Monster Energy NASCAR Cup No. 43 Team News

September 8, 2017

Richard Petty Motorsports Federated Auto Parts 400 Qualifying Report

Richmond International Raceway

Richard Petty Motorsports

Federated Auto Parts 400 Qualifying Report

Richmond Raceway


Richard Petty Motorsports and driver Aric Almirola will start 23rd in Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at the Richmond (Va.) Raceway.  Almirola advanced to the second round of qualifying after posting the 15th best time in the first round.  Almirola reported a lack of grip in his second round run.  Richard Petty Motorsports has historically run well at the Richmond night race and the team is looking forward to Saturday night under the lights.

Starting positions:
1: Matt Kenseth
23: Aric Almirola, No. 43 Smithfield Ford

Comments from Almirola after qualifying at Richmond:
“We didn’t have the overall grip we needed to get into the final round of qualifying. The first round, we had a good run.  But, the car lost grip in the second round.  I wish we had another attempt at it because we were faster in the first round.  We still have something to work from tomorrow night.  I like this track and love the night race.  This is Smithfield’s backyard, so we want to do well for them and try to get into The Chase.”

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.