Richard Petty Motorsports Bristol 500 Qualifying Report
Richard Petty Motorsports
Bristol 500 Qualifying Report
.533-mile Bristol Motor Speedway
It's Bristol Baby! That's the call this weekend for Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) and the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series as they visit the exciting Bristol Motor Speedway. Both the Sprint Cup teams and Nationwide team practiced Friday with the Sprint Cup teams qualifying in the late afternoon.
For the third consecutive week, RPM advanced to the Final 12 in knockout qualifying and made a run for the pole. This week it was Marcos Ambrose advancing to make the attempt to start first. Ambrose had a great lap and qualified fifth-the best start for RPM this season. For the first time, Aric Almirola missed the final cut. He qualified 23rd.
RPM will line up for Sunday's race live on FOX at 1 p.m. ET as follows:
5 - Marcos Ambrose, No. 9 STANLEY Ford
23 - Aric Almirola, No. 43 Smithfield Ford
Comments from Marcos Ambrose after Qualifying at Bristol:
"That's great and just what we needed. We've been fast all day and this STANLEY team feels pretty good going into Sunday. We knew going into qualifying we had a good chance of advancing. We had a good run and then just waited. It stuck (Ambrose was 10th after the first round) and we went into the final round.
The final round, the clouds were rolling in and we just waited and waited. It worked out well. We went and went from 12th to sixth to fifth. I give credit to the STANLEY crew and having a good car. I put my nose down and it's a good day for us."
Comments from Aric Almirola after Qualifying at Bristol:
"It's a lot more fun when you advance to the final round. We gave it a good effort with our Smithfield Ford, but the car was loose on our fast laps. We came in, cooled the engine, made some changes, but it wasn't good enough to get into the top-12. The guys will work hard and make the car better for Sunday, I have no doubt about that. We'll just have to stay clear of the wrecks."
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.