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

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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

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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

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.
Sun, Sep 20, 2015 09:52:00 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.
Sat, Sep 12, 2015 11:25:00 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.
Thu, Sep 10, 2015 09:48:00 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
Fri, Aug 28, 2015 12:05:00 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.
Fri, Aug 21, 2015 11:56:00 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
Fri, Aug 14, 2015 12:41:00 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.
Thu, Jul 9, 2015 09:17:00 AM