At New Hamphshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hamphsire on September 25, 2016. CIA Stock Photo

New Hampshire Motor Speedway Race Report

September 26, 2016

ichard Petty Motorsports
Bad Boy Off Road 300 Race Report
New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Bad Boy Off Road 300 Race Results:
1: Kevin Harvick
17: Aric Almirola, No. 43 Smithfield Ford

Richard Petty Motorsports teams competed in the Bad Boy Off Road 300 at the one-mile New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. on Sunday afternoon- the second race of the NASCAR playoffs.
The No. 43 Smithfield Ford team raced from 26th to 17th on Sunday, after racing as high as 13th in the closing laps before a late-race restart.  The performance was one of the best for the team all season, although the finish didn’t show the progress made.

Aric Almirola, No. 43 Smithfield Ford

Aric Almirola and the No. 43 Smithfield Ford team continued to show strength on tracks less than a mile-and-a-half on Sunday.  Almirola finished 17th in Sunday’s race where track position was at a premium.  The pit crew had fast pit stops, Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer executed a strong race strategy and adjustments late helped Alrmirola pass to  the front.
Starting 26th, Almirola advanced to race in the 22nd and 21st position for the first half of the race. A lack of cautions, the team eventually went a lap down and was forced to take the wave around to get back on the Lead Lap.

Once back on the Lead Lap, and with a series of adjustments made to the No. 43 Smithfield Ford, Almirola was able to move from 21st into the Top-15.  He raced as high as 13th late in the race before a caution waved. The team took four tires on the last restart, but Almirola was stuck in traffic and wasn’t able to race for a Top-10.  A fast car, Almirola was able to get back in line and finish 17th.
“The last restart hurt us and that is too bad,” said Almirola. “Overall, this was a good day for our Smithfield Ford Fusion.  We had a Top-15 car and had a chance at a Top-10 at the end. Drew made good calls and we put ourselves in a good position at the end of the race. We just didn’t need that last caution.  The last restart, we didn’t have a good line.  We were a little better on longer runs and track position hurt us right there at the end.”

At Atlanta Motor Speedway in Atlanta, Georgia on February 28, 2016. CIA Stock Photo

New Hampshire Motor Speedway Race Advance

September 20, 2016

Aric Almirola Heads Back to New Hampshire Looking for Redemption
No. 43 Smithfield Ford Strong in Loudon’s July Race

WEEKEND STATISTICS AND NOTES

Aric Almirola returns to New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend after a late-race lugnut issue during the July race spoiled what would have been a Top-10 finish. After visiting pit road to get all five lugnuts on the wheel to avoid steep penalties, Almirola restarted in the back of the field and fought his way to a 19th-place finish. The No. 43 Smithfield Ford team will look to build upon what they learned from that solid run and secure a Top-10 finish this time around. Although not in The Chase, Almirola and the team are using the final Chase races to revitalize their season and win races. Almirola has nothing to lose and everything to gain in the final push to close out 2016 on the upswing, and New Hampshire has been a good track for him in the past.

This trip to Loudon, N.H., will be Almirola’s 12th start at the one-mile oval. He scored two Top-10 finishes, a fifth-place finish in 2013 and a sixth-place finish in 2014. Almirola ran one XFINITY race there and finished in the fifth position.

APPEARANCES

Fans will have the opportunity to see both Almirola and “The King” Richard Petty when they judge the Whole Hog Challenge at the Smithfield display in New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s Fan Midway. Pre-selected contestants will compete against one another to eat eight Smithfield ribs the fastest. The winner, crowned by Almirola and Petty, will move on to participate in the final Whole Hog Challenge Championship in Miami at the end of the season.

When: Sunday, September 25, 10:25 – 10:55 AM

Where: Smithfield Display, New Hampshire Motor Speedway Fan Midway

ALMIROLA WEEKEND CHATTER

“New Hampshire Motor Speedway can be a challenge to get a handle on because it’s such a unique racetrack. It’s flat, and the corners are really long. You spend more time in the corners there than you do on the straightaways which is much different than most of the tracks that we go to. So you have to have a car that is turning well, but, at the same time, you have a car that’s driving off of the corner with a lot of rear grip. It can be really hard to find that balance. But, we ran up in the Top 10 there earlier this year, so we’ve definitely got a good set of notes to use going into the weekend. I’m excited to see what we can do this time in our No. 43 Smithfield Ford.”

 

 

At Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois on September 18, 2016. CIA Stock Photo

Chicagoland Speedway Race Report

September 20, 2016

Richard Petty Motorsports
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 Race Report
Chicagoland Speedway

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 Race Results:
1: Martin Truex Jr.
32: Aric Almirola, No. 43 Smithfield Ford

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series headed to the Windy City for the series’ only race at Chicagoland Speedway and the kick off to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Richard Petty Motorsports teams battled the 1.5-mile speedway throughout the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 on Sunday. Both teams worked hard on the handling of their cars.  Aric Almirola got stuck on pit road when a caution came out and fell to the leaders. He finished 32nd in the No. 43 Smithfield Ford.

Aric Almirola, No. 43 Smithfield Ford

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 was a battle for Aric Almirola and the No. 43 Smithfield Ford team from the drop of the green flag. Almirola started the race at the rear of the field and had to fight his way through the field. He initially reported that the Ford Fusion was tight on exit and in traffic. Throughout the run, the car started to turn loose on entry. He went one lap down, and Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer made big changes during the first pit stop on Lap 49. A caution came out while Almirola was on pit road, and he got stuck two laps down.

The handling struggles continued for the team. The car kept up the pattern of starting tight and turning loose on both entry and exit. Blickensderfer worked with tire pressures and wedge adjustments to help Almirola. Unable to race in the preferred line with how he was handling, Almirola worked with his spotter to find other open lanes to race in and get comfortable.

Eventually finding themselves four laps down and in the 32nd position, the team worked with pit strategies to try to get laps back and improve their standing on the leaderboard. Almirola took the Wavearound during the Lap 193 caution in hopes of a quick caution, but a caution didn’t come. The team had to short pit, losing the lap they had gained back. In a race with few cautions, there were no more opportunities to take the Wavearound and advance their position. Almirola took the checkers in 32nd place and four laps down.

“It was a tough day for us out there,” said Almirola. “Drew (Blickensderfer) and the team worked hard, but we just couldn’t get it handling how we needed it. Our No. 43 Smithfield Ford would start the run really tight through the corners and then would transition into loose on entry and exit. We made a lot of changes throughout the day, but the car didn’t respond with better handling. But, next week we go short-track racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and it’ll be a whole different game plan.”

At Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois on September 17, 2016. CIA Stock Photo

Chicagoland Speedway Race Advance

September 20, 2016

Aric Almirola Aiming to Rebound in Last 10 Races of Season
No. 43 Smithfield Ford Still Has Opportunities to Win

WEEKEND STATISTICS AND NOTES

Aric Almirola left Richmond with a Top-20 finish but was not able to clinch a spot in The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The team rallied back from a cut tire early on in the race that left them three laps down to finish in the 17th position on the lead lap. A promising comeback, the No. 43 Smithfield Ford team will carry that momentum to Chicagoland Speedway this weekend. Even though the team will not compete for the championship trophy, there are still 10 opportunities to win races in 2016. Looking to wipe the 2016 slate clean and start fresh as the sport begins its version of the playoffs, Almirola is confident that this visit to Chicago will be a great springboard for the team.

Almirola has four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at the mile-and-a-half track. His strongest finish of 10th place came in last season’s race. A favorite track of Almirola’s, he earned two fourth-place finishes in 2011 in the XFINITY Series.

APPEARANCES

It’s time to go racing with Smithfield and Jewel-Osco! Almirola and teammate Brian Scott will have three minutes to race through a Chicago-area Jewel-Osco to find Smithfield products and various other items. Each will be paired with a pre-selected fan, and the driver to collect the highest dollar amount of correct products will win the entire grocery cart of products for their fan partner. Fans are invited to come and watch the race through Jewel-Osco before their personal grocery shopping trip. Chicago’s Hottest Country US*99’s Kasper will also be broadcasting live from the event while the No. 43 Smithfield Ford, No. 44 Jewel-Osco Ford and replica 1967 Belvedere will be on hand for fans to see.

When: Friday, September 16, 8:30 – 9:30 AM
Where: Jewel-Osco, 2480 Route 59, Plainfield, IL, 60544

Fans will have the opportunity to see both Almirola and “The King” Richard Petty when they judge the Whole Hog Challenge at the Smithfield Display in Chicagoland Speedway’s Fan Midway. Pre-selected contestants will compete against one another to eat two pounds of Smithfield bacon the fastest. The winner, crowned by Almirola and Petty, will move on to participate in the final Whole Hog Challenge Championship in Miami at the end of the season.

When: Sunday, September 18, 10:45 – 11:15 AM
Where: Smithfield Display, Chicagoland Speedway Fan Midway

ALMIROLA WEEKEND CHATTER

“Chicagoland Speedway promotes a lot of great racing all over the racetrack. It’s a fun track to race at, and I’m excited to go back there. We’re not in The Chase, but we still have a really great opportunity to go there and try to win the race. Hopefully, we’ll be able to run with the drivers racing in The Chase and mix up the field a bit. We’ve run really well there in the past. We got a Top-10 finish there last year after leading laps in 2014, and I’ve found a lot of success in the XFINITY series at Chicago. So I’m looking forward to starting our last portion of the racing season there. If past performance says anything, it’ll be a good race for our No. 43 Smithfield Ford.”

At Richmond International Speedway in Richmond, Virginia on September 10, 2016. CIA Stock Photo

Richmond International Raceway Race Report

September 13, 2016

Richard Petty Motorsports
Federated Auto Parts 400 Race Report
Richmond International Raceway

Federated Auto Parts 400 Race Results:
1: Denny Hamlin
17: Aric Almirola, No. 43 Smithfield Ford

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series made the second annual trip to Richmond International Raceway this weekend for a Saturday night race under the lights. In a caution-filled fight to the finish for 400 laps, Aric Almirola battled a tight No. 43 Smithfield Ford and a cut tire early on in the race. He fought back to finish in the 17th position on the lead lap.

Aric Almirola, No. 43 Smithfield Ford

Richmond International Raceway presented challenges early on in the race that the No. 43 Smithfield Ford that took teamwork and perseverance to overcome. Aric Almirola rolled off in the 23rd position to take the green flag. Reporting that the Ford Fusion took off tight, he dropped to the back at the start of the race. After the first caution of the night, the second green-flag run lasted for 70 laps. During the long run, Almirola loosened up and was able to take advantage of the Ford’s great drive off of the corner and could pass cars. He continued to gain positions in the first 100 laps. Almirola made his way up to 17th place and was battling to keep the position on Lap 104 when he and the No. 16 made contact, cutting down the left rear tire of No. 43 Smithfield Ford.

After coming to pit road for four new tires under the green flag, Almirola was in 35th place and two laps down. Crew Chief Trent Owens quickly reminded the team to stay focused and fight hard to get the laps back. Almirola went a third lap down to the leader but got it back during a green-flag pit cycle. When a caution came on Lap 202, Owens made the call to take the Wavearound and short pit later if they couldn’t get a quick caution. Almirola restarted in 27th place and was only one lap down. Owens continued to play the strategy game and got Almirola back on the lead lap with another Wavearound opportunity during a caution on Lap 266. Almirola restarted in the 26th position.

With Almirola back on the lead lap, there were nine cautions during the final 129 laps. The short green-flag runs hurt Almirola’s ability to gain positions as the No. 43 Smithfield Ford Fusion continued restart tight. But, the final 20 laps of the originally-scheduled 400 laps stayed green, and Almirola was able to capitalize on his drive off of the corners and make his way to 23rd place. When the race went into overtime, Almirola came to pit road for four scuffed tires and restarted in the 20th position. Making his way through the melee that broke out in the final two laps, Almirola took the checkered flag in the 17th position.

“I couldn’t be more proud of my team tonight,” said Almirola. “It’s really easy to give up when you’re three laps down. But, my team rallied and focused on Trent’s strategy to keep us in this race. Our No. 43 Smithfield Ford didn’t take off how we needed it to, so all of those short runs hurt us there at the end. It all came together though, and we made big moves to bring home a 17th-place finish. We’ll take this solid run and carry it into preparing for Chicago next weekend. Chicagoland is a track that I really enjoy racing at, and I’m looking forward to going back.”

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