Marcos Ambrose were one of the fastest teams on the track, but bad luck strikes again and the the No. 9 Ford driver finished the day in 20th-place.
The traditional Petty Enterprises paint job was invented in their Randleman-North Carolina race shop quite by accident.
Aric Almirola: "It really is an honor to drive this 41 and the tribute for Maurice."
Teams use testing at Charlotte to fine-tune Gen-6 car for 2013.
Owens will lead Almirola and No. 43 team
Pays to be fast in practice as rain today in Alabama prevents qualifying at Talladega.
6th - Aric Almirola, No. 43 STP Farmland Ford Fusion 15th - Marcos Ambrose, No. 9 Stanley Ford Fusion
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams continue Western swing for this weekend's Kobalt Tools 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
On a roll, Aric Almirola heads to Smithfield's home track in Virginia. The No. 43 driver shows consistency, eyes Chase spot.
Almirola will race No. 41 Ford this weekend to honor Maurice's Hall of Fame career.
Amanda Vincent, NASCAR Correspondent
Trevor Bayne and Joey Logano have top-10 times in Cup qualifying at Daytona International Speedway
First time RPM has both cars in exhibition kick off.
Almirola anxious to see new Ford on the car on a one mile track, hopes to move off 'bubble spot' in points.
Looks for continued boost in the standings with solid finish in the STP Gas Booster 500.