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NASCAR Cup: Aric Almirola out at Richard Petty Motorsports

Aric Almirola (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)

Aric Almirola (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)

By AMANDA VINCENT

Richard Petty Motorsports released a statement from team co-owner Richard Petty on Tuesday on the departure of sponsor Smithfield at season’s end to become a sponsor at Stewart-Haas Racing. Somewhat buried within that press release was the official revelation that Aric Almirola would not continue with RPM as driver of the No. 43 Ford in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2018.

It is assumed that Almirola will finish the 2017 season behind the wheel of the No. 43. Popular speculation has him heading to SHR with Smithfield. Almirola’s time at RPM goes back to 2012, simultaneous to Smithfield’s relationship with the race team.

That 2012 season was Almirola’s first full-time season in the Cup Series after several years of part-time competition in the series. In all, he has 234-career Cup Series starts to his credit, resulting in one win at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway in 2014. As a result of that win, Almirola made the Chase for the Sprint Cup that season, his only berth in NASCAR’s postseason playoffs/Chase.

Almirola also has 10-career top-fives and 29 top-10 finishes including two top-fives and three top-10s, so far, this season. He missed seven races earlier this season, sidelined by a back injury.

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