table with a Top-10 average finish in 15 Nationwide Series starts.-Breaking Limits
May 27 - 8:05 PM

Aric Almirola brings four Cup starts to the site of his only Sprint Cup Series pole, which he scored with the team in 2012.

He also has 10 starts in both Nationwide and the Truck Series where he compiled one top-five, a best finish of fourth in 2007, and five top-10 finishes. Crew Chief Trent Owens brings a plethora of experience to the table with 16 starts at the 1.5-mile track as a crew chief in the Nationwide Series including a win in 2006 and an average finish of 9.2.-Breaking Limits
May 22 - 1:47 PM

Richard Petty Motorsports heads into this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway competing for spots in the Sprint All-Star Race.

Both Aric Almirola (No. 43 Ford Fusion) and Marcos Ambrose (No. 9 Ford Fusion) will have two options to make the exhibition event. They can advance by finishing in the Top-Two in the Sprint Showdown on Friday or by winning the fan vote. Earlier this week, both drivers were announced in the Top-10 of the Sprint Fan Vote.-Breaking Limits
May 14 - 1:30 PM

Aric Almirola finishes 8th in Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway.

He started the No. 43 Ford Fusion 12th on the grid for the 5-hour ENERGY 400. He is currently 21st in the 2014 NSCS point standings.
May 11 - 10:39 AM

With a Goodyear tire test at Kansas Speedway and a team test at Charlotte, also a 1.5-mile track, under his belt, Aric Almirola is confident that the No. 43 Farmland team will unload fast this weekend.

Not only is the team prepared from tests, the team is always fast at the Midwest track. In 2012, Almirola led 69 laps of the spring race before a blown tire ruined his chances at a win in the No. 43 Ford. He scored his best finish of eighth in last spring's event after starting from the sixth spot.-Breaking Limits
May 7 - 7:34 PM

Aric Almirola and team showed a lot of speed at superspeedways during Speedweeks at Daytona and expect the same this weekend at Talladega.

The team rebuilt the car after the crash in Daytona and worked in the wind tunnel to find a good aero package for this weekend, and they're confident the car will do well in the draft this weekend. Almirola raced 14 times in a NASCAR series at the 2.66-mile track. In eight Sprint Cup Series starts, he posted his best finish of 10th in the No. 43 Ford last spring. He tallied his best finish of second twice in the Truck Series in 2009 and 2010.-Breaking Limits
Apr 30 - 9:11 PM

Aric Almirola and the No. 43 team currently has an average finish of 8.6 at tracks one mile or less.

They head to Richmond poised to continue that success and look to head to Victory Lane at Smithfield Foods' home track. Almirola has nine NASCAR starts at the .75-mile track, including four Sprint Cup Series starts. Last spring, he scored an eighth-place finish, his career-best Sprint Cup finish at the track. He scored his best NASCAR finish at the track in 2011 when he brought home a seventh-place finish in the Nationwide race.-Breaking Limits
Apr 22 - 12:25 PM

Aric Almirola sets a new Darlington Raceway track record during Round 2 of qualifying with a lap of 26.705 seconds, 183.479 mph.

It is the sixth track record in eight races this year. In the final 12-car round, the No. 43 Ford Fusion driver clocked a third fastest lap for Saturday night's Bojangles' Southern 500.
Apr 11 - 8:03 PM

The No. 43 team wants to win every week, but this week, they have an additional incentive.

Crew Chief Trent Owens grew up just a few miles from Darlington and says a win at the track "Too Tough To Tame" would rank up with a Daytona 500 win. Aric Almirola will look to continue Owens' success at the track. With consecutive top-10 finishes in the last five seasons as crew chief, Almirola would like to add a Sprint Cup Series top-10 to the list. He has five starts at the 1.36-mile track in all three NASCAR series and just two in the Sprint Cup Series. He tallied his best finish of ninth in the 2010 truck series race.-Breaking Limits
Apr 9 - 11:45 AM