Richard Petty Motorsports Bristol Night Race Qualifying Report

Richard Petty Motorsports
Bristol Night Race Qualifying Report
 Bristol Motor Speedway
Marcos Ambrose highlighted the day for Richard Petty Motorsports. Ambrose and the No. 9 DEWALT Ford team advanced into the second round of qualifying and put up the 10th fastest time to start in the fifth row.

Aric Almirola and the No. 43 STP Ford team posted the sixth and fourth best time in first and final practice respectively. Unfortunately, during his first qualifying lap, Almirola hit the wall, and the team had to pull out the backup car. They will start in the 42nd spot.
Kevin Harvick won the pole.
Qualifying Results:
10: Marcos Ambrose, No. 9 DEWALT Ford
42: Aric Almirola, No. 43 STP Ford
Comments from Marcos Ambrose after Qualifying at Bristol:
"It's a great day. There were a lot of great names in that final 12, so I'm just pleased I was in there to mix it up with them. We did a lot of laps to make it to the final 12, which hurt our performance in the run home, but we'll take our day. We had to make two more runs than we wanted in the first round, but the team kept making changes to the car and made it better.  We had to do the laps to make our way in, and I'm glad we made it."
Comments from Aric Almirola after Qualifying at Bristol:
"I screwed up, and that's all there is to it. We have probably the best race car I've ever had at Bristol, and I screwed up and hit the fence. We'll start in a back-up car and have a big hill to climb. I'm going to do all I can to fight my way to the front. I have faith in this 43 team and know they'll get that back-up car ready to compete tomorrow."
About Richard Petty Motorsports:
A performance and marketing driven company, Richard Petty Motorsports, co-owned by NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty and successful business entrepreneurs Andrew Murstein and Douglas Bergeron, is one of the most recognized brands in all of motorsports. With a history of over 200 wins and business partnerships with national and global leaders, today the race operation fields two teams in competition in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Aric Almirola pilots the famous No. 43 Ford Fusion with primary partners Smithfield Foods, U.S. Air Force, STP, Strike Ten Entertainment and Fresh From Florida, and Marcos Ambrose drives the No. 9 machine with primary partners STANLEY, DEWALT, Mac Tools and Twisted Tea. In addition, Dakoda Armstrong wheels the No. 43 WinField Ford Mustang full-time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. The team is headquartered in Concord, N.C.