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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 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

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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

There is minimal upside for Aric Almirola at Pocono Raceway in the No. 43 car. Sunday will mark his ninth start for this team on that track and he has yet to crack the top 15.

Only three of his attempts ended in the top 20, which suggests he is more likely to finish in the back half of the pack than near the front. Look for another driver at or below his salary cap level to make your sleeper.
Jun 3 - 10:23 AM

Aric Almirola has improved from his qualification attempt in 50 percent of his 12 NASCAR Cup starts in 2016. His best place-differential came in the Daytona 500, where he improved 22 spots to finish 12th.

That was also Almirola’s best finishing result of the season, which means he has not yet cracked the top 10 this year. Until he does, the No. 43 will not be a good value in most salary cap games.
May 20 - 7:22 PM

In a 50-race career on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks, Aric Almirola has earned seven top-10s. Three of these were earned at Kansas including eighth-place results in spring 2013 and 2014.

In 2013, Almirola swept the top 10 on this track type with another 10th in the fall. Last year, he earned a pair of 10th-place results at Chicagoland Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway, which has made this a track type on which he should be watched closely.
May 6 - 12:15 PM

Aric Almirola is not the first driver who comes to mind on short tracks, but he could be a great sleeper this week. Three of his last four Bristol Motor Speedway attempts ended in top-20 results.

In fact, Almirola has a best result of third in that span of time in the spring 2014 race and if not for an accident later that fall, he would probably have a four-race, top-20 streak to his credit at this track. Almirola took a huge hit in salary cap value this week and that could make him an even better sleeper.
Apr 13 - 12:02 AM

One of his best tracks with 13 starts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Aric Almirola (#43 Smithfield Ford Fusion) has a top-finish of third place at Bristol Motor Speedway in the 2014 spring race.

He qualified for his best starting spot of fifth position in the 2012 fall race. Almirola has five starts in the XFINITY Series at Bristol with his best finish of fifth coming in the 2011 season. He has started 15th three times at BMS in the XFINITY Series races. He will also be competing in Saturday's XFINITY race in the #98 Fresh From Florida Ford for Biagi-DenBeste. This will be his fifth XFINITY race of the 2016 season.-Breaking Limits
Apr 12 - 10:02 PM

Aric Almirola has not yet cracked the top 10 in 2016, but with three top-15s in five starts he is solidly in the top 16 in the points’ standings. Almirola currently sits in 13th ahead of Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Matt Kenseth, and Chase Elliott.

Almirola does not get the attention he deserves from the media and this makes him a differentiator for many fantasy players. Two of his three top-15s came on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks and teammate Brian Scott has been stronger on that course type than others so that is where owners want to concentrate. Of course, with only five races in the books, the sample is pretty small.
Apr 2 - 2:07 PM

Aric Almirola fell from seventh to 24th in the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He was the first driver one lap off the pace.

Almirola cost his fantasy owners 17 place-differential points, which made him one of the biggest losers during the afternoon. Racers have short memories and he should run reasonably well on the drivers’ track of Phoenix International Raceway next week, but fantasy owners have to give the No. 43 some serious consideration before activating him.
Mar 6 - 11:59 PM

Aric Almirola paces the afternoon test session at Las Vegas Motor Speedway leading up to Sunday's Kobalt 400.

His lap of 192.940 mph in the #43 Smithfield Ford Fusion led the 38 cars out on the track for the Thursday afternoon session. #3 Austin Dillon, #21 Ryan Blaney, #41 Kurt Busch and #16 Greg Biffle rounded out the top five on the speed chart. David Ragan, in the #23 Dr Pepper Toyota Camry, was the slowest.
Mar 3 - 8:16 PM

Aric Almirola (#43 Smithfield Ford Fusion) scored two consecutive Top-15 finishes to start the 2016 season (12th in the historic Daytona 500 and 15th in Atlanta).

The positive momentum has the team ready to take on Las Vegas Motor Speedway. To get extra laps under his belt before the Sprint Cup Series, Almirola will participate in Thursday's test sessions and compete in Saturday's XFINITY Series in the #98 Ford for Biagi-DenBeste Racing. Almirola hopes that the additional on-track experience throughout the weekend will help produce a great finish in Sunday's Kobalt 400 and keep him in the Top-10 in points.-Breaking Limits
Mar 2 - 10:30 AM

Aric Almirola sustained some damage in the pits at Atlanta. He backed into another car and dented the back bumper.

The damage is mostly cosmetic and should not hurt his odds any. Last year, he finished 11th in this race and was ninth in summer 2014.
Feb 26 - 11:42 AM

Kurt Busch spun in a single-car crash with a handful of laps remaining, but NASCAR did not throw a caution. Meanwhile in an unrelated incident, Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards triggered a multi-car accident that also collected Kyle Busch, Aric Almirola, and Casey Mears.

At this stage of the race no one will lift and Mears was part of the catalyst for the wreck. The field is shrinking and the race will go into overtime. Edwards ultimately took responsibility for the accident.
Feb 13 - 10:06 PM