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NASCAR Cup: Aric Almirola expected to be named driver of No. 10 next week

Aric Almirola (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)

Aric Almirola (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)

By AMANDA VINCENT

Stewart-Haas Racing has announced a press conference for Nov. 8 to announce the new driver of the No. 10 SHR Ford in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for 2018. Motorsport.com is reporting that that new driver will be Aric Almirola.

Speculation has put Almirola in the No. 10 next year since announcements that Danica Patrick would not return to the No. 10 next year and that Smithfield, the current sponsor of the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford driven by Almirola through the end of 2017, would move from RPM to Stewart-Haas next year. Also, on the same day as the Smithfield announcement came an announcement that Almirola also would leave the Petty organization at the end of the season.

Darrell Wallace officially has been named by RPM as the driver of the No. 43 next season.

According to the Motorsport.com announcement Thursday, “sources familiar with the announcement confirmed Almirola would be the driver” of the No. 10 in 2018. His stats also include 11 top-fives and 31 top-10 finishes.

Almirola has 241-career starts in the Cup Series and has been a full-time driver in the series since 2012. He ran the last five Cup races for RPM in 2010 and has been with that team since becoming a full-time driver in the series. Almirola has one-career win, coming at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway in 2012

Stewart-Haas Racing also fields the No. 4 and No. 14 Fords for Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer, who are expected to remain in their respective rides for next season. The team has yet to confirm Kurt Busch’s status in the No. 41. SHR elected not to pick up Busch’s option for next year but team officials have expressed interest in negotiating a new contract with Busch to keep him in the car.

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