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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 survived the Alabama 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway and finished fifth after starting 26th.
Almirola’s 25 place-differential points made him one of the top values this week. He had a strong plate record, but probably flew under most players’ radar screens. If you had him on your roster: kudos. Oct 15 - 7:38 PM

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After securing his second victory for the Biagi DenBeste Racing team at Talladega Superspeedway, co-owners Bill and Lori DenBeste asked driver Aric Almirola what his favorite color was.

After answering that it was is red, Almirola didn't think anything of it. Little did he know that he would receive a classic Shelby to celebrate his wins. The DenBestes gifted Almirola a 1965 Shelby 427 Cobra CSX 6086, black with a red stripe. The DenBestes are owners of the world's largest Cobra dealership, DenBeste Motorsports. With the world's largest inventory of Shelby Cobras, picking out Almirola's car was as easy as going to their shop based in Windsor, Calif.
Sep 20 - 4:29 PM

Aric Almirola (No. 43 Smithfield Ford Fusion) heads to Bristol Motor Speedway under the lights for double duty.

He has 16 Monster Energy Series starts at Bristol where he scored one Top-Five, two Top-10 and six Top-15 finishes. He scored his best finish of fifth in 2014. Earlier this season, the team battled rain and came home with a 22nd-place finish in the postponed race. Almirola will return to the cockpit of the No. 98 Fresh From Florida Ford Mustang for the first time since his win at Talladega Superspeedway. Looking to make another appearance in Victory Lane, Almirola has six XFINITY Series starts where he scored one Top-Five and four Top-10 finishes. He finished 10th in his last XFINITY race at Bristol last season with Biagi DenBeste Racing.-Richard Petty Motorsports
Aug 17 - 3:38 PM

In his return to the seat of a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup, Aric Almirola qualified 22nd for the Overton's 301 at New Hampshire International Speedway.

It will undoubtedly take a little while for him to get fully up to speed, but he should be watched closely this week. Drivers who run well here will also perform well at Pocono Raceway and Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Jul 14 - 7:09 PM

Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) driver Aric Almirola, who suffered an acute compression fracture to his T5 Vertebra after a multi-car accident at Kansas Speedway in May, will return to Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competition this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The injury, which has a standard healing time of eight to 12 weeks, took eight weeks for Almirola to recover. Throughout the recovery process, Almirola did physical therapy, swam and tested in a simulation and on track environment. A test yesterday at Charlotte Motor Speedway was the final step in a multi-step process to return. He will return to the seat of the "Petty Blue" No. 43 Smithfield Ford Fusion at the one-mile track where he has scored one Top-Five and two Top-10 finishes.-RPM
Jul 12 - 11:46 AM

Aric Almirola, who suffered a compression fracture to his T5 Vertebra in a multi-car crash at Kansas Speedway on May 13, will test on Tuesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Drew Blickensderfer, crew chief of the No. 43 Ford, told the Motor Racing Network. "Once the car feels comfortable we'll let him run 30 laps... make sure there's no soreness. ...we are going to come down pit road and jack it (the car) up and drop the jack. One of the hardest hits they take is when they drop the jack on the left side during a pit stop. We are going to have him come down pit road and get on the brakes hard and make sure he feels the tug on the seat belts as he's feeling that going forward."
Source: MRN
Jul 8 - 11:47 AM

Aric Almirola, the driver of the No. 43 Petty Enterprises Ford, who crushed his T5 vertebra in a wreck at Kansas Speedway on May 13, received a positive report from his doctors following a CT scan on Wednesday.

"Good news from the docs," Almirola said in a text. "My CT scan shows really good bone growth in the damaged vertebrae. Doctors were pleased and have cleared me to test in the next two weeks. As long as that goes well and I have no pain, I will be cleared to resume competition." Almirola, 33, hopes to return to competition in time for the Monster Energy Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 16.
Jun 29 - 9:16 AM

Aric Almirola was swept into a lap-200 crash that was triggered by Joey Logano exploding a right front brake rotor. Running through the debris field and unable to slow, he piled into Logano and Danica Patrick.

Almirola’s car burst into flames, but the heaviest impact came when his Ford launched into the air and slammed down heavily on its rear tires. Almirola was transported to the University of Kansas Medical Center. He will be kept overnight for observation
May 14 - 12:39 AM

The Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 Ford team received an L1-level penalty from NASCAR on Wednesday after the car failed post-race inspection following the GEICO 500 at Talladega.

According to NASCAR, the car failed post-race rear wheel steer on the LIS. Crew chief Drew Blickensderfer was fined $65,000 and suspended from the next three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points events. The team was assessed with the loss of 35 driver and 35 owner points. Aric Almirola drove the No. 43 Ford to a fourth-place finish in the GEICO 500, matching his highest finish of the season (he was also fourth at the Daytona 500). His race finish is now
May 10 - 3:23 PM

Aric Almirola finished fourth in the Geico 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway after starting the afternoon 22nd.

The place-differential points added to his total made Almirola one of the top values of the week. Almirola also finished fourth in the Daytona 500 this February to give him back-to-back top-fives on plate tracks. He should be highly regarded when the series rolls back on Daytona in the summer.
May 7 - 6:42 PM

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular Aric Almirola (No. 43 Ford Fusion), driving the No. 98 Fresh from Florida Ford Mustang, won the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) Sparks Energy 300 at Talladega Superspeedway (TSS).

It was his third victory in 99 NXS races and his first top-10 NXS finish in 2017. It was also his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in five NXS races at TSS. Elliott Sadler (second) posted his sixth top-10 finish in nine races at TSS. It is his eighth top-10 finish in 2017. Cup driver Joey Logano (third) posted his seventh top-10 finish in eight NXS races at TSS. Matt Tifft (sixth) was the highest finishing Rookie of the Year contender. Elliott Sadler leads the NXS point standings by 29 points over Justin Allgaier (finished eighth).
May 6 - 5:12 PM

Aric Almirola has earned three straight top-15s on restrictor-plate, superspeedways, with each result getting progressively better than the last.

Almirola finished 15th last July at Daytona International Speedway, was eighth at Talladega SuperSpeedway, and fourth in this year’s 500. His streak of improvements will likely end this week, but if he is able to finish in the top 15 again, he could be worth starting if he fits the appropriate niche on the roster.
May 5 - 12:33 PM

Aric Almirola spent only a dozen or so laps in the top 10 Sunday in the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway, but one of them was the final trip around the track and it gave him a ninth-place finish.

This was the first time since the Daytona International Speedway that Almirola finished in the top 10. One had the sense that there was a little more potential in the Richard Petty Motorsports car and now that they have cracked this mark, they might be able to record top-15s with greater frequency.
Apr 30 - 7:23 PM

Aric Almirola is riding a current five-race, top-20 steak that started with a 14th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Almirola failed to complete four laps the week prior at Atlanta Motor Speedway, but he has finished on the lead lap in every race since. Most of his efforts this year have ended better than they started, which means he has been adding place-differential points each week. His average starting position in the past six races is 25.8, which he improved seven spots to 18.8 at the finish.
Apr 14 - 9:37 AM

Aric Almirola scored back-to-back top-10s on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks in 2015 with a pair of 10ths at Chicagoland Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway that fall. He has not earned another top-10 on a similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track since.

Almirola only has three top-15s in the intervening 14 races. Fantasy owners will not want to risk too much on this driver just yet. One of his top-15s came in the latest outing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, however, so if he can earn another consecutive top-15, he could be of interest at Charlotte and Kansas this summer.
Apr 8 - 3:25 AM