Aric Almirola kicked off the Official NASCAR Throwback weekend by debuting a Richard Petty-like mustache and 1984 replica firesuit. The No. 43 STP Ford team threw back to Petty’s 1984 200th victory with a “Petty Blue” and Dayglo Orange Ford Fusion. The team felt pretty good about their car and secured a 15th-place starting spot.
FS1 and NASCAR Productions are taking fans both around the world and back in time with the third season of the acclaimed short film series “Beyond the Wheel.” From the ’90s in Japan to present-day Cuba, the documentaries bring a new perspective to some of NASCAR’s most remarkable moments through never-before-seen footage and interviews with the sport’s most fascinating characters and legends.
“Darlington is definitely a very difficult race track. They call it Too Tough to Tame for a reason. 500 miles takes a lot of focus. The wall can jump out and bite you very easily. We’ll work to get the best handling we can in practice and focus on keeping the car clean all weekend to be there at the finish. It’s really cool to throw back to Richard’s 200th win.
It was not the No. 43 Smithfield Ford team’s night at Bristol Motor Speedway. The race started with tire issues and resulted in an early exit for broken power steering. Aric Almirola started the race under the lights from the 28th spot.
Aric Almirola heads to Bristol Motor Speedway under the lights for double duty. Last weekend, Almirola and the No. 43 Smithfield team posted a Top-15 finish and look to carry that momentum to the high-banked short track this weekend.