No. 43 Smithfield Ford team fast at Charlotte Motor Speedway
CONCORD, N.C. (May 14, 2013) - Aric Almirola will compete in Saturday's Sprint Showdown looking for a win to gain a spot in the headline Sprint All-Star Race. To qualify for the All-Star Race, the No. 43 Smithfield Ford team will have to finish first or second in the Sprint Showdown 40-lap qualifier race. The race will have two 20-lap segments and an optional pit stop between them.
Comments from Smithfield Ford Fusion Driver Aric Almirola:
"I'm really excited for All-Star weekend. Our team, both the 43 and 9, have been fast at Charlotte. We had an all RPM front row last spring. We tested there in January and were the fastest car, so I have a lot of confidence that we will be fast this weekend. Our mile-and-a-half program has been strong since Todd (Parrott) and I teamed up last season. Our goal is to win the Sprint Showdown and race for the win in the All-Star Race."
Comments from Smithfield Ford Fusion Crew Chief Todd Parrott:
"We have been really good at mile-and-a-half tracks with the Gen-6 car. Last week, we fought hard for a 20th-place finish, but that is not where we expect our team to be. I'm thrilled that Charlotte is next on the schedule because we are good there. Our test in January went really well, and we learned a lot. Being fastest at the test was a good boost, but we need to capitalize on that and be fast this weekend."
The No. 43 team has prepared chassis No. 742 for the Sprint Showdown. Almirola drove the chassis at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March where he drove from a 22nd starting spot to finish 16th.
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