Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 5/4/12
Mike Ford's thrilled to be back in the crew-chief saddle again. Ford makes his debut at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend with Richard Petty Motorsports' No. 43 team and driver Aric Almirola. Ford replaces Greg Erwin, who joined the organization in August following a long tenure with Roush Fenway Racing. After nine races with Almirola, 28, the driver and Erwin managed just a 21.3 average finish and were 23rd in the points standings. Given the incredible success that Ford experienced during his lengthy tenure with Denny Hamlin, including 17 wins and six Chase for the Sprint Cup appearances, Almirola is encouraged by the team's prospects. "I am excited to add Mike to our race team," Almirola said. "It is going to be really good for me to have Mike's experience come on board. He has a whole new fresh set of ideas and a lot of experience to help me. I know I've run quite a few Cup races but I am still relatively new at this. "This is my first full-time season, so to have the exp...
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