Originally written on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 9/5/14
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. There was a time when Topper Drawdy thought his stepson, Aric Almirola, could be here. Almirola played baseball growing up in Tampa, holding a dream common for young boys: One day stepping onto a mound and pitching at the games highest level, under its brightest lights.Almirola played shortstop and pitched early in his introduction to baseball. But he also had another love: Racing. He began driving go-karts at age 8. Soon, local and state titles on the track followed.Eventually, just before he attended Hillsborough High School, Almirola made a choice: Driving gave him an adrenaline rush to remember, a feeling he wanted to recreate time and time again.That would be his lifestyle. RPMs over K's.I lived baseball my whole life, Drawdy said. I thought that was the route he was going. Then all of the sudden, he gets pretty good at two different sports. Right now, just seeing him where hes at, its a good feeling.Almirola, driver of the No. 43 car whos in 16th place i...

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