July 6, 2016
Richard Petty Motorsports
Subway Firecracker 250 Race Report
Daytona International Speedway
Subway Firecracker 250 Results:
1: Aric Almirola, No. 98 Fresh From Florida Ford
It was a great night for Aric Almirola and the No. 98 Fresh From Florida Ford team at Biagi DenBeste Racing. After a nail-biting finish that had Almirola ahead of Justin Allgaier by just inches at the time of the caution to end the race, Almirola walked with his car to Victory Lane after running out of fuel during his burnout. This is the second win for Biagi DenBeste Racing and the first win for Jon Hanson as a Crew Chief.
Almirola started the night with a feeling that he had a fast No. 98 Fresh From Florida Ford Mustang. After rolling off in the 23rd position, Almirola quickly found his comfort spot on the bottom lane and ran there as often as possible. In a caution-filled race, Almirola kept his Ford Mustang clean to be a contender in the race in the closing laps. Almirola was in the second position for majority of the second half of the race. When the race went into overtime, he was in second place and leading the outside lane. Quickly getting to the bottom, he was leading on the final lap when cars wrecked behind him. NASCAR didn’t immediately throw a caution, and Allgaier closed in. When the caution flew, NASCAR declared Almirola the winner after five minutes of watching replays.
Almirola scored a NASCAR XFINITY Series win in 2007 after being relieved in the car by Denny Hamlin. Although Hamlin drove the car to victory, Almirola was scored with the win. Not taking the winner’s trophy or money from the race, Almirola felt like this win wasn’t actually his. But, tonight was his win, and this time he’ll take the trophy. He is one of only 26 drivers to win in all three NASCAR national touring series.
“I thought from the start of the race that I had a No. 98 Fresh From Florida Ford Fusion that was capable of winning,” said Almirola. “It showed a lot of promise all night long. And, it was an emotional last few laps. I thought I had a shot to win but wasn’t sure I would get it done. I got a big push from the 7 car and then he pulled out and the 18 came and gave me a good push. I am really thankful for that. It is a huge night for me to get back to Victory Lane in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. I didn’t feel like I truly won in the XFINITY Series before, but tonight was my night. Now, I can truly say I have truly won in every series in NASCAR. I’m really proud of this team. They are a part time team but put in a full time effort. It’s great that we got Jon (Hanson) his first win and was exciting to celebrate with Fred (Biagi) in Victory Lane. Hopefully, we can use this momentum for tomorrow night’s race as well.”
About Richard Petty Motorsports
A performance and marketing driven company, Richard Petty Motorsports, co-owned by NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty and successful business entrepreneur Andrew Murstein, is one of the most recognized brands in all of motorsports. With a history of over 200 wins and business partnerships with national and global leaders, today the race operation fields two teams in competition in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with drivers Aric Almirola and Brian Scott. Almirola will return to the iconic No. 43 Ford with partners Smithfield Foods, STP, United States Air Force and the “Fresh From Florida” campaign. Scott will make his debut with the team and drive the Petty Family No. 44 Ford. Albertsons Companies, Shore Lodge, Twisted Tea and GoBowling.com will join Scott as he competes for Rookie of the Year in his first full-time season in the Sprint Cup Series. Richard Petty Motorsports will also field the No. 43 Ford Mustang in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. The team is headquartered in Mooresville, N.C.