Monster Energy NASCAR Cup No. 43 Team News

August 11, 2015

Pressure is On for Almirola and No. 43 Armour Team to Make the Chase

Pressure is On for Almirola and No. 43 Armour Team to Make the Chase


Armour will Make Their Debut as a Primary Partner this weekend at Michigan

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Weekend Statistics and Notes

\r\nAs the regular season comes to a close with just four races left before the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, the pressure is on to make the 16-team Chase field. Aric Almirola is currently 16th in the Championship Points Standings and just outside a Chase transfer spot. He is 50 points behind Clint Bowyer who holds the final transfer spot based on points. Almirola and team will continue to get the most out of their cars for the next four weeks and give their best shot at a win, starting this weekend at Michigan International Speedway in the No. 43 Armour Ford.\r\n\r\nAlmirola has seven Sprint Cup Series starts at Michigan. He has two Top-Five starts at the track and scored his best finish of 17th in both 2012 and 2013. He has five starts in the XFINITY and Truck Series, including a win in the Truck Series in 2010. The No. 43 team has shown success at the intermediate tracks this year, scoring four Top-15 and six Top-20 finishes, including three 11th-place finishes, in the eight intermediate track races. They have an average finish of 16.1 at the intermediate tracks.\r\n\r\nOne lucky person will win the trip of a lifetime, courtesy of Armour®, the makers of LunchMakers children’s portable meals, savory frozen meatballs and sliced pepperoni. As part of the brand’s primary sponsorship of the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Sprint Cup Series team and driver Aric Almirola, Armour has launched a sweepstakes for race fans nationwide. One grand prize winner and three guests will receive a trip to Miami just in time for the crowning of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion. Fans can enter the Armour sweepstakes by visiting www.armourmeats.com. The Armour No. 43 race car design and sweepstakes will also be featured on select Armour LunchMakers products which will be on shelf all summer. The sweepstakes will run through Wednesday, September 30, 2015.\r\n\r\nBefore the race on Sunday, Almirola will participate in a Q&A at the Ford Display in the fan zone at 11:05 a.m. to answer fan questions.\r\n\r\n \r\n

Social Corner

\r\nPressure is on as @Aric_Almirola and #43 @ArmourMeats team compete for #Chase spot at @MISpeedway. #NASCAR\r\n\r\nThe pressure is on for @Aric Almirola and the No. 43 @Armour Meats Ford as they compete for a Chase spot this weekend at @Michigan International Speedway.\r\n\r\n \r\n

Almirola Weekend Chatter

\r\n“We’re just on the outside looking in on a Chase spot. Fifty points is a lot to make up in four races, but you never know what can happen. We’ll continue making the best out of our races and see where the points fall. And, we’ll work our guts out to try and score a win to lock a spot in the Chase. Our intermediate program has been pretty consistent. We have a different package this weekend compared to the June race, so I’ll be interested in seeing how the race goes. It’s the same package we ran in Indy, so hopefully, we will be able to run up front.\r\n\r\n“This is the first primary race for Armour, so that’s pretty cool to have them on the hood of the 43 this weekend. They have a great sweepstakes they launched in July for the grand prize winner and three guests to come to Miami to watch the race. It’s great when our partners give back to the fans, and this is a great opportunity for one lucky winner to go to one of the biggest events of the year.”\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nAbout Richard Petty Motorsports\r\n\r\nA 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 two teams in competition in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Aric Almirola pilots the famous No. 43 Ford Fusion with primary partners Smithfield Foods, U.S. Air Force, STP and Fresh From Florida, and Sam Hornish Jr. drives the No. 9 machine with primary partners Medallion Bank and Twisted Tea. In addition, Dakoda Armstrong wheels the No. 43 WinField Ford Mustang full-time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. The team is headquartered in Mooresville, N.C.\r\n