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Team: Richard Petty Motorsports-43
Age / DOB:  (31) / 3/14/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 160

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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. Nov 27 - 7:41 PM

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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.
Oct 29 - 1:34 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.
Oct 11 - 10:49 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.
Oct 4 - 6:53 PM

For the first time in slightly more than a year, Aric Almirola earned back-to-back top-10s in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series. He finished fourth last week at Richmond International Raceway and was 10th in the 400 at Chicagoland Speedway.

This fits in the category of bad timing where the Chase is concerned, but Almirola earned a lot of fantasy points for his owners. He was also 11th at Darlington Raceway two weeks ago and is on an uptick. For the moment, he deserves a spot on many rosters if he fits a salary cap niche.
Sep 20 - 9:52 PM

Aric Almirola made a determined bid to win the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway, but he came up three positions short. Worse still, he failed to earn the final Chase berth by finishing 17 points behind Paul Menard in the standings.

This was only Almirola’s second top-10 of 2015 and that lack of strength put him in a position where four sub-25th-place results could not be overcome. With the pressure off his shoulders, his results could improve during the final 10 races of the season.
Sep 12 - 11:25 PM

Aric Almirola is one of the 15 drivers inside the top 30 in points who needs to win the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway in order to make the Chase. That is unlikely to happen since he has only one top-10 in 2015, but consistency makes him a solid fantasy pick.

Almirola has finished 18th or better in his last five races with his worst coming on the flat Pocono Raceway. His best came last week with an 11th at Darlington Raceway and this team could be on the verge of getting their second top-10. Either way, he is unlikely to cost fantasy players a lot of points if he remains in the teens.
Sep 10 - 9:48 AM

A throwback conversation wouldn't be complete without the iconic No. 43 STP Ford and neither would the throwback The Tradition Returns weekend at Darlington Raceway.

Joining in on the retro paint schemes, Aric Almirola will pilot the 1972 "Petty Blue" and Day-Glo Red No. 43 STP paint scheme, originally driven by "The King" Richard Petty. STP will also have special guests at the track during its return to Labor Day weekend. Members of the 1972 crew will join STP and the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports team for the Bojangles Southern 500.-Breaking Limits
Aug 28 - 12:05 PM

Aric Almirola got loose in turn two in the first 20 minutes of practice for the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway and slapped the wall on exit. He flattened the right side of his car.

Almirola is on the bubble of making the Chase and this is supposed to be an opportunity race for him. With top-15s in three of his last four Bristol races, he is expected to run well—but the pressure of making the Chase may be causing him to push a little too hard. Fantasy owners may wish to leave him in the garage this week.
Aug 21 - 11:56 AM

Aric Almirola is under the weather today with what the team hopes is a 24-hour virus.

In an effort to allow Almirola to rest and recover, two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion Matt Crafton has been tapped to practice the No. 43 Armour Ford today at Michigan International Speedway. The plan is for Almirola to make limited laps in practice in order to qualify the car today and retain his starting spot in Sunday's race.-Breaking Limits
Aug 14 - 12:41 PM

With Carl Edwards currently outside the top 16 in the standings, the cutoff for Chase contention has moved to the driver in 15th. Last week’s 34th-place finish at Daytona International Speedway in the Coke Zero 400 dropped Aric Almirola to 16th and has him in desperate need of points.

Unfortunately Kentucky Speedway is Almirola’s fifth-worst track in regard to career average finishes with a 26.7 in three attempts. His last three attempts on this track type ended in top-20 finishes, but to make up significant ground he will need to challenge for a top-10 like he did at Kansas Speedway before settling into 11th.
Jul 9 - 9:17 AM

Aric Almirola had a gentle spin at Sonoma Raceway race about one-third of the way through practice. He did not hit anything and rolled back to the garage for a setup change.

Almirola’s average finish at Sonoma is about 25th, which suggests he can be avoided by most fantasy players. His most interesting stat this week is that he has finished better than he started in all four of his starts on this track.
Jun 26 - 3:30 PM

Aric Almirola has been flirting with the top 10 most of the season and finally broke that barrier in convincing fashion at Dover International Speedway. He finished fifth in the FedEx 400 after starting 23rd.

It is fitting that he ran so well at Dover because his first start on the track produced a sixth in 2012. Almirola has been one of the most consistent drivers all season and if he can add some raw power to the No. 43’s repertoire, he will quickly become fantasy relevant.
May 31 - 6:55 PM

Aric Almirola has hovered around the 10th-place mark several times this season, but he could—make that should—get his first top-10 in the 2015 running of the all-star race.

Almirola has five results of 13th or better without cracking the top 10. A field only half the size of a typical NASCAR race should allow him to make up those few positions and once that happens, he is likely to finish better in points’ paying events as well.
May 14 - 9:57 PM

Aric Almirola and Smithfield Foods will team up with Biagi DenBeste Racing for the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) race at Richmond International Raceway April 24.

Almirola will pilot the No. 98 Smithfield Ford in his third NXS race this season at Smithfield's home track. He is slotted to race five more NXS races in the No. 98. Almirola raced the No. 98 at Daytona and Las Vegas earlier this year, where he scored two Top-11 finishes. He has five career starts at Richmond in the NXS and an average finish of 16.4, with a highest finish of seventh.-Breaking Limits
Apr 20 - 8:07 PM