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Aric Almirola |

Team: Richard Petty Motorsports-43
Age / DOB:  (30) / 3/14/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 160

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Aric Almirola posted back-to-back 20-something finishes in 2012 and then shocked the field with a fifth in summer 2013. His last two efforts have also ended in the 20s, so if the pattern holds, he could be ready to score another strong result.
Patterns such as these are interesting, but not particularly predictive. However, Almirola was running strong at Chicagoland in the 400 before blowing an engine and that makes him a driver worthy of attention. If he practices well, he could make his way onto a few fantasy rosters. Sep 18 - 4:16 PM

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Aric Almirola will pilot the Biagi-DenBeste No. 98 Ford Mustang in the Nationwide Series races at Chicagoland Speedway September 13 and Dover International Speedway September 27.

Smithfield will adorn the No. 98 Ford Mustang for both events. As Almirola and the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Sprint Cup Series team competes for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Almirola hopes the extra track time will prove beneficial for the Sprint Cup Series races at both tracks and propel the team through the first round to advance into the Contender round.
Sep 5 - 9:47 AM

Since winning the Coke Zero 400 and qualifying for the Chase, Aric Almirola has been spiraling downward. His ninth-place finish in the Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta stopped that slide and gave him his first unrestricted speedway top-10 since May at Kansas.

It appears that the similarly-configured, 1.5-mile courses are becoming Almirola’s best track type, which means that players need to watch him closely in two weeks at Chicagoland. That will be his best opportunity to garner enough points to advance into the second round of the playoffs.
Sep 1 - 1:04 PM

Aric Almirola’s record on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks this year resembles a bell curve. He has three top-12 finishes at Texas, Kansas, and Charlotte, which are bracketed by a 25th at Vegas and 39th at Kentucky.

Almirola has had several bad runs since winning the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona and needs to turn his fortune around. In the past six races, his average finish is 26.3 and even if he improves on that, he might not be a great value in this week’s Oral-B USA 500.
Aug 29 - 10:04 AM

Aric Almirola was one of five victims in the lap-126 crash at Bristol. His was collected when Brian Vickers pinched Kyle Larson into the wall and spun. The damage on the No. 43 was severe enough that he could not continue.

That is Almirola’s second failure to finish because of crash damage since he secured his spot in the Chase at Daytona. His other attempts since the Coke Zero 400 have all been outside the top 15, which makes him a difficult pick with a big downside.
Aug 24 - 7:17 PM

Aric Almirola followed Kyle Larson into the wall in the first session of qualification. His car appears to have more damage than the No. 42 and may require a backup.

Almirola had the sixth-fastest speed in the first practice session was fourth-fastest in final practice, which makes two favorites to finish in the top 10 longshots before Saturday night’s race..
Aug 22 - 5:51 PM

Aric Almirola has earned only four top-10s this year, but he has shown consistency with top-20 finishes in 12 of the 23 races. He finished 20th in the Pure Michigan 400.

Almirola is useful in certain situations, but he has been a little hard to predict. One of his strongest runs this season was a third at Bristol, which is the site of this week’s Irwin Tools Night Race.
Aug 18 - 10:10 AM

Aric Almirola scored his best finish since winning the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona. He crossed under the checkers in the 18th position.

The Richard Petty Motorsports organization had a good day overall with teammate Marcos Ambrose’s second-place finish, but Almirola is going to have to pick up his performance if he is going to be fantasy relevant through the end of the season.
Aug 10 - 9:55 PM

Aric Almirola posted the fifth fastest single lap in final practice for the Cheez-it 355k at the Glen with a speed of 128.220 mph.

Almirola credited his speed to tips from teammate Marcos Ambrose. He should be able to beat his three-season average finish of 25.2 on road courses and that could make him attractive in some games.
Aug 8 - 6:51 PM

Aric Almirola’s victory in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona is increasingly important to the 2014 fate of the No. 43 team. With a 35th at Pocono, they now have six sub-20th-place results in their last seven oval races.

Almirola is not in jeopardy of missing the Chase because he is high enough in the points, but unless the team can turn their fortune around he will not have any momentum for the playoffs and will not be a good fantasy value until he stops the downward spiral.
Aug 4 - 10:59 AM

Aric Almirola finished 23rd and 21st in his last two flat track attempts at New Hampshire and Indy respectively.

Since these are also the two most recent races on the schedule that is the amount of momentum brings to this third consecutive flat track race. Look for another result in the low 20s in the Pennsylvania 400.
Aug 1 - 8:49 PM

Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) left the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and flew directly to the road course in Watkins Glen, New York for a two-day test session for Marcos Ambrose and Aric Almirola beginning today, July 28th.

The goal of the test will be to collect information to help give Ambrose and Almirola the best setup possible before returning in two weeks for the race. If Ambrose can win the event, it will help secure him and Almirola into the championship run at the end of the season. RPM heads to this test this week with Almirola nearly locked into The Chase and giving Ambrose its full efforts to secure his spot too.-Breaking Limits
Jul 28 - 7:48 PM

Since winning the Coke Zero 400 and making claim to one of the Chase slots, Aric Almirola has finished in the 20s in his last two races. He finished 21st in the Brickyard 400.

After hitting the wall in qualification and starting at the back of the pack, it seemed unlikely that he would crack the top 25. He beat that projection by four spots, so his effort could be described as a minor success.
Jul 28 - 10:23 AM

Aric Almirola will roll out a backup car after slapping the wall in qualification. He will give up his 41st place spot on the grid.

Since his incident happened in the first session of qualification he will drop only two positions. Almirola was not one of the favorites to finish in the top 15 this week, but now a top-25 also seems unlikely.
Jul 27 - 11:45 AM

Aric Almirola slapped the wall hard in the first qualification session for the Crown Royal 400 and retired for the afternoon. He will be forced to take an owner’s provisional to get into the race and will start at the back of the grid.

Things have not gone particularly well for Almirola since making a claim for his spot in the Chase with a victory at Daytona. Last week he finished 23rd after starting mid pack in 19th, so his odds of finishing well this week are not very good.
Jul 26 - 2:34 PM