Aric Almirola has made only one previous start in the Sprint Unlimited, but he ran well. Last year he finished sixth after qualifying eighth and hopes to start a top-10 streak this week.
Aric Almirola improved his performance in 2014 over the previous season and became one of drivers in the front half of the field more than 50 percent of the time. He finished 21st or better 19 times in 36 races.
Following a breakout year by the No. 43 team, including a historic win in the Coke Zero 400, the U.S. Air Force will once again join Richard Petty Motorsports and the iconic No. 43 Ford team as a primary partner.
In 2015, "Fresh From Florida" will again partner with Richard Petty Motorsports and Tampa area native Aric Almirola as the primary brand ambassador via events in two NASCAR series.
Univision Deportes, the sport division of Univision Communications Inc., the leading media company serving Hispanic America, announced today that Cuban American NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Aric Almirola is nominated for the Best Car Racing Performance Award in the inaugural Premios Univision Deportes awards.
Aric Almirola is another driver who might be considered as a solid dark horse this week. In his last three Homestead starts, he has a worst finish of 16th and two top-10s.
Aric Almirola and Jamie McMurray joined Clint Bowyer as the only drivers to top the 200 mph mark at Talladega in the first practice session for the Geico 500. Their speeds were 200.268 mph and 200.117 mph respectively.
Aric Almirola had another engine-related issue in the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas. He lost seven laps and finished 31st.
Back in Chase contention after finishing sixth in the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire, Aric Almirola needs another top-10 finish to advance into the Contender round of the playoffs—and even then, he will need a little help in the form of a bad finish by some of his competitors.
Aric Almirola finished sixth in the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and watched while half of the Chase contenders experienced one problem or another. He is still 16th in the standings, but only 10 point behind 12th position.
Aric Almirola posted back-to-back 20-something finishes in 2012 and then shocked the field with a fifth in summer 2013. His last two efforts have also ended in the 20s, so if the pattern holds, he could be ready to score another strong result.
Aric Almirola will pilot the Biagi-DenBeste No. 98 Ford Mustang in the Nationwide Series races at Chicagoland Speedway September 13 and Dover International Speedway September 27.
Since winning the Coke Zero 400 and qualifying for the Chase, Aric Almirola has been spiraling downward. His ninth-place finish in the Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta stopped that slide and gave him his first unrestricted speedway top-10 since May at Kansas.
Aric Almirola’s record on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks this year resembles a bell curve. He has three top-12 finishes at Texas, Kansas, and Charlotte, which are bracketed by a 25th at Vegas and 39th at Kentucky.