The crossed flags have been displayed on the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, and Aric Almirola is eager to begin the second half. With 18 races now under his belt in his first full-time Cup season, the driver of the No. 43 Medallion Financial Ford heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) this week feeling comfortable and confident.
The No. 43 team is coming off a strong run at Daytona International Speedway, where Almirola ran in the top 10 and top 15 and was looking at a solid finish before being collected in a last-lap multi-car wreck. He was credited with a 19th-place finish. At the half-way mark of the season, Almirola now has two top-10s, four top-15s, nine top-20s and a pole position in 18 starts.
Unlike some other tracks on the Sprint Cup schedule, the 1.058-mile oval in Loudon, N.H., is not a new venue for Almirola. Sunday's race will be his fourth Sprint Cup start at NHMS. His top finish is 18th (2008).
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