Aric Almirola is holding strong in the 17th spot in the Championship Point Standings. While competing for the top points position outside of the Chase, Almirola and the No. 43 Smithfield Ford team are still working to spoil the Chase with a win to close out the season. Martinsville Speedway is the perfect place. In the six races at tracks under one mile, the team has a 12.8 average finish and a best finish of fourth.
Almirola has 13 Sprint Cup Series starts at Martinsville where he scored one Top-Five, three Top-10 and four Top-15 finishes. He scored his best finish at the paper clip-shaped oval in 2014 when he drove the No. 43 Ford to a fourth-place finish. He also has five Truck Series starts with one Top-Five and two Top-10 finishes.
This wknd at @MartinsvilleSwy, @Aric_Almirola & #43 @SmithfieldBrand team look to cont. consistency at short tracks. #NASCAR
@Aric Almirola and No. 43 @Smithfield team look to continue their short track consistency at final short track race of the season this weekend at @Martinsville Speedway. Team has a 12.8 average finish on short track this season with a best finish of fourth.
"Like we have been all year, our car was better on the long run earlier this year at Martinsville Speedway. There were a lot of cautions, so that didn't help us. We still had a solid Top-15 finish. We've been really good at short tracks this year and showed strength in our last short track race at Richmond. We've done some work trying to get the car better on the short run as well as the long run, so hopefully, that will translate this weekend. Martinsville is a really tough track, not only on drivers but equipment, too. We'll work hard to qualify well but be easy on our equipment to make it to the end."