Monster Energy NASCAR Cup No. 43 Team News

March 11, 2017

Richard Petty Motorsports Las Vegas 400 Qualifying Report

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Las Vegas 400 Qualifying Report

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series began their West Coast tour Friday at the fast, mile-and-a-half Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway.  Aric Almirola and the No. 43 Smithfield Ford team practiced and qualified in advance of Sunday’s 400-mile race.  Sunday’s race will be the first of three consecutive events held west of the Mississippi- Phoenix and Fontana will complete the three-race swing.

Almirola and the Smithfield crew worked on the balance of their car during the practice session before concentrating on their qualifying set up.  The Vegas track is known for some bumps through the turns and wind is always a factor at the track, too. Almirola and the team adjusted to those conditions and were 22nd after practice.

During qualifying, Almirola said the car became “tight” as the sun set.

Starting Position:
Pole: Brad Keselowski
30: Aric Almirola, No. 43 Smithfield Ford

Comments from Almirola after Qualifying at Vegas:

“We made progress today with our balance and gained more speed, but we have more work to do.  We’ll have to move to the front quickly on Sunday.  We’re going to use all our resources to work on the car tomorrow and come up with the best game plan 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 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.