Aric Almirola and the No. 43 team also had a fast Ford at Pocono. Friday in practice, the team was a top-10 team in both qualifying and race packages. Saturday during qualifying, Almirola did not get a favorable qualifying draw, but still laid down the 13th-fastest time of the day where he started Sunday’s race.
In the opening laps, Almirola was fighting a tight-handling Ford and on Lap 15 was racing in the 21st position. During the first caution on Lap 18, Almirola came down pit road for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment to help loosen the car.
The changes didn’t help Almirola as the car was still tight on throttle. He was scored in 22nd on Lap 36. The team came down pit road for their second stop on Lap 48 with the rest of the field. The team again made a major chassis adjustment to help the car perform better for Almirola.
By Lap 57, Almirola was still fighting the handling of the car, but was holding strong in the top-25 and working with Mike Ford on their next s...