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

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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

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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

Born with spina bifida, Samuel Sawyer overcomes adversity each day and inspires all around him, including his father, Mike, who has served in the Navy for over 25 years. Friday, Eckrich and Richard Petty Motorsports honored the family and Samuel with an unexpected gift at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Samuel, 11, was surprised by "The King" Richard Petty and Aric Almirola, with a custom-made power wheelchair designed like the No. 43 paint scheme that Almirola will race this weekend. The chair was Petty blue and Eckrich green with the famous No. 43 on the back of the chair, giving Samuel the most unique and fastest power wheelchair available.-Breaking Limits
Jul 25 - 9:01 PM

When Aric Almirola was racing part time schedules in relief of Mark Martin, Indianapolis Motor Speedway was not a track he got to race. He will make only his third start on this track on Sunday.

Almirola’s record is brief but shows promise as a mid-level pick. He finished 19th in 2012 and was 17th last year. If he can continue to show a little progress, he could earn a top-15 finish this week.
Jul 25 - 7:09 PM

Almirola could be the greatest beneficiary of NASCAR’s new Chase rules that reward drivers for winning a race during the regular season by making them part of the playoffs.

Almirola has one victory, another top-five, and two more top-10s and that has occasionally made him one of this season’s top values in fantasy NASCAR. Unfortunately, he has finished outside the top 20 in more than half his starts this season and it is going to be difficult to remain relevant during the Chase or among fantasy players unless he can reverse this trend.
Jul 17 - 3:40 PM

NASCAR has a way of quickly humbling drivers. One week after scoring his career-first win at Daytona, Almirola wrecked in practice at New Hampshire and failed to fully recover during the race. He finished 23rd in the Camping World RV Sales 301.

Worse still, he was never in contention to score a top-10 finish with an average running position of 22.849. That was the 23rd-best in the field, suggesting that he finished exactly where he should.
Jul 13 - 9:40 PM

Aric Almirola lost a left rear tire spun in turn three at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Saturday morning’s practice session and slammed the wall hard. He will be forced into a backup car.

Almirola will have to give up his 19th-place starting position on a track where passing can be difficult. In three short, flat track races this year, his best finish was an eighth at Martinsville and that will be difficult to replicate after starting from the back. The incident was almost identical to Friday's crash that claimed Joey Logano's car
Jul 12 - 9:35 AM

Now with a spot in The Chase for the Sprint Cup, Aric Almirola and the No. 43 team are focused on continuing to move up in the championship point standings and race for more wins.

This weekend, he looks to improve on the Top-Five finish he scored in the July race last year. The fifth-place finished marked his best of seven Sprint Cup starts at the track. He also has one Nationwide and five Truck Series starts where he has scored one Top-Five and three Top-10 finishes.-Breaking Limits
Jul 9 - 10:31 AM

Aric Almirola wins the 56th Annual Coke Zero 400, his first victory in 125 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.

This is the No. 43 Ford Fusion driver's fourth top-10 finish in 2014. It is his first top-10 finish in seven races at Daytona. Almirola is the 43rd driver to drive the famed No. 43 car in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Prior to today's win, the last time the No. 43 car visited Victory Lane at Daytona was 7/4/1984 with NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty behind the wheel. The last time the No. 43 car won in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series was at Martinsville Speedway (4/18/1999) with driver John Andretti.
Jul 6 - 3:56 PM

The No. 43 team will proudly carry red, white and blue colors with the U.S. Air Force on the hood of the iconic car for this holiday weekend in support of all the men and women that keep our country safe.

Caught up in the "Big One" in the Daytona 500 earlier this season, Almirola looks for redemption at the 2.5-mile superspeedway. The team showed speed in the Daytona 500 earlier this year and backed it up at Talladega Superspeedway when the team took home a 13th-place finish.-Breaking Limits
Jul 1 - 8:12 PM

Aric Almirola and the No. 43 Eckrich team are prepared to continue their consistency at intermediate tracks.

At the last three 1.5-mile tracks, Almirola and team scored Top-12 finishes with a best finish of eighth at Kansas. He has seven starts at the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway including two Sprint Cup Series starts. He scored three Top-Six finishes in his seven starts and a best finish of third in the 2010 Truck Series race.-Breaking Limits
Jun 24 - 9:05 PM

Despite not being a road course specialist, Sonoma Raceway is a track Aric Almirola enjoys.

He and the team dialed in the No. 43 Nathan's Famous Ford recently at Carolina MotorSports Park with a day test at the road course. He has three starts at Sonoma and six total road course starts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Last season, he posted his best Sonoma finish of 20th gaining eight spots from the following years.-Breaking Limits
Jun 19 - 12:07 PM

Aric Almirola and the No. 43 Nathan's Famous team scored their fourth consecutive Top-15 finish last weekend at Dover.

The team looks to keep up the consistency and hopes to improve with a Top-10 finish this weekend at Pocono (Penn.) Raceway. A Top-10 will be an uphill battle for the team. Almirola has just four starts at the "Tricky Triangle" in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and a best finish of 18th.-Breaking Limits
Jun 3 - 9:31 PM