Almirola started the 400-mile race from 21st but fell to 27th by Lap 10 and told the crew that the No. 43 “Petty Blue” Ford struggled turning and was really loose in the entry of the corner. A long green-flag run put the team a lap down before they could work on the Ford Fusion’s handling.
Dover is very physically demanding. It is very rough and fast. It takes your undivided attention every single lap of that race. It’s a tough race. We ran 12th there earlier this year so I think we have the potential to have a really strong run.
After starting from the 21st position, Aric Almirola and the No. 43 Smithfield team rallied to a sixth-place finish in the 300-lap race. The team had a lot of ground to make up in The Chase standings after an engine failure at Chicago. Their third Top-10 finish in four races cut the point deficit by more than half.
Aric Almirola and the No. 43 team had a strong showing in Chicago before an engine failure resulted in a 41st-place finish. Now 16th in points and 23 points outside of the Top-12, Almirola and the team are focused on winning in the next two races in order to advance to the Contender Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
Almirola took the green flag at Chicagoland Speedway from the 23rd position. He raced in the Top-25 and worked on a tight in the center of the corner condition and side bite during a green-flag pit stop on Lap 45. Debris in Turn Two brought out the first caution on Lap 68 and allowed the team to continue work on the No. 43 Eckrich Ford.