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Team: Richard Petty Motorsports-43
Age / DOB:  (30) / 3/14/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 160

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Aric Almirola recorded two top-10s on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks last year with Richard Petty Motorsports.
Almirola’s best finish came at Kansas in the 5-Hour Energy 400, but he also finished in the top 10 at Atlanta with a ninth. He is far from a sure thing, however, because Almirola finished outside the top 20 in his last four attempts on this track type. Feb 27 - 9:52 PM

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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.

Almirola qualified for the Chase last year with a victory at Daytona, so he knows how to get to and stay up front on a plate track. He is one driver who could catch your competition by surprise.
Feb 14 - 9:27 AM

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.

Overall, Richard Petty Motorsports was much improved last year and that trend should continue even with the loss of veteran Marcos Ambrose in the sister car. Sam Hornish Jr. may take a few races to regain his rhythm, but Almirola should not suffer a setback.
Feb 9 - 1:51 PM

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.

Using the sponsorship as a vehicle to connect with America's best young adults, this will be the seventh consecutive season the Air Force logo will be on the No. 43. Aric Almirola will once again pilot the No. 43 Air Force Racing Ford for the two most patriotic race weekends of the year: Memorial Day weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway and the Fourth of July weekend race at Daytona International Speedway. In addition, Almirola will continue to support at-track swear-ins for the Delayed Entry Program (DEP) and entertain active duty military guests. Also, the U.S. Air Force will remain an associate partner on the historic No. 43 for the entirety of the 2015 season.-Breaking Limits
Jan 28 - 2:28 PM

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.

"Fresh From Florida", a marketing, advertising and promotional campaign focused on building awareness and sales of fresh seafood, produce and other Florida products, will be featured on the famed No. 43 Sprint Cup car at Atlanta in March and Talladega in May and have associate placement at Martinsville, Bristol, Richmond, Charlotte, Kentucky and Darlington. They will also support Almirola in both NASCAR XFINITY Series races at Daytona International Speedway.-Breaking Limits
Mon, Nov 24, 2014 12:56:00 PM

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.

The two-hour show (Dec. 18) is the ultimate sports award show for U.S. Hispanics honoring top athletes and teams from the leagues and sports that Hispanics care about most. Nomination is based on athletic performance and accomplishments in 2014. Almirola became the first Cuban American driver to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race when he captured his first win in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona in July.-Breaking Limits
Wed, Nov 19, 2014 08:18:00 PM

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.

Almirola is one of several drivers racing for pride at Homestead. He will almost certainly finish 16th in the point standings, but could be fantasy relevant with a solid top-10 finish.
Fri, Nov 14, 2014 12:55:00 PM

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.

NASCAR likes to flirt with the 200 mph mark and so long as the cars demonstrate stability, there will not be any additional measures to slow them down.
Fri, Oct 17, 2014 03:42:00 PM

Aric Almirola had another engine-related issue in the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas. He lost seven laps and finished 31st.

Almirola qualified third and was running reasonably well before this incident. Luck cannot be factored into fantasy handicaps, but there is often no escaping its impact.
Mon, Oct 6, 2014 03:21:00 PM

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.

Strictly by the numbers, that would seem to be a difficult task because Almirola has only one previous top-10 at Dover. He finished sixth in his inaugural attempt in 2012, but has been consistent since then with a worst effort of 22nd and an average of 15.4. This spring, he finished 12th in the FedEx 400.
Wed, Sep 24, 2014 04:03:00 PM

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.

In order to advance to the Contender round, he still needs help in the form of additional problems for the Chase contenders who are most vulnerable in the points standings, but regardless of the his outcome next week, he proved an ability to focus on the need at hand. Moreover, Dover is one of the most treacherous tracks on the circuit, so there is a strong possibility that accidents among the Chasers will continue.
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 08:42:00 PM

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.

Patterns such as these are interesting, but not particularly predictive. However, Almirola was running strong at Chicagoland in the MyAFibStory.com 400 before blowing an engine and that makes him a driver worthy of attention. If he practices well, he could make his way onto a few fantasy rosters.
Thu, Sep 18, 2014 04:16:00 PM

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.

Smithfield will adorn the No. 98 Ford Mustang for both events. As Almirola and the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Sprint Cup Series team competes for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Almirola hopes the extra track time will prove beneficial for the Sprint Cup Series races at both tracks and propel the team through the first round to advance into the Contender round.
Fri, Sep 5, 2014 09:47:00 AM

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.

It appears that the similarly-configured, 1.5-mile courses are becoming Almirola’s best track type, which means that players need to watch him closely in two weeks at Chicagoland. That will be his best opportunity to garner enough points to advance into the second round of the playoffs.
Mon, Sep 1, 2014 01:04:00 PM

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.

Almirola has had several bad runs since winning the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona and needs to turn his fortune around. In the past six races, his average finish is 26.3 and even if he improves on that, he might not be a great value in this week’s Oral-B USA 500.
Fri, Aug 29, 2014 10:04:00 AM