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Aric Almirola 2014 driver profile

January 27, 2014, NASCAR.com

Aric Almirola 2014 driver profile
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A 16th-place finish in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway enabled Aric Almirola to gain two spots in the standings -- to 18th -- and record the best championship finish in his career. His six top-10 finishes also were a career best.

Almirola earned his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole for the 2012 Coca-Cola 600 during the Memorial Day weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway in his first full season with Richard Petty Motorsports. Racing five times for RPM in 2010 he fashioned his best result, a fourth place, at Homestead. Almirola duplicated the performance at Martinsville Speedway in 2012.

The Florida native, who lists his birthplace as Eglin Air Force base in Tampa, is a Cuban-American whose stock car career began in Joe Gibbs Racing’s diversity program.

In 74 races in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Almirola has one win, for JGR at the Milwaukee Mile in 2007, and 10 top fives, 29 top 10s and four poles. In 2011, he ran the entire season for JR Motorsports, finishing fourth overall in the standings in Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s No. 88 Chevrolet. Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Almirola has two victories, both in 2010 (at Dover International Speedway and Michigan International Speedway) and finished second overall to champion Todd Bodine. In 2008, he won the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East event at Dover for DEI. In 2004, as a part of JGR’s diversity program, he won Rookie of the Year titles in two modified divisions. Almirola began racing go-karts at the age of eight.

Team: Richard Petty Motorsports
Car:
No. 43 Smithfield Foods / U.S. Air Force Ford Fusion
Birthdate: March 14, 1984
Hometown: Tampa, Fla.
Twitter: @aric_almirola
Team Owner: Richard Petty
Crew Chief: Trent Owens

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