October 2, 2017, Blog, homeslider, Uncategorized
Richard Petty Motorsports
Apache Warrior 400 Race Report
Dover International Speedway
Apache Warrior 400 Race Results:
1: Kyle Busch
25: Aric Almirola, No. 43 Smithfield Ford
Aric Almirola and the No. 43 Smithfield Ford team had two untimely cautions ultimately define their efforts during Sunday’s Apache Warrior 400 at the Dover (Del.) International Speedway.
The Smithfield team started 14th, and Almirola found speed in the No. 43 the longer the race went green in the first Stage. Almirola had settled into the 20th position and came to pit road on Lap 82 to get fresh tires and fuel. The remainder of the field was also pitting under green when a car slammed into the barriers at the beginning of pit road. The accident resulted in a red and yellow flag, and because a handful of cars had yet to pit, Almirola was trapped two laps down.
The team was forced to take two “wave around” passes to get back on the Lead Lap. Almirola was advancing forward when he had to pit for fuel on Lap 148. Soon after, again, the caution waved. And yet again, Almirola was caught two laps down and in 31st.
The team took another wave around to advance to 29th and only one lap down. The race then went green, only to slow for the end of Stage 2, for the rest of the day. The Smithfield Ford was still fast and Almirola advanced as high as possible on his Lap. He finished the day 25th.
“It’s unfortunate,” said Almirola. “We had a really good car all weekend, but we had terrible luck with the timing of the only two cautions for accidents today. This is probably the best car I’ve had at Dover to only finish 25th. The Smithfield crew gave me a good car, but we didn’t get t the result we all wanted.”