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Aric Almirola

Team: Richard Petty Motorsports-43
Age / DOB:  (33) / 3/14/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 160

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Aric Almirola was swept into a lap-200 crash that was triggered by Joey Logano exploding a right front brake rotor. Running through the debris field and unable to slow, he piled into Logano and Danica Patrick.
Almirola’s car burst into flames, but the heaviest impact came when his Ford launched into the air and slammed down heavily on its rear tires. Almirola was transported to the University of Kansas Medical Center. He will be kept overnight for observation May 14 - 12:39 AM

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The Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 Ford team received an L1-level penalty from NASCAR on Wednesday after the car failed post-race inspection following the GEICO 500 at Talladega.

According to NASCAR, the car failed post-race rear wheel steer on the LIS. Crew chief Drew Blickensderfer was fined $65,000 and suspended from the next three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points events. The team was assessed with the loss of 35 driver and 35 owner points. Aric Almirola drove the No. 43 Ford to a fourth-place finish in the GEICO 500, matching his highest finish of the season (he was also fourth at the Daytona 500). His race finish is now
May 10 - 3:23 PM

Aric Almirola finished fourth in the Geico 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway after starting the afternoon 22nd.

The place-differential points added to his total made Almirola one of the top values of the week. Almirola also finished fourth in the Daytona 500 this February to give him back-to-back top-fives on plate tracks. He should be highly regarded when the series rolls back on Daytona in the summer.
May 7 - 6:42 PM

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular Aric Almirola (No. 43 Ford Fusion), driving the No. 98 Fresh from Florida Ford Mustang, won the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) Sparks Energy 300 at Talladega Superspeedway (TSS).

It was his third victory in 99 NXS races and his first top-10 NXS finish in 2017. It was also his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in five NXS races at TSS. Elliott Sadler (second) posted his sixth top-10 finish in nine races at TSS. It is his eighth top-10 finish in 2017. Cup driver Joey Logano (third) posted his seventh top-10 finish in eight NXS races at TSS. Matt Tifft (sixth) was the highest finishing Rookie of the Year contender. Elliott Sadler leads the NXS point standings by 29 points over Justin Allgaier (finished eighth).
May 6 - 5:12 PM

Aric Almirola has earned three straight top-15s on restrictor-plate, superspeedways, with each result getting progressively better than the last.

Almirola finished 15th last July at Daytona International Speedway, was eighth at Talladega SuperSpeedway, and fourth in this year’s 500. His streak of improvements will likely end this week, but if he is able to finish in the top 15 again, he could be worth starting if he fits the appropriate niche on the roster.
May 5 - 12:33 PM

Aric Almirola spent only a dozen or so laps in the top 10 Sunday in the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway, but one of them was the final trip around the track and it gave him a ninth-place finish.

This was the first time since the Daytona International Speedway that Almirola finished in the top 10. One had the sense that there was a little more potential in the Richard Petty Motorsports car and now that they have cracked this mark, they might be able to record top-15s with greater frequency.
Apr 30 - 7:23 PM

Aric Almirola is riding a current five-race, top-20 steak that started with a 14th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Almirola failed to complete four laps the week prior at Atlanta Motor Speedway, but he has finished on the lead lap in every race since. Most of his efforts this year have ended better than they started, which means he has been adding place-differential points each week. His average starting position in the past six races is 25.8, which he improved seven spots to 18.8 at the finish.
Apr 14 - 9:37 AM

Aric Almirola scored back-to-back top-10s on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks in 2015 with a pair of 10ths at Chicagoland Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway that fall. He has not earned another top-10 on a similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track since.

Almirola only has three top-15s in the intervening 14 races. Fantasy owners will not want to risk too much on this driver just yet. One of his top-15s came in the latest outing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, however, so if he can earn another consecutive top-15, he could be of interest at Charlotte and Kansas this summer.
Apr 8 - 3:25 AM

Aric Almirola has finished better than he started in his last seven attempts on two-mile unrestricted, intermediate speedways. The odds are good that he will earn positive place-differential points again this weekend.

One of Almirola’s better advancements came in the 2015 Auto Club 400. He started 23rd in that event and moved up to 11th at the end. He is still seeking his first career top-10 on this course and while that is a longshot for this Sunday, he could be a good value at his salary cap level.
Mar 21 - 8:50 PM

Aric Almirola entered last fall’s Can-Am 500 with a nine-race streak of finishing on the lead lap at Phoenix International Raceway. He lost two in that event and finished 22nd.

Still, Almirola finished five positions better than he qualified, which minimized the damage. In the nine previous races when he completed the distance, he swept the top 20 with a best of 10th.
Mar 18 - 11:57 AM

Aric Almirola failed to score a single top-10 on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks last year and he started this season with a 27th at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

His average finish in the last 11 races on this track type has been about 24th. That is where players should expect him to land this week as well. Pan accordingly.
Mar 7 - 6:06 PM

Aric Almirola enters the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 with four top-20s and they have all come in his last four attempts.

Almirola finished 20th in 2013, which was his third attempt on this track. He improved greatly the next year to earn his first and so far only top-10: a ninth in the Oral-B USA 500. Since then, he has run well but progressively slipped down the grid with an 11th and 15th. Almirola qualified only 30th on Friday, but last year he started 27th and earned a lot of place-differential points.
Mar 4 - 10:58 AM

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular Aric Almirola (No. 43 Ford Fusion), driving the No. 98 Fresh From Florida Ford Mustang led the first practice session for the XFINITY Series Rinnai 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The lap of 181.372 mph was the best of the 34 cars completing laps in this session. Cup regulars Kyle Busch (driving the No. 18 Toyota), Kevin Harvick (in the No. 41 Mustang) and Brad Keselowski (in the No. 22 Mustang) were second thru fourth fastest, respectively. The top NXS regular, No. 23 Spencer Gallagher, logged a fifth best lap of 180.070 mph lap. No. 52 Camaro driver, Joey Gase, was the slowest.
Mar 3 - 12:23 PM

Aric Almirola earned his second career top-five at Daytona International Speedway when he crossed under the checkers fourth in the 59th running of the 500.

Almirola used a little strategy to get to the front, but he managed to stay with the leaders through the closing laps. While this is only his second ever top-five on this track, it is the fifth time in the past six races that he scored a top-15.
Feb 26 - 6:49 PM

Aric Almirola posted the second-fastest speed in Saturday’s practice for the Daytona 500 with a lap of 193.054 mph.

Richard Petty Motorsports will field only one car this year and they hope that being able to focus on Almirola will help improve their results. One cannot make many predictions based on Daytona International Speedway, but this is certainly a step in the right direction.
Feb 18 - 3:33 PM