NSCS: Almirola and the No. 43 Smithfield Ford Team Look for Third Consecutive Top-10 this Weekend at Loudon

Team Hopes to Continue to Play Spoiler Role in The Chase

Aric Almirola and the No. 43 Smithfield team posted their second consecutive Top-10 last weekend in Chicago and look to keep up the streak this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. With a focus on consistency this season, the team has proved fruitful by posting three Top-10 and 15 Top-15 finishes in 27 races this season. The consistency finds Almirola in the 16th spot in the Championship Point Standings with a 30 point cushion.

Almirola has 10 Sprint Cup Series starts and scored one Top-Five and two Top-10 finishes. Earlier this year, he and the team battled from a lap down twice after getting off sequence on pit stops and finished 15th. Almirola also has one XFINITY and five Truck Series starts at the one-mile track. He posted one Top-Five and two Top-10 finishes in those six starts.

Motor Speedway after scoring a fourth-place finish at Richmond and 10th-place finish at Chicago.
“We showed last weekend that we could be a spoiler in this Chase and are working hard to keep that going. We’ve been very consistent this year, scoring Top-15 finishes in over half the races, but now, we are working on making those Top-15 finishes Top-10s. We’ve done that the past few weeks. If we continue to make the best out of our cars and work toward getting those Top-Fives and Top-10s, hopefully a win will be right around the corner. A win is a win no matter what time of year or whether you are competing for a Championship, and we sure would like to close out the year with a win.”
No. 43 Smithfield Ford

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.