Charlotte Motor Speedway Race Report 10.7.17

October 10, 2017

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.”

At Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 5, 2016. CIA Stock Photo

Charlotte Motor Speedway Race Advance 10.7.17

October 6, 2017

Almirola will Race in the Daytime in Charlotte’s Fall Race
No. 43 Driver will Make his First Start at Charlotte this Season


Aric Almirola and the No. 43 Smithfield Ford team headed to Charlotte Motor Speedway in May unsure of when he would be back in the car after an injury in Kansas sidelined him. Almirola watched Regan Smith pilot the “Petty Blue” Ford from his couch. The team started 25th and finished 22nd in the season’s longest race. This weekend, they will work on a setup for daytime racing at the 1.5-mile track.

Almirola has 10 Monster Energy Series starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway where he scored a pole in 2012, one Top-10 and three Top-15 finishes. In his eight XFINITY and two Camping World Truck Series starts, he tallied one Top-Five, a fourth in the XFINITY race in 2007, and five Top-10 finishes.


At the end of the 1964 season, NASCAR made the decision to ban the Plymouth Hemi engine from competition in 1965. “The King” Richard Petty, Maurice Petty and Dale Inman had a choice to make. They stood with Plymouth and the Hemi and went drag racing across the country. The Year Without A King chronicles the events leading up to the ban, the decision by Plymouth and Petty to go drag racing and the return of the Petty team to victory lane in the 1966 Daytona 500.
When: Wednesday, October 4, 6:00 p.m.
Where: FS1 NASCAR Race Hub

Almirola will stop by Mooresville Ford to meet with fans and sign autographs.
When: Thursday, October 5, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Mooresville Ford, 151 East Plaza Drive, Mooresville, NC 28115


“It’s hard to think back to the race in Charlotte in May. My injury was so fresh. I look forward to working with Drew (Blickensderfer) and the guys to get up to speed and ready for the race this weekend. Racing in the daytime throws another challenge on us. With the race being moved to a Sunday start, we’ll have to look at our notes from early in the Coca-Cola 600 to get the best setup we can for this weekend. I’m excited to race in our backyard and hope we get a good finish with all of our friends and family watching.”


Dover International Speedway Race Report

October 2, 2017

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.”


Dover International Speedway Race Advance

September 28, 2017

Almirola Makes First Start this Season at Favorite Track
No. 43 Smithfield Team Will Utilize Notes from June Race at Dover


Dover International Speedway is one of Aric Almirola’s favorite tracks. A back injury forced Almirola to watch the race at Dover earlier this year from afar. Almirola will lean on his team for notes from substitute driver Regan Smith. Almirola and the team posted two Top-Five finishes in 2015 and a 16th place finish in 2016, so they hope to finish strong on Sunday.

Almirola has 10 Monster Energy Series starts at Dover and tallied two Top-Five and three Top-10 finishes. He also has four XFINITY Series starts with a best finish of ninth. Almirola knows his way to Victory Lane at the “Monster Mile” as he scored a win in the Camping World Truck Series in 2010.


Born in Florida after his family fled Castro’s Cuba, Almirola has risen to the top ranks of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series circuit. El Corredor follows Almirola as he makes his first-ever trip to discover his ancestor’s homeland, the booming car culture in Havana and the roots of his family tree.

When: Wednesday, September 27, 6:00 p.m.
Where: FS1 NASCAR Race Hub


“I really like racing at Dover. The sensation of speed there is like no other track we go to. We’ve had some good runs in Dover. We finished fifth in both races in 2015. We were involved in a crash and finished 16th last year, so hopefully we can back that up and get a good finish this weekend. The car looked pretty good earlier this year with Regan (Smith) driving it. We’ll work off the team’s notes and focus on having a good run.”



September 26, 2017

Tune In Alert:
Aric Almirola Stars in Beyond the Wheel Short Film – ‘El Corredor’ Where He Traces His Family Roots in Cuba

Born in Florida after his family fled Castro’s Cuba, Aric Almirola has risen to the top ranks of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series circuit. “El Corredor” follows Almirola as he makes his first-ever trip to discover his ancestor’s home. Tune into FS1 NASCAR Race Hub Wednesday, September 26 at 6 p.m. ET.

Click Photo for Trailer of El Corredor

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