Almirola Looking to Race into the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race

The No. 43 Smithfield Ford team will race in Friday night's Sprint Showdown for a chance to compete in the All-Star Race the following night. Aric Almirola will have three opportunities to win a segment of the Showdown and advance to the All-Star Race. Drivers can also advance to the All-Star Race by winning the Sprint Fan Vote. Fans can vote online for Almirola daily. Coming off of a tough finish in Dover after getting caught up in an 18-car accident, Almirola is looking for a strong run at Charlotte Motor Speedway to gain momentum for the following weekend's Coca-Cola 600 and the following weeks of the 2016 season.
 
Almirola has made three previous starts in the Showdown. He finished in the seventh position in his first two Showdown races and scored a fifth-place finish in the 2014 race. A win in Daytona's 2014 summer Sprint Cup Series feature earned Almirola his first start in 2015's All-Star Race. He finished in the 14th position. 
"It's always fun racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway. We would have liked to already qualify for the Sprint All-Star Race with a win, but the Showdown is a great opportunity for our team to show the fans and our competitors in the garage what we can do. Being able to race our way in would be great momentum for our team going into both the All-Star Race and the Coca-Cola 600 the next weekend. I've run well in the Showdown in the past, so I feel confident that our team can get there and we race under the lights on Saturday night."


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