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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 struggled to find momentum in 2016 and was never able to complete more than eight consecutive races.
Almirola’s season was marked by five DNFs (did not finish) and one blown engine. None of those came in consecutive weeks; instead they were spread fairly evenly through the year and kept the No. 43 from gaining momentum. His last accident came at Kansas in October and it was followed by his only top-10 of the year. An eighth at Talladega SuperSpeedway was the last time in 2016 that he finished on the lead lap. Nov 29 - 8:16 PM

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Aric Almirola is a solid mid-cap pick this week on the strength of four consecutive top-20 finishes on short, flat tracks.

Prior to that streak, Almirola finished 21st at Richmond International Raceway and he was 13th in the Good Sam 500 this spring at Phoenix International Raceway. A result in the mid-teens is expected and that allows fantasy players to plan. Predictability is equally important to speed.
Nov 12 - 6:52 PM

In addition to driving the No. 43 U.S. Air Force Ford Fusion SS in Sunday's Sprint Cup Series Cup Can-Am 500(k) at Phoenix Int’l Raceway, Aric Almirola will pilot the No. 98 Ford Mustang for Biagi-DenBeste Racing in the XFINITY Series Ticket Galaxy 200 on Saturday afternoon.

The last time he raced in the XFINITY Series, he left Daytona International Speedway in July with the winner's trophy. This will be Almirola's 12th start in the Sprint Cup Series at Phoenix. His best finish of fifth-place came in the spring of 2012. He has raced six times there in the XFINITY Series, and he has a best finish of sixth place that came in 2010.-Breaking Limits
Nov 9 - 2:58 PM

Aric Almirola had been running at the end of 21 consecutive races on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks until he was involved in a lap-36 crash in the Hollywood Casino 400.

Almirola has been one of the most improved drivers in the past 10 races, but unrestricted, intermediate speedways do not typically reward dark horses. He had a 15th at Charlotte Motor Speedway one week prior to Kansas Speedway, but that was the first time since last year he went the distance on a similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track.
Nov 2 - 9:25 PM

Aric Almirola earned his first top-10 in the past 33 races Sunday with an eighth in the Hellmann's 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway.

This was Almirola’s first top-10 of the season and it came during the same weekend Brian Scott scored his first career top-10. That means Richard Petty Motorsports have both earned results that strong for first time this year. The organization will be happy to take the result, but it does not help their handicap on any other track type.
Oct 23 - 8:54 PM

Aric Almirola blew an engine in his first Talladega SuperSpeedway attempt; this May he crashed and recorded only his second DNF of his career on this track.

In the intervening 11 races, he suffered crash damage six times but managed to get to the end of the show. In fact, he has only failed to complete all the laps once in between his DNFs with a best result of 10th in 2013.
Oct 21 - 5:11 PM

Aric Almirola has scored 11 top-20 finishes in his last 17 attempts on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks dating back to the start of 2015.

Almirola has a pair of top-10s, one of which notably came in the 2015 Bank of America 500. This year, his best effort was a 15th at Atlanta well back at the start of the season, but he could fit a niche if a player needs a moderately priced option.
Oct 7 - 9:40 PM

Aric Almirola has finished 21st or better in 36 races on short, flat tracks with Richard Petty Motorsports and has fallen outside the top 26 only three times.

Almirola will not win this week’s contest, but he could extend one’s salary cap to a very positive level and open up a lot room at the top. One should try out various scenarios with him to see which marquee driver he pairs best with.
Sep 24 - 9:10 AM

Brian Scott and Aric Almirola were the first two drivers outside of the top 24 cutoff for round two of qualification at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the Bad Boy Off Road 300. Scott will start 25th with a lap of 132.966 mph; Almirola lines up 26th with a lap of 132.887 mph.

Richard Petty Motorsports has shown speed on short, flat tracks and they could be solid dark horse contenders with positive place-differential points.
Sep 23 - 5:19 PM

Aric Almirola has been surprisingly strong on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks in the past two years. His last 18 attempts on this track type ended in 16 top-25s that included two top-10s and four other top-15s.

Almirola’s consistency has rewarded him with an average finish of 18.4 in that span of races. One of his top-10s came in last year’s edition of the Chicagoland 400, but he was 26th early this summer at Charlotte Motor Speedway to counterbalance that result.
Sep 16 - 10:59 AM

Richard Petty Motorsports today announced more competition changes in a continued effort to improve their on-track performance.

Effectively immediately, Drew Blickensderfer will take over the Crew Chief responsibilities for the No. 43 Ford Fusion previously held by Trent Owens. Owens will be reassigned a position within the company. Blickensderfer, who brings nine years of Crew Chief experience in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, made his Crew Chief debut in 2009 at Roush Fenway Racing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Since that time, he worked with 13 different drivers in both series and tallied 15 wins, including a Daytona 500 win in 2009, 16 Top-Five finishes and 104 Top-10 finishes.-Breaking Limits
Sep 13 - 9:08 PM

Aric Almirola has finished all the laps in four of the past five two-mile track races. His best result in those events was a 14th last August in the Pure Michigan 400 when he advanced all the way from 30th.

Almirola might be a very tempting dark horse this week, but he lacks momentum from the 2016 season. Tread lightly, but watch him in practice and qualification before making a final fantasy decision.
Aug 25 - 11:48 AM

Aric Almirola led the first Bristol Motor Speedway practice session for quite a while early with a speed of 128.503 mph. With 17 minutes remaining, he still sat in fifth.

Almirola earned one top-five on this track and it came with his current team. In spring 2014, he finished third after starting 23rd.
Aug 19 - 11:16 AM

Aric Almirola had only posted two consecutive complete races before the June Pocono Raceway event. Beginning with that attempt, he finished on the lead lap four times in a row, lost one lap at Kentucky Speedway, and then went the distance at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Almirola seems to have lost his momentum in the past three races, though. He lost two laps at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, crashed and failed to finish at Pocono Raceway in their second race, and was one of the last cars on the lead lap at Watkins Glen International. He needs to string some complete races together before he becomes fantasy relevant again.
Aug 10 - 7:09 PM

Aric Almirola finished 18th in this race last year and followed that up with a 20th this spring in the Axalta We Paint Winners 400, which gives him a two-race streak of Pocono Raceway top-20s.

Three of Almirola’s last four races this season have also ended in the top 20 with a best of 15th on the restrictor-plate Daytona International Speedway. Last week on the other 2.5-mile flat track of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, he finished 25th so fantasy owners can expect him to hover around the 20th-place this week.
Jul 28 - 1:31 PM