Aric Almirola started the scheduled 188-lap NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Talladega Superspeedway from the fourth position. Almirola finished the Aaron’s 499 in the 12th place. Here’s a breakdown of his race:
Almirola had his best qualifying effort of the season, starting fourth in his 45th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start.
In his first race as crew chief of the No. 43 Ford, Mike Ford ordered minor chassis adjustments during the team’s first two pit stops to help give the car more rear stability for the rest of the event.
Almirola spent most of the race running the VeriFone Ford in the dominant groove on the bottom of the track to stay in the top-20.
Almirola was involved in a Lap 143 incident after he ran out of gas and tried to drop down onto the apron. In doing so, he suffered damage from contact with a competitor running behind him.
The No. 43 team kept the car on the lead lap all day despite having to make multiple pit stops to repair damage from the Lap 143 contact.
With just two scheduled laps to go, a multi-car wreck brought out the caution on Lap 186, sending the race to a green-white-checkered finish.
Almirola took the final green-flag restart in 12th and maintained that position to finish 12th, and he is now 22nd in points.
Almirola’s on the race: “I’m proud of everybody who worked on the VeriFone car. We had a pretty good car all weekend. We were fast in both practices and qualified fourth. I’m proud of Mike Ford and all the boys on this No. 43 team for giving us such a fast Ford Fusion. It’s unfortunate what happened when we ran out of gas. I watched the fuel pressure drop, and I looked down to switch to my auxiliary fuel pump and next thing I know I had my hands full trying to save our racecar.”