Hot off a Top-Five finish, Aric Almirola looks for his career-best Sprint Cup Series finish at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway. Almirola and the No. 43 team scored their first Top-Five of the 2015 season and moved up to the 10th spot in the Championship Standings. Currently 14th on the Chase grid, the team is 46 points ahead of the cutoff line.
Almirola has six Sprint Cup starts at the "Tricky Triangle" with a best finish of 18th. He also has a start in the Truck Series where he scored a fourth-place finish.
Nathan's Famous will return to the "Petty Blue" No. 43 Ford this weekend for the first of three primary races. Just over two hours up the road from the original Coney Island location, Pocono Raceway is the perfect spot for the hot dog brand to adorn the hood of the iconic No. 43 Ford.
Almirola will stop by the Pocono Raceway Tweetup Sunday at 9:30 a.m. by the Nathan's Famous stage in the fan area. Richard Petty will also be at the Nathan's Famous stage prior to the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest qualifier at 10:45 a.m. with the qualifier starting at 11 a.m.
Hot off of #Top5 finish, @Aric_Almirola looks for career-best Cup finish at @PoconoRaceway to continue #Chase charge. #NASCAR
Hot off of a Top-Five finish, @Aric Almirola looks for career-best Sprint Cup Series finish at @Pocono Raceway to continue the No. 43 @Nathan's Famous team's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup charge.
"There is definitely a reason why they call Pocono the 'Tricky Triangle'. It's a very difficult track and one where we have struggled in the past. We had a decent race last year but got caught up in an accident. This year, we have done a really good job with running consistently in the Top-15 even at tracks where we have struggled in the past. I am hopeful we can continue that consistency this weekend at Pocono. We need to unload with a faster car and get better at qualifying week in and week out, but we are right there in the race. We'll keep working on getting our cars better earlier in the weekend, and I think the Top-Five finishes will continue. But, we can't forget that we are currently in the Chase by 46 points, so we have to keep points in mind as we race each weekend. We can't throw caution to the wind to go out for a win. We have too much to lose. I think that if we keep doing what we are doing and working on improving, we will make the Chase again this year."