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Richard Petty Motorsports | Aric Almirola to use backup car

Sat, 12 Jul 2014 13:32:22 -0700

Richard Petty Motorsports driver Aric Almirola will need to use his backup car for the Sprint Cup race Sunday, July 13, because he wrecked his car during practice Saturday, July 12. Almirola originally qualified in 19th place but will now have to start at the back of the pack since he wrecked.

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Richard Petty Motorsports | Focus changes for Aric Almirola

Tue, 08 Jul 2014 18:57:51 -0700

Richard Petty Motorsports driver Aric Almirola, who became the first first-time winner since 2011, has a spot in the 16-driver Chase field all but secured. His focus has changed, and he feels his team's chances to compete for the championship are real. "We have a lot of work to do, we're aware of that," Almirola said Tuesday, July 8. "We've got to be more competitive consistently. But I can tell you that everybody at the shop today when I was there is already talking about it. They're already talking about what we can do, where we can test, what parts we can build, what setups we can try. That's the focus of our race team."

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Richard Petty Motorsports | Aric Almirola glad to get No. 43 in Victory Lane

Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:16:05 -0700

Richard Petty Motorsports driver Aric Almirola said Monday, July 7, that he never let the burden of getting the No. 43 car back into Victory Lane wear on him. "Everybody always asks me, 'Oh, how much pressure is it to drive the King's car?' and all that stuff," Almirola said. "And to be honest with you, there's nobody that can put any more pressure on me than me, because I want to win for myself. I know this sounds terrible, but it's more about winning so that I can feel a sense of accomplishment more than just winning to give Richard Petty another win. He's won enough races."

Fantasy Tip: Almirola still has a long way to go before fantasy owners can trust him to turn in big-time results on a race-to-race basis. However, he has taken a major step forward this season, and he has been surprisingly effective at both restrictor-plate tracks and short tracks.

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Richard Petty Motorsports | Aric Almirola gets good news

Sat, 07 Jun 2014 20:35:22 -0700

Richard Petty Motorsports driver Aric Almirola stalled on the track in practice Saturday, June 7, at Pocono Raceway, and it was feared he blew a motor. However, it was a transmission issue in need of a change. He will not have to go to the back of the field due to the transmission swap.

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Richard Petty Motorsports | Aric Almirola readies for Richmond

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:37:42 -0700

Richard Petty Motorsports driver Aric Almirola has posted two Top 10 finishes on short tracks so far this season, so he is looking forward to this week's race at Richmond International Raceway Saturday, April 26. "You know, in years past at (RPM) our mile-and-a-half program has really been our strong suit and I've kind of dreaded going to short tracks," Almirola said. "Even though I like them, I've kind of dreaded it because I knew that our short-track program wasn't very good, and it was a struggled just to run 20th. We had to fight both tooth and nail."

Fantasy Tip: Almirola, who sits 24th in the points, has been a surprise for fantasy owners. Richmond is another short track, so Almirola could be a sneaky fantasy option, especially in salary cap formats, if he duplicates his success from Bristol and Martinsville earlier this season.

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Richard Petty | Todd Parrott fired

Tue, 22 Oct 2013 12:19:46 -0700

Richard Petty Motorsports fired crew chief Todd Parrott, the crew chief for the No. 43 car and driver Aric Almirola, for violating NASCAR's substance-abuse policy. Car chief Greg Ebert has been promoted to interim crew chief beginning this weekend at Martinsville Speedway.

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Richard Petty | Michael Annett out indefinitely

Wed, 27 Feb 2013 10:45:56 -0800

Richard Petty Motorsports driver Michael Annett (sternum) is out indefinitely with a fracture and dislocation of his sternum that he suffered in a scary Nationwide Series crash Saturday, Feb. 23. He will need surgery immediately, and driver Aric Almirola will replace Annett at Phoenix International Raceway this weekend.

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Richard Petty | Two re-sign

Mon, 19 Nov 2012 09:53:51 -0800

Richard Petty Motorsports made official the signings of driver Marcos Ambrose and Aric Almirola to drive for the team next season. It will be Ambrose's third season in the No. 9 and Almirola's second in the No. 43 car.

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Richard Petty | Marcos Ambrose close to deal

Mon, 01 Oct 2012 09:42:26 -0700

Richard Petty Motorsports driver Marcos Ambrose is close to signing a new deal with the team. RPM will also announce a new deal with Ford soon. The team could also be talking with driver Aric Almirola about returning to the No. 43 car.

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Richard Petty | Swapping crew chiefs

Tue, 11 Sep 2012 08:55:07 -0700

Richard Petty Motorsports has decided to swap the crew chiefs for drivers Aric Almirola and Marcos Ambrose in the Sprint Cup Series after both drivers failed to make the Chase. Mike Ford will move to Ambrose's No. 9 team while crew chief Todd Parrott will work with Almirola for the remainder of the season. Ambrose sits 15th in the standings while Almirola is 22nd going into the final 10 races. Neither driver is under contract for the 2013 season.

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Richard Petty | Staying in Sprint Cup Series

Thu, 30 Aug 2012 09:05:41 -0700

Richard Petty Motorsports will remain in the Sprint Cup Series in 2013 despite a loss of manufacturer money and limited sponsorship. Owner Richard Petty is hoping to have a new deal with Ford in the next three weeks. The team has enough sponsorship right now to field two Cup teams in 2013. However, Petty isn't sure drivers Marcos Ambrose (No. 9 car) and Aric Almirola (No. 43) will be around next year.

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Richard Petty Motorsports | Aric Almirola wins pole at Charlotte

Fri, 25 May 2012 09:02:34 -0700

Richard Petty Motorsports driver Aric Almirola won the pole position for the Sprint Cup Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway Thursday, May 24. Teammate Marcos Ambrose finished second.

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Richard Petty | Mike Ford to serve as crew chief

Mon, 30 Apr 2012 09:30:54 -0700

Richard Petty Motorsports announced that former Joe Gibbs Racing crew chief Mike Ford will join the team as the new crew chief for driver Aric Almirola. Ford will replace Greg Erwin with the No. 43 car starting with the race this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.

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Stewart-Haas Racing | Tony Stewart wins first duel

Thu, 23 Feb 2012 12:57:19 -0800

Stewart-Haas Racing driver Tony Stewart won the first Gatorade Duel Thursday, Feb. 23, the first qualifying race for the Daytona 500 this weekend. He held off Hendrick Motorsports driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. Driver Danica Patrick crashed after being hit by driver Aric Almirola. Drivers Michael McDowell and Robby Gordon raced their way into the Daytona 500.

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Richard Petty | Find sponsor for Aric Almirola

Fri, 13 Jan 2012 08:47:19 -0800

Richard Petty Motorsports found sponsorship from Smithfield Foods to sponsor driver Aric Almirola for 15 Sprint Cup events this season.

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Richard Petty | Aric Almirola joining team

Wed, 04 Jan 2012 09:01:26 -0800

Richard Petty Motorsports announced Wednesday, Jan. 4, that driver Aric Almirola will officially come on board to drive the No. 43 car in the 2012 Sprint Cup Series schedule. He will be replacing driver A.J. Allmendinger. Almirola's crew chief will be Greg Erwin. Sponsorship for the No. 43 car remains to be determined.

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Richard Petty | Aric Almirola the favorite to join team

Fri, 30 Dec 2011 09:20:36 -0800

Richard Petty Motorsports is expected to bring driver Aric Almirola on board to drive the No. 43 car in the Sprint Cup season next year. He has a year left on his deal with JR Motorsports in the Nationwide Series but can obtain his release if needed.

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Richard Petty | Aric Almirola finishes fourth at Homestead-Miami

Mon, 22 Nov 2010 10:32:49 -0800

Richard Petty Motorsports driver Aric Almirola finished fourth in the Sprint Cup Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway Sunday, Nov. 21, according to NASCAR.com.

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Richard Petty | Aric Almirola entered at Homestead-Miami

Tue, 16 Nov 2010 10:16:43 -0800

Richard Petty Motorsports driver Aric Almirola is entered in the Sprint Cup Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend, according to SceneDaily.com's Bob Pockrass.

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Richard Petty | Aric Almirola finishes 27th at Phoenix

Mon, 15 Nov 2010 10:31:00 -0800

Richard Petty Motorsports driver Aric Almirola finished 27th in the Sprint Cup Kobalt Tools 500 at Phoenix International Raceway Sunday, Nov. 14, according to NASCAR.com.

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Richard Petty | Aric Almirola entered at Phoenix

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 10:08:36 -0800

Richard Petty Motorsports driver Aric Almirola is entered in the Sprint Cup Kobalt Tools 500 at Phoenix International Raceway this weekend, according to SceneDaily.com's Bob Pockrass.

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Richard Petty | Aric Almirola finishes 21st at Texas

Mon, 08 Nov 2010 10:49:21 -0800

Richard Petty Motorsports driver Aric Almirola finished 21st in the Sprint Cup AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway Sunday, Nov. 7, according to NASCAR.com.

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Richard Petty | Budweiser remains committed to No. 9

Tue, 02 Nov 2010 09:23:05 -0700

Budweiser will remain the sponsor of Richard Petty Motorsports' No. 9 car for the final three Sprint Cup races of the season, according to ESPN.com's David Newton. Driver Aric Almirola will drive the car for the third straight week at Texas Motor Speedway.

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Richard Petty | Aric Almirola finishes 20th at Talladega

Mon, 01 Nov 2010 10:37:25 -0700

Richard Petty Motorsports driver Aric Almirola finished 20th in the Sprint Cup Amp Energy Juice 500 at Talladega Superspeedway Sunday, Oct. 31, according to NASCAR.com.

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Richard Petty | Aric Almirola entered at Talladega

Mon, 25 Oct 2010 15:33:49 -0700

Richard Petty Motorsports driver Aric Almirola is entered in the Sprint Cup Amp Energy Juice 500 at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend, according to SceneDaily.com's Bob Pockrass.

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Richard Petty | Aric Almirola finishes 21st at Martinsville

Mon, 25 Oct 2010 10:47:18 -0700

Richard Petty Motorsports driver Aric Almirola finished 21st in the Sprint Cup Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway Sunday, Oct. 24, according to NASCAR.com.

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Richard Petty | Kenny Francis to stay until end of year

Fri, 22 Oct 2010 09:28:42 -0700

Richard Petty Motorsports crew chief Kenny Francis, the crew chief of the No. 9 car that driver Kasey Kahne formerly drove, said he will stay with the team for the finish of the Sprint Cup season, according to SceneDaily.com's Bob Pockrass. Francis will join Kahne at Red Bull Racing for the 2011 Cup season. Francis will serve as the crew chief for driver Aric Almirola this weekend at Martinsville Speedway.

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Richard Petty | Kasey Kahne released

Wed, 20 Oct 2010 19:45:39 -0700

Richard Petty Motorsports released driver Kasey Kahne from his ride Wednesday, Oct. 20, which is effective immediately, according to FOXSports.com's Lee Spencer. Red Bull Racing could sign Kahne to a deal in the No. 83 Toyota as early as this weekend at Martinsville Speedway. Driver Aric Almirola will now fill Kahne's seat at Richard Petty Motorsports.

Fantasy Tip: Kahne's 2010 season has been a big disappointment, and this move has solidified his spot outside of the top-ranked drivers. However, keep an eye out to see how he fares with a new team. If he shows promise in his new ride in these last five races, Kahne could be a good bet to rebound next year with Red Bull Racing. Almirola should not be considered for a start this weekend, even as a No. 4 driver.

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Red Bull Racing | Aric Almirola entered at Martinsville

Tue, 19 Oct 2010 10:15:59 -0700

Red Bull Racing driver Aric Almirola is entered in the Sprint Cup Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway this weekend, according to SceneDaily.com's Bob Pockrass. Driver Reed Sorenson will race in the Nationwide Series race this weekend for Braun Racing.

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Michael Waltrip Racing | David Reutimann sick Friday

Fri, 20 Aug 2010 07:07:30 -0700

Michael Waltrip Racing driver David Reutimann (illness) will be replaced by driver Aric Almirola Friday, Aug. 20, because he is suffering from food poisoning, according to The Associated Press. Almirola is unsure if he will practice or attempt to qualify in the car.

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Hendrick | Jimmie Johnson won't miss next race

Wed, 07 Jul 2010 15:59:49 -0700

Hendrick Motorsports driver Jimmie Johnson is now a father and won't miss the Sprint Cup race at Chicagoland Speedway this weekend, according to The Associated Press. Driver Aric Almirola would have been on call as the backup driver this weekend.

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Hendrick | Aric Almirola to back up Jimmie Johnson

Fri, 04 Jun 2010 12:17:18 -0700

Free-agent driver Aric Almirola (Phoenix Racing) will serve as Hendrick Motorsports driver Jimmie Johnson's backup driver at the next five Sprint Cup races in case Johnson's wife goes into labor, according to ESPN.com's David Newton. The most probable time of delivery is the open week after the July 10 race at Chicagoland Speedway. If the baby is born on a race day, the plan is for Johnson to run at least one lap to get points and then let Almirola take over.

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Tommy Baldwin Racing | Almirola entered at Talladega

Tue, 20 Apr 2010 09:38:07 -0700

SceneDaily.com reports Tommy Baldwin Racing driver Aric Almirola is entered in the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend.

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Tommy Baldwin Racing | Bliss leaving team

Tue, 13 Apr 2010 10:25:51 -0700

Lee Spencer, of FOXSports.com, reports Tommy Baldwin Racing driver Mike Bliss is leaving the team, effective immediately. Bliss will be replacing driver Aric Almirola at Phoenix Racing in the Sprint Cup Series. Driver Johnny Sauter will replace Bliss at TBR.

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Phoenix Racing | Bliss to replace Almirola

Tue, 13 Apr 2010 10:10:51 -0700

SceneDaily.com reports Phoenix Racing driver Mike Bliss is expected to replace driver Aric Almirola in the Sprint Cup Series, starting with the race at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend.

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Phoenix Racing | Almirola parting ways with team

Tue, 13 Apr 2010 10:03:25 -0700

Bob Pockrass, of SceneDaily.com, reports Phoenix Racing driver Aric Almirola has mutually agreed to part ways with the team, and will focus on racing with Billy Ballew Motorsports in the Camping World Truck Series.

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Phoenix Racing | Almirola entered at Phoenix

Mon, 05 Apr 2010 13:27:28 -0700

SceneDaily.com reports Phoenix Racing driver Aric Almirola is entered in the Subway Fresh Fit 600 at Phoenix International Raceway Saturday, April 10.

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Phoenix Racing | Almirola finishes 41st at Martinsville

Mon, 29 Mar 2010 14:41:38 -0700

NASCAR.com reports Phoenix Racing driver Aric Almirola finished 41st in the Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway Monday, March 29.

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Phoenix Racing | Almirola entered at Martinsville

Tue, 23 Mar 2010 10:10:30 -0700

SceneDaily.com reports Phoenix Racing driver Aric Almirola is entered in the Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway this weekend.

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Phoenix Racing | Almirola finishes 39th at Bristol

Mon, 22 Mar 2010 11:02:41 -0700

NASCAR.com reports Phoenix Racing driver Aric Almirola finished 39th in the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway Sunday, March 21.

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Phoenix Racing | Almirola entered at Bristol

Mon, 15 Mar 2010 11:14:49 -0700

SceneDaily.com reports Phoenix Racing driver Aric Almirola is entered in the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway Sunday, March 21.

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Phoenix Racing | Almirola entered at Atlanta

Tue, 02 Mar 2010 10:17:13 -0800

SceneDaily.com reports Phoenix Racing driver Aric Almirola is entered in the Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway Sunday, March 7.

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Phoenix Racing | Almirola finishes 43rd at Las Vegas

Mon, 01 Mar 2010 10:50:21 -0800

NASCAR.com reports Phoenix Racing driver Aric Almirola finished 43rd at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Sunday, Feb. 28.

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Phoenix Racing | Almirola entered at Las Vegas

Tue, 23 Feb 2010 10:05:27 -0800

SceneDaily.com reports Phoenix Racing driver Aric Almirola is entered at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for Sunday, Feb. 28.

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Phoenix Racing | Almirola finishes 43rd at Auto Club

Mon, 22 Feb 2010 11:21:58 -0800

NASCAR.com reports Phoenix Racing driver Aric Almirola finished 43rd at Auto Club Speedway Sunday, Feb. 21.

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Phoenix Racing | Almirola entered at California

Tue, 16 Feb 2010 10:14:58 -0800

Bob Pockrass, of SceneDaily.com, reports Phoenix Racing driver Aric Almirola is entered in the Auto Club 500 at Auto Club Speedway in California Sunday, Feb. 21.

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NASCAR | 11 fail to qualify for Daytona 500

Thu, 11 Feb 2010 19:41:45 -0800

NASCAR.com reports drivers Casey Mears, Todd Bodine, David Gilliland, Terry Cook, Derrike Cope, Aric Almirola, Dave Blaney, Reed Sorenson, Mike Wallace, Norm Benning and Jeff Fuller failed to qualify for the Daytona 500 Sunday, Feb. 14.

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Phoenix Racing | Almirola entered at Daytona

Fri, 05 Feb 2010 10:14:24 -0800

Bob Pockrass, of SceneDaily.com, reports Phoenix Racing driver Aric Almirola is entered in the Daytona 500 Sunday, Feb. 14.

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Phoenix Racing | Almirola to drive for team in 2010

Mon, 18 Jan 2010 13:03:46 -0800

Bob Pockrass, of SceneDaily.com, reports Aric Almirola will drive the No. 09 car for Phoenix Racing in the 2010 Sprint Cup season. The plan is for Almirola to drive in all the races in the James Finch-owned car. Almirola is also planning on driving for Billy Ballew Motorsports in select truck races this year.

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Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing | Almirola drops lawsuit against team

Wed, 25 Nov 2009 13:04:23 -0800

Bob Pockrass, of SceneDaily.com, reports Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing driver Aric Almirola dropped his breach-of-contract lawsuit against EGR and Dale Earnhardt Inc.

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