4: The number of consecutive top-10 finishes recorded by Aric Almirola as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads for Saturday’s Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Almirola has 10 top 10s in 81 career Cup starts, but six of those have come in the last 14 races -- with all six coming since crew chief Todd Parrott moved to Almirola’s No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford with 10 races left in the 2012 season. Parrott has brought both consistency and speed to the 43 car, and Almirola has done the rest. He’s currently eighth in the standings and a legitimate contender to qualify for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
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