With just one race left before the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Aric Almirola is 29 points outside of a transfer spot. Although the team has a shot at getting in on points, the No. 43 Smithfield/Waffle House team knows a win will lock them into the playoffs and are focused on having a good shot to compete for a win this weekend. Richmond International Raceway is a good track for the team. Last fall, they scored a Top-10 finish, and Almirola scored their best finish of eighth in the spring race in 2013. A home track for sponsor Smithfield Foods, the team has extra incentive to perform well this weekend.
Almirola has seven Sprint Cup and six XFINITY Series starts at the .75-mile track. He scored two Top-10 finishes in the Cup Series and earned his best finish of seventh in the XFINITY Series in 2011.
Fans will have the opportunity to attend a live taping of Sirius XM NASCAR Radio's Morning Drive from 7 - 11 a.m. EST at the Waffle House located at 5414 Williamsburg Road, Sandston, Va. 23150. Almirola, teammate Sam Hornish Jr. and "The King" will all make appearances at the Waffle House and live on the Morning Drive.
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One last shot for @Aric Almirola and the No. 43 @Smithfield @Waffle House team to make the Chase for the @NASCAR Sprint Cup this weekend at @Richmond International Raceway.
"We are still in the hunt for the Chase. This weekend is our last shot. We didn't make up as many points as we had hoped to last weekend, but we controlled what we could and posted a good finish. Whether we make the Chase or not this weekend, we have nothing to hang our heads about. We've been consistent all year, and that was our goal from the beginning of the season. We'll see how the chips fall at Richmond. We've found success there in the past, so hopefully we can unload well and put up a good fight.
"Richmond is Smithfield's home track, which gives us extra incentive to do well. We have a lot of events this weekend for the fans which is really cool. Friday morning, we will spend the morning at Waffle House with Sirius. We did that in Charlotte earlier this year, and it was really fun. And who could turn down their signature waffle, bacon, and scattered, smothered and covered hash browns. We're also helping with another food donation which is really special each and every time we do them."