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.”

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Who should coach the Cleveland Cavaliers?

DeMarcus Cousins’ demons return as Celtics blow past Kings

Suh says ‘next question’ 10 times when asked about Rodgers incident

Reds acquire Marlon Byrd, for some reason

Report: Johnny Manziel’s teammates still believe in him

Report: Kevin Sumlin tells NFL teams he's staying at Texas A&M

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Are more NHL games ending in a shootout?

Urban Meyer expects to have Braxton Miller back

Report: Stephen Drew's asking price for 2015 is '9M to $10M'

Suh blames 'numb feet' for stepping on Rodgers

Clippers reportedly ‘don’t like each other’

Jets reportedly have reached out to Jim Mora

Peach Bowl: TCU makes a statement against Ole Miss

Remembering Roberto Clemente’s 3,000th hit

Marvin Lewis doesn't like playoff drought questions

The hunt is on for 'The Black Mamba,' Kobe Bryant

49ers reporter advises Michigan media on Jim Harbaugh

Ranking the NBA's MVP candidates

Redskins GM: Team is winning off the field

Utah's Alec Burks to miss rest of season

Rose Bowl: Five things to watch in Oregon-Florida St. showdown

Dad extracts son's tooth tied to a golf ball

25 most important players of College Football Playoff

Jon Gruden critical of Rex Ryan firing

NASCAR News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Remembering Roberto Clemente’s 3,000th hit

Ranking the NBA's MVP candidates

Report: Teammates believe in Manziel

Things to watch in Rose Bowl showdown

25 most important players of CFP

Belichick keeps Pats ahead of NFL trends

Clippers reportedly ‘don’t like each other’

Top storylines: NFL Wild Card Playoffs

Miller interested in transferring to FSU

Ravens' security boss charged with sex offense

Shawn Marion, The Matrix and the small forward evolution

10 sports media predictions for 2015

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.