Almirola looks for third consecutive top-10 in Richmond

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On a roll, Aric Almirola heads to Smithfield's home track in Virginia. The No. 43 driver shows consistency, eyes Chase spot.

CONCORD, N.C. (April 23, 2013) - Heading to sponsor Smithfield's home track, Aric Almirola looks to tally his third consecutive top-10 finish for the first time in his Sprint Cup career. The No. 43 Smithfield Ford team comes off a seventh and eighth-place finish in the last two races and sit a mere 18 points outside of a coveted Chase position in the championship standings.

Aric Almirola, Ford
Aric Almirola, Ford

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Almirola has two Sprint Cup starts at Richmond International Raceway under his belt, both during last season, and has five Nationwide starts at the .75-mile track. He collected his best Richmond finish of seventh in the fall Nationwide race in 2011.

Comments from Smithfield Ford Fusion Driver Aric Almirola:

"Our team is on a roll right now. Everyone is really gelling together. We finished in the top-10 in the last two races, and now, we're eying a top-five. Todd (Parrott) and the guys have brought me fast cars each week. Todd has a few wins here, so I'm confident he'll put a good setup in the car. We tested at Richmond a few weeks ago and felt good about our cars there. The track was really fast which really surprised me. We learned a lot from the test and felt that it helped us figure out what we need for our short-track package. I really like short track racing, so I am excited to get back to a short track this weekend.

"Richmond is Smithfield's home track since they are just up the road in Smithfield, Virginia. It's a big deal for our team to run good here for them. We would love to be able to win a race here. They are going to have a lot of people out this weekend, so I hope we can put on a good show and celebrate with them in victory lane."

Comments from Smithfield Ford Fusion Crew Chief Todd Parrott:

"I'm happy with our performance so far. Our team has shown consistency running up front each week. We had a good test at Richmond a few weeks ago and worked on some different things. That was the first time we were on track with the Gen-6 cars, so I'm confident we will unload with a good car this weekend like we have the past two weeks."

Chassis History:

The No. 43 team has prepared chassis No. 837 for Richmond. The team last competed with the chassis at Phoenix International Raceway earlier this season.

Richard Petty Motorsports

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