Monster Energy NASCAR Cup No. 43 Team News

October 7, 2017

Richard Petty Motorsports Bank of America 500 Qualifying Report

LOUDON, NH - SEPTEMBER 23:  Aric Almirola, driver of the #43 Smithfield Ford, practices for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 23, 2017 in Loudon, New Hampshire.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Richard Petty Motorsports

Bank of America 500 Qualifying Report

Charlotte Motor Speedway


Charlotte Motor Speedway is hosting the fourth race of the NASCAR playoffs this weekend. It’s a “home game” for most teams, drivers and crews who are based in the Charlotte area.  Richard Petty Motorsports has a fast No. 43 Smithfield Ford this weekend.  Friday, the team practiced in race trim and turned in a Top-10 speed before working on qualifying.

Almirola was the 20th best driver at the end of Round 1 of qualifying and advanced to the second round.  The car lost some grip and will start 24th in Sunday’s Bank of America 500.

Starting Positions:
1: Denny Hamlin
24: Aric Almirola, No. 43 Smithfield Ford

Comments from Almirola after Qualifying at Charlotte:
“We had a good first round, but our Smithfield Ford just didn’t have the same grip in the second round of qualifying. We are close though. In the final round, some of those guys ran close to same lap times we did in round one.  Our car has speed, and it was quick in race trim, too.  The track conditions changed so much today and practice tomorrow will be really interesting as we work on the final setup for Sunday.”

About Richard Petty Motorsports

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 one team in competition in the NASCAR premier series with driver Aric Almirola. Almirola wheels the iconic No. 43 Ford with partners Smithfield Foods, STP, United States Air Force and Fresh From Florida. The team is headquartered in Mooresville, N.C.