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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 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

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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

This weekend at Pocono Raceway is a monumental one for Aric Almirola; it marks his 200th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start.

This is Almirola's fifth full season with Richard Petty Motorsports, and 170 of his 200 starts have been with the team. During his time in the Sprint Cup Series, Almirola has scored one win at Daytona International Speedway in 2014. He has nine previous starts at "The Tricky Triangle". He tied his best finish of 18th place in the 2012 and 2015 seasons. Earlier this year, Almirola competed in the track's inaugural XFINITY Series race and finished in the 11th position.-Breaking Limits
Jul 26 - 11:39 PM

Aric Almirola could be this week’s top dark horse on the flat New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Dating back to last November’s Goody’s 500 at Martinsville Speedway, he had finished on the lead lap in all but one of six flat track races. He blew an engine in the other event.

Almirola has nearly always been in the front half of the pack on this track type. He has one 21st-place finish and a 20th in that six-race span, which is countered by a 10th and 13th at Phoenix International Raceway. The last time he was at New Hampshire, however, he crashed and finished last. If he stays out of trouble, he could be this week’s best value.
Jul 15 - 12:56 PM

Sprint Cup driver Aric Almirola (#43 Ford Fusion) won the Subway Firecracker 250, his second victory in 93 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) races.

He drove the No. 98 Fresh From Florida Ford Mustang to his first victory and third top-10 NXS finish in 2016. This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in eight NXS races at Daytona. Justin Allgaier (second) posted his sixth top-10 finish in 12 races at Daytona. It is his 12th top-10 finish in 2016. Ryan Sieg (third) posted his third top-10 finish in six races at Daytona. Erik Jones (10th) was the highest finishing rookie. Daniel Suarez leads the point standings by 6 points over Elliott Sadler.
Jul 2 - 4:45 PM

Fantasy players looking for a good differentiator this week, might want to pay close attention to Aric Almirola. His last three road course attempts ended in top-20 results.

Almirola was 18th in 2014 at the Glen, 14th in last year’s Sonoma Raceway event, and 16th back at the Glen. His 2014 Toyota / Save Mart 350 attempt landed 23rd, which is close enough to mid-pack to keep him from costing very many points.
Jun 24 - 4:48 PM

With a field of 40 cars as a maximum in 2016 for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, finishing 20th or better is a very important fantasy metric. In the first 15 races of this season, Aric Almirola has earned five top-20s.

Almirola has not yet cracked the top 10, so he has not been on a lot of fantasy radar screens. He came close once with a 12th in the Daytona 500 and was 13th at Phoenix International Raceway the following week. In the last four weeks, his best effort came at Pocono when he finished 20th. He should not anchor very many fantasy rosters.
Jun 16 - 3:57 PM