“I’m okay, just disappointed,” said Almirola. “What an amazing race car these guys brought me – two of them – and to go out like that is certainly disappointing, but that’s racing at Bristol – you get caught up in other peoples’ wrecks. It’s frustrating. It’s certainly not the way we wanted to end our day.
“I think that Bristol puts on an awesome race. We obviously don’t have to wreck each other to pass anymore, so the fans may not like it as much. I love that track. We’ve run really well there.
“No way,” exclaimed Wright after seeing Almirola pull up in his design. “I can’t believe this. It was really cool to see it on a model car, but to see it on the real race car, this is unbelievable. I can’t wait to see it on the track this weekend. This is great that Eckrich, Aric and Richard Petty Motorsports are supporting families like mine.
“Each week that we have Eckrich on the racecar, we participate in their ‘Operation Inspiration’ campaign. It is such an honor to help Eckrich thank military members and their families for everything that they have sacrificed for our freedom. I’m proud to represent them once again this weekend.”
“Our team fought hard all day,” said Almirola. “Overall, I think we had a good car, but everyone was fighting hard for track position. We were able to avoid some of those big wrecks, and even though we received some damage and had to come down pit road when we really didn’t need to, I think we did a good job making up the ground that we lost.”