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Aric Almirola |

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

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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

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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

Richard Petty Motorsports and Biagi-DenBeste Racing announced today that they will continue their partnership with Aric Almirola in the Biagi-DenBeste No. 98 Ford Mustang in five NASCAR XFINITY Series races this season. Almirola drove for the team in the XFINITY Series earlier this season.

He will pilot the No. 98 Biagi-DenBeste Racing Ford Mustang at the Talladega Superspeedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway in May, Michigan International Speedway in June, Daytona International Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway. Almirola has one win and finished in the Top-five in the 2011 XFINITY Series Championship.-Breaking Limits
Apr 7 - 11:11 AM

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.

Almirola got behind on his setup and cycled off the lead lap during green flag stops in that race. Nearly all of his remaining efforts ended in top-15s, however, and he has accomplished that feat in an unflashy manner which has kept him under the radar screen.
Apr 5 - 6:07 PM

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.

Drivers have to work just as hard in practice as they do in race trim in order to find that little extra they will need on Sunday. Almirola’s fastest lap in that session was 96.470 mph, which was 13th-best.
Mar 28 - 12:15 PM

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.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. also made light contact, so Almirola is in good company. It is better to find that edge in practice than during the race.
Mar 21 - 11:43 AM

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.

Almirola has more experience at Auto Club than most tracks but that has not made much difference. With an average finish of 31.6 in seven starts this is his worst course in that regard.
Mar 20 - 1:10 PM

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.

Almirola was going as slow as possible, but there is the possibility that he did some damage to the suspension. Fantasy players will want to see how he performs later in the afternoon before committing to the No. 43. Almirola had posted the 24th-fastest lap to this point.
Mar 7 - 12:19 PM

Aric Almirola recorded two top-10s on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks last year with Richard Petty Motorsports.

Almirola’s best finish came at Kansas in the 5-Hour Energy 400, but he also finished in the top 10 at Atlanta with a ninth. He is far from a sure thing, however, because Almirola finished outside the top 20 in his last four attempts on this track type.
Feb 27 - 9:52 PM