“What a day in Watkins Glen,” said Almirola. “Road-course racing can be rough, and we saw that today, getting caught up in three separate accidents not of our own making. It definitely wasn’t the day that we set out to have, but my team fought through it and we worked with what we had in front of us. I hate that we couldn’t get the No. 43 Smithfield Ford Fusion a better finish.
“Watkins Glen was just repaved, and I think it’s going to change how we approach the race. I think the ‘s-turns’ will be much faster, and we’ll carry a lot more speed down into the bus stop. The whole race track will have a lot more grip. I’m hopeful that it won’t become a one-lane racetrack.
Aric Almirola’s weekend started with reflection on the fact that he would be making his 200th start in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, but when it came time to hit the track, Almirola was only focused on scoring a decent finish and turning his season around.
“I thought we had a much better car than where we finished at Pocono back in June. We had some bad luck strike that cost us a better finish, but I thought that we had a Top-15, or possibly even a Top-10 No. 43 Smithfield Ford. So I’m looking forward to going back to Pocono this weekend.
“We didn’t get the finish that we wanted, but my team worked hard today,” said Almirola. “This is a difficult track to get a handle on, and that got the best of us. But, my guys never gave up. They worked until the very last lap of the race to try and loosen me up and get us moving in the right direction.