Richard Petty Motorsports Camping World 500 Qualifying Report
Aric Almirola and the No. 43 Smithfield team headed to Phoenix Raceway for the first short-track race of the season. In first practice, the team worked on finding grip and improved the car’s speed over the only practice of the day.
Late in the afternoon, Almirola qualified the No. 43 Smithfield Ford. With the track hot and slick, the Ford Fusion struggled turning the corner, lacking grip and too tight on the track. A quick adjustment for the second run helped the car. Almirola qualified 28th. The team will have two practices tomorrow to continue improving the car.
1: Joey Logano
28: Aric Almirola, No. 43 Smithfield Ford
Comments from Almirola after qualifying at Phoenix:
“We were just really tight and couldn’t get our front tires connected to the race track. We weren’t great unloading and made some gains in practice. But, it just wasn’t enough. We have some more work to do tomorrow. We qualified poorly last weekend in Vegas, and we managed to fight hard all day and get out of there with a 14th place finish, which was a solid day for us. So, hopefully, we do the same thing here again this weekend in Phoenix.”
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.