When the green flag drops on Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the Pocono Raceway, it will be a milestone start for Richard Petty Motorsports’ Aric Almirola. This weekend, will be Almirola’s 200th career Sprint Cup start, as 170 of which have come with RPM.
Almirola, 32, made is Sprint Cup debut in Las Vegas in 2007 with Joe Gibbs Racing, but it wasn’t until 2012 that he became a mainstay on NASCAR top level.
The Florida native has one career victory in his first 199 starts, as that came in the 2014 Coke Zero 400 at the Daytona International Speedway. But, he’s happy just to still be in the series with RPM for this milestone and excited about the opportunity this upcoming weekend.
“It’s also going to be my 200th start, which is a pretty cool milestone,” Almirola said. “To say that I’ve been around this sport long enough to make 200 Sprint Cup starts is incredible. I remember my first race back at Las Vegas in 2007. I was so nervous; I didn’t sleep a wink that whole weekend because I had dreamed about going Cup racing my whole life. So when I finally got the opportunity, I wanted to make the most of it. I’ll definitely sleep better the night before race day this weekend, but I’m still just as excited to climb into a Sprint Cup car for my 200th start as I was for my first.”
Almirola, has nine made nine starts at the Pocono Raceway, as he tied his best finish of 18th place in the 2012 and 2015 seasons. Also, earlier this year he competed in the track’s inaugural X-Finity Series race and finished in the 11th position.
With his X-Finity Series win at Daytona earlier this month, he became one of the few drivers to drive into victory lane in all three of NASCAR’s premiere series’.