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NSCS: Almirola Hopes to Continue His Career-Best Start to Season with Good Finish at Martinsville

Will Run Historic No. 43 STP Ford at Storied Petty Track

Sitting 10th in points, Aric Almirola is off to his best career-start after five races. As the No. 43 team enters a track filled with Petty history, they will bring the historic STP paint scheme and hope to continue the success that Richard Petty tallied at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. Petty earned the most clock trophies in the garage, and now, Almirola would like to win one of his own.


Almirola has 12 Sprint Cup Series starts at the paper-clip track. In his seven starts with Richard Petty Motorsports, he scored his best finish of fourth in 2012 and tallied three Top-10 finishes, giving him an average finish of 14.6. He also has five Truck Series starts with one Top-Five and two Top-10 finishes.


Fans, both at home and at the track, will have opportunities to interact with Almirola and Petty throughout the STP 500 weekend. Fans at home, can ask Almirola their questions by submitting them on Twitter using #AskAric. Almirola will take over the STP Twitter account (@STPRacing) Saturday at9:30 a.m. to answer questions submitted. Fans at track can stop by the STP/Victory Junction Camp display in the fan zone on Friday at 2 p.m. to see Almirola. On Sunday, stop by the Green Flag Experience stage for a Q&A with Petty at 9:45 a.m.

“Martinsville is a very unique and tough track. It is very tough on the equipment which I think plays into our hands. I think we do a good job of saving our stuff until the end. It will be important to qualify well here and then stay near the front to make a run at the end. We’ve had success at Martinsville in the past, and I think we can continue that this weekend. We’ve done a good job of making the most of the first five races. This will be our first short track of the season. We had a really good short track program last year, so hopefully that will translate this weekend.


“Having STP on the car at Martinsville is really special. There is so much history at Martinsville with The King and STP. It’s really cool to see that retro paint scheme on the car at a track where the Pettys were so successful in that car. Hopefully, we’ll score a good finish and add to the Petty history at Martinsville.”

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. Aric Almirola pilots the famous No. 43 Ford Fusion with primary partners Smithfield Foods, U.S. Air Force, STP and Fresh From Florida, and Sam Hornish Jr. drives the No. 9 machine with primary partners Medallion Bank and Twisted Tea. In addition, Dakoda Armstrong wheels the No. 43 WinField Ford Mustang full-time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. The team is headquartered in Mooresville, N.C.



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