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Almirola to make 200th career Cup Series start


This weekend at Pocono Raceway otherwise known as “The Tricky Triangle” there is a driver in the field getting ready to make a career milestone start. The driver is none other than that of NASCAR’s iconic number 43 Aric Almirola who will be making his 200th career start.

Almirola’s first career start came at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2007 where he placed 41st. Almirola has gone on to say that during this weekend he didn’t get a “wink” of sleep because he was so nervous due to working his whole life to achieve his goal. Through the early part of his career, Almirola floated around driving part time for several teams before finally landing a full-time ride with Richard Petty Motorsports. This weekend will be Almirola’s 170th career start in his five years driving for Richard Petty Motorsports.

In his career, Almirola has notched up twenty-five top ten finishes, eight top five finishes, and one career win. The one career win, however, took place at NASCAR’s most iconic track Daytona International Speedway in the rain-shortened 2014 Coke Zero 400. After starting 15th, Almirola led 14 of the 112 laps to take the victory in the rain-shortened event.

Coming to the track this weekend Almirola will shoot for career win number two at a track that has not been kind to him throughout his career. In nine prior starts at Pocono, his average finish is 25th position. Aric has posted a best finish of 18th, doing so twice in the years 2012 and 2015. However earlier this year after a 20th place finish Aric said he felt as if he had a top ten car but they just didn’t execute the way they could have, which should be a sign of encouragement for him heading into the race.

While what the outcome of the race will be is unknown there is one thing that Aric is sure about and that is that he is just as excited to make his 200th career start as he was to make his first. While also getting a lot more sleep in the process.