Aric Almirola has finished on the same lap as the leaders in all but one race this year. He lost three laps at Vegas and finished 26th.
Aric Almirola had an extremely active practice on Saturday morning. He nudged Jeff Gordon and door-slammed David Ragan in the first 10 minutes of the session.
Along with Matt DiBenedetto, Aric Almirola was another driver who scraped the wall in the opening minutes of Saturday morning’s practice for the Auto Club 400.
Aric Almirola’s last two starts at Auto Club have marked highs and lows for the No. 43 driver. He finished 14th in 2013 and crashed on lap 43 last year to finish 43rd.
With less than 10 minutes remaining in the Saturday morning practice session, Aric Almirola snapped loose out of turn two and spun to bring out a caution flag. He did not make contact with the wall, but blew a right front tire and limped back to the garage.
Aric Almirola recorded two top-10s on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks last year with Richard Petty Motorsports.
Aric Almirola has made only one previous start in the Sprint Unlimited, but he ran well. Last year he finished sixth after qualifying eighth and hopes to start a top-10 streak this week.
Aric Almirola improved his performance in 2014 over the previous season and became one of drivers in the front half of the field more than 50 percent of the time. He finished 21st or better 19 times in 36 races.
Following a breakout year by the No. 43 team, including a historic win in the Coke Zero 400, the U.S. Air Force will once again join Richard Petty Motorsports and the iconic No. 43 Ford team as a primary partner.
In 2015, "Fresh From Florida" will again partner with Richard Petty Motorsports and Tampa area native Aric Almirola as the primary brand ambassador via events in two NASCAR series.
Univision Deportes, the sport division of Univision Communications Inc., the leading media company serving Hispanic America, announced today that Cuban American NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Aric Almirola is nominated for the Best Car Racing Performance Award in the inaugural Premios Univision Deportes awards.
Aric Almirola is another driver who might be considered as a solid dark horse this week. In his last three Homestead starts, he has a worst finish of 16th and two top-10s.
Aric Almirola and Jamie McMurray joined Clint Bowyer as the only drivers to top the 200 mph mark at Talladega in the first practice session for the Geico 500. Their speeds were 200.268 mph and 200.117 mph respectively.
Aric Almirola had another engine-related issue in the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas. He lost seven laps and finished 31st.