Monster Energy NASCAR Cup No. 43 Team News

October 20, 2017

Richard Petty Motorsports Hollywood Casino 400 Qualifying Report


Richard Petty Motorsports Hollywood Casino 400 Qualifying Report

Kansas Speedway


Loose in the first practice session of the day, Aric Almirola and the No. 43 Smithfield Ford team tightened up the car for qualifying. Speeds slowed for the evening qualifying session and tightened up cars. This made the No. 43 Ford too tight. The team qualified 26th for Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400

Starting positions:
1: Martin Truex Jr.
26: Aric Almirola, No. 43 Smithfield Ford

Comments from Almirola after qualifying at Kansas:
“We struggled to find the balance we need in qualifying trim, but I felt pretty good about race trim. We just barely missed it in qualifying. We were a little too free in Turns One and Two, and a little too tight in Turns Three and Four. The lap times are so close that you can’t miss it. But, I feel confident about our car in race trim. We’ll have two practices to dial that in tomorrow and be ready to race on 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.