Regan Smith to Fill in for Aric Almirola in This Weekend’s Coca-Cola 600

With Aric Almirola out indefinitely, Richard Petty Motorsports needs a replacement driver for the interim. In last weekend’s Monster Energy Open, RPM tabbed Regan Smith as the replacement. This weekend, Smith will drive the No. 43 Ford again, this time in the Coca-Cola 600 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Smith, drove to a fourth-place finish last weekend and did so with only 85 minutes of practice under his belt. He will drive the U.S. Air Force car this weekend, paying tribute to fallen Senior Airmen Mark Forester. 

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After Recent Crashes to Aric Almirola, Danica Patrick, Sebastien Bourdais, Safety Better Now Than It’s Ever Been

INDIANAPOLIS – If this was two decades ago, say 1997 for simplicity terms, we’d be sitting here today writing about three more tragic racing deaths to three very likable race car drivers. Luckily, safety has evolved to where racing cars can allow these drivers to escape death. Last Saturday night, Aric Almirola was involved in an extremely scary crash in which his No. 43 Ford slammed into Joey Logano at speeds around 137 mph. Almirola, suffered a broken T5 vertebrae as a result and will miss 8-12 weeks. In that same crash,…

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Penalty to Aric Almirola, Richard Petty Motorsports a Big Hit to the Team

NASCAR levied down a stiff penalty to Richard Petty Motorsports on Wednesday, as Aric Almirola lost 35 driver points and the No. 43 Ford will see their crew chief Drew Blickensderfer suspended three races and fined $65k for the car having too much rear skew. That’s the same penalty that Brad Keselowski had from his car failing inspection at Phoenix. Almirola, finished fourth in last Sunday’s Geico 500 at the Talladega Superspeedway, as it was his second top five of the season. It was also his second consecutive top 10 finish,…

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Earns 1st Career Cup Victory In Winning Sunday’s Geico 500 at Talladega

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is finally a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winner. After 158 winless Cup starts, Stenhouse drove to victory lane in dramatic fashion on Sunday afternoon at the Talladega Superspeedway, with a victory in today’s Geico 500. Stenhouse, started on the pole for today’s race, and he finished where he started passing Kyle Busch on the final lap in overtime and barely crossing the finish line of the 2.66-mile high banked Alabama oval before Jamie McMurray, Kyle Busch and others.

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Despite 4th Place Run, Aric Almirola’s No. 43 Ford Fails Post Race Inspection Following Geico 500

It seemed like Aric Almirola had an uplifting race weekend at the Talladega Superspeedway. He charged to the front in Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race, winning for the first time since Daytona last July. Then, in Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the 2.66-mile high banked Alabama oval, Almirola nabbed another top five, this time a fourth place effort in his No. 43 Ford. A first place finish on Saturday, a fourth on Sunday. He not only looks like a great restrictor plate racer, coming home fourth in…

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Aric Almirola Wins Saturday’s Sparks Energy 300

Aric Almirola knew on Friday that his No. 98 Ford had a shot at winning today’s Sparks Energy 300 at the Talladega Superspeedway. The Biagi-DenBeste Racing driver ran 10 practice laps and parked his Ford for the rest of the day saying he knew then that this car had the capability of winning this weekend. He was right. 

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Winless Drivers to Watch This Weekend at Talladega

With NASCAR rewarding a Chase spot for all race winners now, its made the restrictor plate races during the regular season a crap shoot. These are three good chances for drivers who wouldn’t normally have a good chance of winning on a weekly basis, to reach victory lane and put themselves in the playoffs come September. Then, came the stages and playoff points available. It made Daytona back in February carnage. 

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