In the off-season, Richard Petty Motorsports took on the responsibility to hang their own bodies. This weekend, the No. 43 Fresh From Florida team will bring a brand new body to their first intermediate race of the season.
Almirola and the No. 43 Smithfield team went into the 57th Annual Daytona 500 with a strategy. After all the incidents in the Sprint Unlimited, practice, qualifying and the Duel races, the team decided to race in the back for the majority of the race to stay out of trouble.
Aric Almirola, driving in partnership with Biagi-DenBenste Racing, raced the No. 98 Fresh From Florida No. 98 to a seventh-place finish. Almirola made a potential winning move on the last lap before being blocked and sent into the wall by another car.
After two action-packed Duel races, Richard Petty Motorsports will focus on racing their way through the field in the 56th Annual Daytona 500 Sunday afternoon live on FOX. The No.43 racing team was involved in an incident in the race forcing Almirola and the No. 43 Smithfield team to finish 20th.
With a change to the rules for the 2015 Sprint Unlimited, Aric Almirola was eligible for the 2015 Sprint Unlimited since he made The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in 2014.