Monster Energy NASCAR Cup No. 43 Team News

September 15, 2017

Richard Petty Motorsports Tales of the Turtles 400 Qualifying Report

Chicagoland Speedway

Richard Petty Motorsports Tales of the Turtles 400 Qualifying Report

Chicagoland Speedway


Richard Petty Motorsports and driver Aric Almirola used an hour and 25 minute practice session early Friday to work on race and qualifying setups. Almirola wheeled the No. 43 Smithfield Ford to the 20th spot in Round One and advanced to Round Two. A little too tight during Round Two gave the team the 21st starting spot for Sunday’s Tale of the Turtles 400.

Starting positions:
1: Kyle Busch
21: Aric Almirola, No. 43 Smithfield Ford

Comments from Almirola after qualifying at Chicagoland:
“We were just a little loose on the first run but put up a fast enough lap to advance to Round Two. We adjusted the car a little to help, but as the track cooled, we were too tight in Round Two. I felt good about our Smithfield Ford in race trim, so we’ll tweak it tomorrow in practice and get ready for the 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.