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Aric Almirola

Team: Richard Petty Motorsports-43
Age / DOB:  (32) / 3/14/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 160

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Aric Almirola is not the first driver who comes to mind on short tracks, but he could be a great sleeper this week. Three of his last four Bristol Motor Speedway attempts ended in top-20 results.
In fact, Almirola has a best result of third in that span of time in the spring 2014 race and if not for an accident later that fall, he would probably have a four-race, top-20 streak to his credit at this track. Almirola took a huge hit in salary cap value this week and that could make him an even better sleeper. Apr 13 - 12:02 AM

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One of his best tracks with 13 starts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Aric Almirola (#43 Smithfield Ford Fusion) has a top-finish of third place at Bristol Motor Speedway in the 2014 spring race.

He qualified for his best starting spot of fifth position in the 2012 fall race. Almirola has five starts in the XFINITY Series at Bristol with his best finish of fifth coming in the 2011 season. He has started 15th three times at BMS in the XFINITY Series races. He will also be competing in Saturday's XFINITY race in the #98 Fresh From Florida Ford for Biagi-DenBeste. This will be his fifth XFINITY race of the 2016 season.-Breaking Limits
Apr 12 - 10:02 PM

Aric Almirola has not yet cracked the top 10 in 2016, but with three top-15s in five starts he is solidly in the top 16 in the points’ standings. Almirola currently sits in 13th ahead of Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Matt Kenseth, and Chase Elliott.

Almirola does not get the attention he deserves from the media and this makes him a differentiator for many fantasy players. Two of his three top-15s came on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks and teammate Brian Scott has been stronger on that course type than others so that is where owners want to concentrate. Of course, with only five races in the books, the sample is pretty small.
Apr 2 - 2:07 PM

Aric Almirola fell from seventh to 24th in the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He was the first driver one lap off the pace.

Almirola cost his fantasy owners 17 place-differential points, which made him one of the biggest losers during the afternoon. Racers have short memories and he should run reasonably well on the drivers’ track of Phoenix International Raceway next week, but fantasy owners have to give the No. 43 some serious consideration before activating him.
Mar 6 - 11:59 PM

Aric Almirola paces the afternoon test session at Las Vegas Motor Speedway leading up to Sunday's Kobalt 400.

His lap of 192.940 mph in the #43 Smithfield Ford Fusion led the 38 cars out on the track for the Thursday afternoon session. #3 Austin Dillon, #21 Ryan Blaney, #41 Kurt Busch and #16 Greg Biffle rounded out the top five on the speed chart. David Ragan, in the #23 Dr Pepper Toyota Camry, was the slowest.
Mar 3 - 8:16 PM

Aric Almirola (#43 Smithfield Ford Fusion) scored two consecutive Top-15 finishes to start the 2016 season (12th in the historic Daytona 500 and 15th in Atlanta).

The positive momentum has the team ready to take on Las Vegas Motor Speedway. To get extra laps under his belt before the Sprint Cup Series, Almirola will participate in Thursday's test sessions and compete in Saturday's XFINITY Series in the #98 Ford for Biagi-DenBeste Racing. Almirola hopes that the additional on-track experience throughout the weekend will help produce a great finish in Sunday's Kobalt 400 and keep him in the Top-10 in points.-Breaking Limits
Mar 2 - 10:30 AM

Aric Almirola sustained some damage in the pits at Atlanta. He backed into another car and dented the back bumper.

The damage is mostly cosmetic and should not hurt his odds any. Last year, he finished 11th in this race and was ninth in summer 2014.
Feb 26 - 11:42 AM

Kurt Busch spun in a single-car crash with a handful of laps remaining, but NASCAR did not throw a caution. Meanwhile in an unrelated incident, Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards triggered a multi-car accident that also collected Kyle Busch, Aric Almirola, and Casey Mears.

At this stage of the race no one will lift and Mears was part of the catalyst for the wreck. The field is shrinking and the race will go into overtime. Edwards ultimately took responsibility for the accident.
Feb 13 - 10:06 PM

Aric Almirola has the 25th-best average finish on restrictor-plate, superspeedways despite winning the 2014 Coke Zero 400. Including one failure to qualify in 22 starts, his average of the big tracks is 23.32.

The good news is that Almirola is trending up and that could make him a decent value in the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway. Three of the five plate track attempts he made after winning in 2014 ended in either 15th- or 16th-place results.
Feb 5 - 11:41 AM

NASCAR announced the 25 eligible drivers for the season-opening 75-lap Sprint Unlimited at the Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 13.

The non-points event will be split into two segments with a competition caution at lap 25 separating the segments. The 25 eligible NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers include the 2015 Coors Light Pole Award winners, former Sprint Unlimited race winners and former Daytona 500 pole winners who competed full time in 2015. All 16 drivers from the 2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup are also eligible for the race, and any remaining open positions are filled based on 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship driver points. Eligible 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship driver points: Aric Almirola and Kyle
Jan 11 - 8:10 PM

Aric Almirola scored six top-10s in 2015, which would have made him of limited use but for one factor: All but one of them was scored in the final 11 races of the season, which made him a predictable value.

Almirola also had the ninth-best, place-differential with an average improvement of 4.4 positions per race with an average finish of 17.9. Every point counts in fantasy NASCAR.
Tue, Dec 8, 2015 12:56:00 PM

Aric Almirola (#43 Smithfield Foods Ford Fusion) finished 41st in the November 22nd NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 at Florida's Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The Richard Petty Motorsports driver started 14th in the lineup and completed 209 laps of the 267-lap event. Almirola, who competed in all of the season's 36 races, scored three top-fives, six top-10s and closed out the season 17th in the final 2015 Sprint Cup Series driver championship standings.
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 07:41:00 PM

Aric Almirola enters the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway with a five-race, top-20 streak on short tracks, which is a sweep of the 2015 season. His spring Martinsville attempt ended in a 12th-place result.

Almirola’s last race on this track type ended in a fourth-place finish at Richmond International Raceway, which could indicate he is heading in the right direction. He deserves to be on fantasy owners’ radar screens so he can be activated if he impresses them in practice and qualification.
Thu, Oct 29, 2015 01:34:00 PM

Aric Almirola finished 10th in the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway to record his fourth top-10 finish in the last five races.

Last year Almirola had a solid run during the Chase and would have advanced one or two rounds without a blown engine in the opening race. He failed to make the playoffs this year and is racing for pride. That is making him one of the top values on a weekly basis.
Sun, Oct 11, 2015 10:49:00 PM

Aric Almirola was running 11th when the final caution waved over the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway and he opted to pit for four tires. The rest of the lead lap cars followed him down pit road and he restarted in that same position, but with four fresh feel-goods on his machine, he surged to fifth in the final rundown.

This is Almirola’s second top-five and third top-10 in the past four races. Last week at New Hampshire, he cut a tire and pounded the wall or he might have kept his streak alive. At his salary cap level, Almirola has been one of the best values during the past month and he should be watch closely in the coming weeks.
Sun, Oct 4, 2015 06:53:00 PM