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Aric Almirola

Team: Richard Petty Motorsports-43
Age / DOB:  (33) / 3/14/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 160

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Aric Almirola has finished better than he started in his last seven attempts on two-mile unrestricted, intermediate speedways. The odds are good that he will earn positive place-differential points again this weekend.
One of Almirola’s better advancements came in the 2015 Auto Club 400. He started 23rd in that event and moved up to 11th at the end. He is still seeking his first career top-10 on this course and while that is a longshot for this Sunday, he could be a good value at his salary cap level. Mar 21 - 8:50 PM

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Aric Almirola entered last fall’s Can-Am 500 with a nine-race streak of finishing on the lead lap at Phoenix International Raceway. He lost two in that event and finished 22nd.

Still, Almirola finished five positions better than he qualified, which minimized the damage. In the nine previous races when he completed the distance, he swept the top 20 with a best of 10th.
Mar 18 - 11:57 AM

Aric Almirola failed to score a single top-10 on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks last year and he started this season with a 27th at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

His average finish in the last 11 races on this track type has been about 24th. That is where players should expect him to land this week as well. Pan accordingly.
Mar 7 - 6:06 PM

Aric Almirola enters the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 with four top-20s and they have all come in his last four attempts.

Almirola finished 20th in 2013, which was his third attempt on this track. He improved greatly the next year to earn his first and so far only top-10: a ninth in the Oral-B USA 500. Since then, he has run well but progressively slipped down the grid with an 11th and 15th. Almirola qualified only 30th on Friday, but last year he started 27th and earned a lot of place-differential points.
Mar 4 - 10:58 AM

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular Aric Almirola (No. 43 Ford Fusion), driving the No. 98 Fresh From Florida Ford Mustang led the first practice session for the XFINITY Series Rinnai 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The lap of 181.372 mph was the best of the 34 cars completing laps in this session. Cup regulars Kyle Busch (driving the No. 18 Toyota), Kevin Harvick (in the No. 41 Mustang) and Brad Keselowski (in the No. 22 Mustang) were second thru fourth fastest, respectively. The top NXS regular, No. 23 Spencer Gallagher, logged a fifth best lap of 180.070 mph lap. No. 52 Camaro driver, Joey Gase, was the slowest.
Mar 3 - 12:23 PM

Aric Almirola earned his second career top-five at Daytona International Speedway when he crossed under the checkers fourth in the 59th running of the 500.

Almirola used a little strategy to get to the front, but he managed to stay with the leaders through the closing laps. While this is only his second ever top-five on this track, it is the fifth time in the past six races that he scored a top-15.
Feb 26 - 6:49 PM

Aric Almirola posted the second-fastest speed in Saturday’s practice for the Daytona 500 with a lap of 193.054 mph.

Richard Petty Motorsports will field only one car this year and they hope that being able to focus on Almirola will help improve their results. One cannot make many predictions based on Daytona International Speedway, but this is certainly a step in the right direction.
Feb 18 - 3:33 PM

With only one top-10 in his career at Daytona International Speedway, Aric Almirola will not anchor many fantasy rosters, but he could be one of the top choices to ‘center’ the lineup.

Almirola qualified for the 2014 playoffs with a rains-shortened victory in the Coke Zero 400. That is his only top-10 on this track, but three of his last four attempts ended in top-15s and that suggests he is capable of staying out of trouble. Almirola will not be front-of-mind for most fantasy players, so this makes him a great differentiator for one of the mid-cap spots.
Feb 16 - 12:11 PM

On the strength of a three-race, top-15 streak Aric Almirola has his best recent record at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Almirola scored a ninth there in 2014, an 11th in 2015, and a 15th last year despite sustaining crash damage on the final lap to finish two circuits off the pace. His best track that hosts more than one race per year is Richmond International Raceway where he has a 14.83 average with one top-five and another top-10 in the past three years. Both Atlanta and Richmond hosts races early in the season.
Jan 7 - 12:49 PM

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.
Tue, Nov 29, 2016 08:16:00 PM

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.
Sat, Nov 12, 2016 06:52:00 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
Wed, Nov 9, 2016 02:58:00 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.
Wed, Nov 2, 2016 09:25:00 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.
Sun, Oct 23, 2016 08:54:00 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.
Fri, Oct 21, 2016 05:11:00 PM