Friday, Feb 03

Richard Petty Motorsports ISM Connect 300 Qualifying Report

Aric Almirola and the No. 43 Smithfield Ford team found good speed in race trim in Friday morning's practice session. In qualifying trim, the car was tight. The team made some adjustments before qualifying that evening. Unfortunately, the adjustments only helped the exit of Turn Four. The team qualified 29th for Sunday's race and will have two practice sessions on Saturday to dial in their Ford Fusion.

Starting positions:
1: Kyle Busch
29: Aric Almirola, No. 43 Smithfield Ford

Comments from Almirola after qualifying at New Hampshire:
"I felt like our car was decent in race trim, but we were just too tight in qualifying trim. The car was better off of Turn Four, but we just couldn't turn in the center of the corners. We'll work on it tomorrow. We'll have to make up some ground here during the race, but I trust Drew (Blickensderfer) to make good strategy calls to get us there."



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