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.
Aric Almirola was one of five victims in the lap-126 crash at Bristol. His was collected when Brian Vickers pinched Kyle Larson into the wall and spun. The damage on the No. 43 was severe enough that he could not continue.
Aric Almirola followed Kyle Larson into the wall in the first session of qualification. His car appears to have more damage than the No. 42 and may require a backup.
Aric Almirola has earned only four top-10s this year, but he has shown consistency with top-20 finishes in 12 of the 23 races. He finished 20th in the Pure Michigan 400.
Aric Almirola scored his best finish since winning the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona. He crossed under the checkers in the 18th position.