March 23, 2017
Consistency Key in California for Almirola and Smithfield Team
Top-15 Finish in Vegas has Team Optimistic
WEEKEND STATISTICS AND NOTES
After a scoring a Top-15 finish in Vegas, the No. 43 Smithfield team looks forward to another intermediate race this weekend at Auto Club Speedway. Aric Almirola is 17th in the Championship Points and looking for a solid finish this weekend. The team continues to work on their program looking for results and consistency this season and California.
Almirola made nine Monster Energy Series starts at Auto Club Speedway and earned two Top-15 finishes. He scored his best finish of 11th in 2015.
Richard Petty will join other Auto Club Speedway legends and past winners to the Fan Zone Main Stage for great stories and some good bench racing. Petty joins Roger Penske, Michael Waltrip, and Rusty Wallace.
When: Sunday, March 26, 9:40 a.m.
Where: Fan Zone Main Stage
Almirola will stop by the Air Force display to sign autographs before he hops into the No. 43 Ford for the Auto Club 400.
When: Sunday, March 26, 9:50 a.m.
Where: Air Force display in the Fan Zone
ALMIROLA WEEKEND CHATTER
“I like racing in California. You can race all over the track to find the grip and speed you need. But the teams are really tricky making it one of the toughest places we race in terms of how you position your car on the track. We had a good finish in Vegas, and we’re looking to repeat that this week in California. We’ve worked really hard on our intermediate program and are looking forward to that hard work paying off. Hopefully, that will happen this weekend.”