On May 13, Aric Almirola was involved in a scary accident at the Kansas Speedway, breaking his back. But, on Tuesday, July 11, just under two months since that accident, the Florida native will be back behind the wheel of his No. 43 Ford.
Almirola, is scheduled to test at Charlotte this week in hopes to get cleared to return back to action as soon as next weekend at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. From what I’ve been hearing, this is just a formality as it’s very much expected he will easily get the clearance needed from his doctors and NASCAR to return back to action.
That’s great news because his original timetable was 8-12 weeks to heal. The New Hampshire weekend is eight weeks since the crash.
Doctors have said that with how good of shape Almirola was in, his body would be ahead of schedule healing. The Richard Petty Motorsports driver has been working on rehabing his body and being in the pool.
The only thing left is getting a waiver from NASCAR to be playoff eligible if he can win a race and get in the top 30 of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points standings. Almirola, currently is 32nd in the standings, just eight points shy of 30th.
He missed seven races as Regan Smith, Billy Johnson and Bubba Wallace Jr. have filled in for him. Smith finished 22nd and 34th respectively in Charlotte and Dover, Johnson came home 22nd at Sonoma.
Wallace fared the best running in 26th, 19th, 15th and 12th respectively at Pocono, Michigan, Daytona and Kentucky.