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2014 Martinsville Q&A: NASCAR Sprint Cup - Aric Almirola
Posted by: ASkyler on Mar 29, 2014 - 01:50 PM
2014 Martinsville Q&A: NASCAR Sprint Cup - Aric Almirola

Aric Almirola, driver of the No. 43 STP Ford Fusion, knows the history his car has here at Martinsville Speedway and understands Richard Petty has more NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins at this track than any other driver. He spoke with Ford Racing during today’s rain delay and discussed that history.

ARIC ALMIROLA - No. 43 STP Ford Fusion - IS PRACTICE TODAY VITAL FOR YOU OR NO BIG DEAL? "It’s really vital I think. We really want to get this practice in and have a lot of things we want to try because Trent wasn’t here yesterday. We tried some things with the little bit we got to run in race trim and have somewhat of a direction for the race, but it would be good to get this practice in so Trent and I can work together on the car and get an idea of what we need for tomorrow."


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YOU’VE RUN WELL HERE IN THE PAST, SO HOW DO YOU FEEL FOR TOMORROW? "I feel really good, actually. I’ve always run really well here and I like this track. In 2012 I think I finished fourth and seventh or something like that, but had a top 5 and top 10, so I feel really good about racing here at Martinsville. I think our car is pretty close with what we had in race trim yesterday, but I’d really like to get just a little bit more out of it. Trent made some adjustments this morning to try and get the car a little bit better, so I really hope we get some practice in."

WHAT’S IT LIKE TO CLIMB INTO THAT 43 CAR WITH THAT PAINT SCHEME AND SPONSOR ON THE HOOD? "It’s so cool. It’s such a special weekend. STP has been in the sport for over 40 years now and to have that history and everything that car represents, it’s truly an honor to get to drive it. I don’t think there’s one person in Martinsville, Virginia that looks at that race car and doesn’t reminisce about RP and all they accomplished together with STP and Richard Petty Motorsports, so I’d love to add another trophy to the record books with that paint scheme."

IN ADDITION TO THE HARD WORK THAT GOES INTO THIS WEEKEND DO YOU FEEL LIKE EVERYTHING IS COMING TOGETHER FOR SOMETHING SPECIAL TO HAPPEN? "Not really. I think it’s a big weekend for STP for sure. They’re the sponsor of the race and the sponsor on our car, but at the end of the day it’s just another race weekend and we’ve got to go out and get our car to handle well. We’ve got to execute on pit road and we’ve got to make the right adjustments throughout the race. There’s just so much that goes in to it that we’ve got to be perfect to go out and win a race. We want to do that every weekend, but especially this weekend with such a big weekend and obviously losing Miss Lynda this week. We would love nothing more than to have her smiling down on us in victory lane on Sunday."

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