October 10, 2017, Blog, homeslider, Uncategorized
Richard Petty Motorsports
Bank of America 500 Race Report
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Bank of America 500 Race Results:
1: Martin Truex, Jr.
24: Aric Almirola, No. 43 Smithfield Ford
For the second consecutive week, Aric Almirola and the No. 43 Smithfield Ford team had a really fast car. Starting 24th in Sunday’s Bank of America 500 at the Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, Almirola raced to 13th before a loose wheel forced an unscheduled pit stop. The stop sent Almirola two laps down and fighting to get back on the Lead Lap in the final 100 laps of the race.
Almirola started 24th and the Smithfield team made adjustments early to help tighten the famed No. 43. The changes by Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer was the magic Almirola needed to become of the fastest cars on the track at the end of Stage 1. Almirola finished the stage 16th.
During Stage 2, Almirola was again one of the best cars on the track. He moved inside the Top-15 and nearly into the Top-10. The car just lost grip during the long run that ended the stage. The team then lined up 15th for the final stage.
Almirola didn’t have a good start to the final stage as the car became really loose. The car lacked grip and Almirola settled just outside the Top-15. The team made their scheduled pit stop for adjustments, but a loose wheel forced Almirola back down pit road for a bad vibration. The unscheduled stop put the team two laps down.
Twice, the team was able to come back from laps down, and Almirola got back on the Lead Lap as the race entered overtime. But, Almirola wasn’t close enough to pass any cars for position after restarting in the back. He finished 24th.
“We had a really fast Smithfield Ford for most of the day,” said Almirola. “At the end of the second stage, I felt like we were really close to getting the car to run in the Top-10. We’re not sure what happened after that, but the car or the track changed and we lost some of that speed. Then we lost track position with a loose wheel. After that, we had to just get back on the Lead Lap. We really had a lot more than where we finished today.”