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Almirola to run two Nationwide races during Chase

September 04, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com

Almirola to run two Nationwide races during Chase
RPM 'really focused' on getting to Contender Round of Chase

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Richard Petty Motorsports driver Aric Almirola will compete in two NASCAR Nationwide Series races for Biagi-DenBeste Racing, according to RPM officials.

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Almirola, one of 14 drivers that to have already clinched a spot in this year’s Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, is scheduled to compete at Chicagoland Speedway (Sept. 13) and Dover International Speedway (Sept. 27) in addition to his Sprint Cup duties. The two races will provide additional track time for the 30-year-old as he makes his first appearance in the 10-race Chase.

"Our team is really focused on getting to the Contender Round in the Chase, and I think running the Nationwide races for two of the three race in the first round will really help us," Almirola said in a release. "… We'll be there to learn as much as we can for the Cup races, but I also want to win. Win for the Biagi-DenBeste team and for myself. I'm just grateful for the opportunity and can't wait to compete at Chicago and Dover."

Almirola earned his first Sprint Cup win earlier this year, capturing the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. He has 74 career starts in the Nationwide Series, with 29 top-10 finishes.

Biagi-DenBeste Racing has made nine starts this season with a best finish of fourth by David Ragan at Talladega.

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