Monster Energy NASCAR Cup No. 43 Team News

August 18, 2017

Richard Petty Motorsports Bristol Night Race Qualifying Report

BRISTOL, TN - AUGUST 18:  Aric Almirola, driver of the #43 Smithfield Ford, practices for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 18, 2017 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Richard Petty Motorsports Bristol Night Race Qualifying Report

Bristol Motor Speedway


Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams had two practice sessions earlier Friday. Aric Almirola was happy with the No. 43 Smithfield Ford in race trim. After a qualifying run in practice, the team worked on a plan for qualifying. Unfortunately, the weather changed a lot throughout the day, and the No. 43 Ford was too loose in qualifying. The team made an adjustment, but it wasn’t enough to advance to round 2. Almirola starts 27th under the lights.

Starting positions:
1: Erik Jones
28: Aric Almirola, No. 43 Smithfield Ford

Comments from Almirola after qualifying at Bristol:

“We just were too loose. We fought that all day. We’ve been really loose on the bottom. My car is really good on the top. In race trim, I think we are a Top 10 car. We switched into qualifying trim, and we just can’t get qualified. The car is just out of the track. It’s certainly not ideal to start that far back. I’m pretty happy with our Smithfield Ford Fusion in race trim.”


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 will return to 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.