Originally written on Start 'N' Park Blog  |  Last updated 10/13/14

CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 23: Hall of Fame inductee Richard Petty walks around the NASCAR Hall of Fame on May 23, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

So far this weekend, Richard Petty Motorsports has turned in a stealer performance at the Richmond International Raceway. On the Sprint Cup Series side Aric Almirola, driver of the #43 Smithfield Ford, qualified in 11th position. His teammate Marcos Ambrose, driver of the #9 Stanley Tools Ford, qualified in 14th position for Saturday night’s Capital City 400. On the Nationwide Series side Michael Annett, driver of the #43 Pilot/Flying J Ford, qualified in the 19th position and finished in the 8th place. Below we take a look at their reactions to the action so far.

Aric Almirola’s thoughts on his qualifying run: “I’m proud of the Smithfield guys today.  We had a good practice session, and although we got a bit loose there in qualifying, we were still fast. That’s a good starting spot for tomorrow night’s race and hopefully we’ll only get better.”

Marcos Ambrose’s thoughts on his qualifying run: “The Stanley Ford was better in qualifying.  We wanted to be a tick better than that, but it’s still not bad.  We’ll look over our notes and do some more homework for tomorrow night.  I think we can have a good run.”

Michael Annett’s thoughts on his race Friday night: “It was a really good night. We still need to qualify better. We keep making it harder on ourselves, or I do. Really we didn’t face any adversity. We moved forward all night, slow and steady in the beginning and then on one of those restarts our car took off and we moved into the top-10 and stayed there the rest of the race. The pit sequence kind of got messed up a little bit when the No. 33 came in early and we were planning on coming in a lot later. We led a couple laps and came in. That might have been a tick too long to wait to try to make up the time. Still, it is another top-10 finish and another good points night for the No. 43 Pilot Flying J team.”


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