Monster Energy NASCAR Cup No. 43 Team News

April 7, 2017

Richard Petty Motorsports O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 Qualifying Report

Kobalt 500 - Las Vegas

Richard Petty Motorsports

O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 Qualifying Report

Texas Motor Speedway

Aric Almirola and the No. 43 Smithfield Ford were quick off the truck in practice on Friday at Texas Motor Speedway, shooting to the top of the board while running in qualifying trim. Almirola was happy with the improvements made during practice and looked to carry the speed into Friday’s qualifying session.

Almirola ended Round 1 of qualifying 22nd and was happy with the car going into Round 2. The No. 43 Smithfield Ford improved to 18th during Round 2, but Almirola was not able to make a second run to advance to Round 3. The team will have two practices tomorrow to continue improving their speed. Almirola will start Sunday’s race from the 18th position.

Starting positions:
1: Kevin Harvick
18: Aric Almirola, No. 43 Smithfield Ford

Comments from Almirola after qualifying at Texas:
“I felt better about today’s qualifying session. It’s the best I’ve felt this season about qualifying. I missed the bottom of one and two on my first lap in the second round, and that should’ve been my best lap. I’m excited about the speed my guys brought me, and I’m ready to move through the field during Sunday’s race.”

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.