Richard Petty Motorsports
FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks Qualifying Report
Dover International Speedway
Richard Petty Motorsports practice and qualified for the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway today. They ran practice under cloudy cool conditions. The sun came out, and it heated up for qualifying changing the way the track handled for the qualifying session.
After struggling in practice and hitting on good adjustments at the end of practice, the No. 43 Smithfield team brought a good setup for qualifying. Aric Almirola posted the 17th fastest time in the first round to advance to the second round. Unfortunately, the car developed a tight condition in the second round. The team qualified 23rd.
Sam Hornish Jr. will start 28th in Sunday’s race at the “Monster Mile”. The No. 9 Twisted Tea Ford was a bit tight on the first run during the first round of qualifying. Unfortunately, Hornish was unable to make a second run due to a flat left-rear tire he received after his first run.
Denny Hamlin won the pole.
23: Aric Almirola, No. 43 Smithfield Ford
28: Sam Hornish Jr., No. 9 Twisted Tea Ford
Comments from Aric Almirola after Qualifying at Dover:
“That wasn’t the lap we wanted. We just kind of over adjusted. We were off pretty bad in practice and threw a lot of stuff at it late. I thought we made it better, but we just over adjusted for qualifying and the car was just too tight. It is what it is. That is about where we have been qualifying unfortunately, around 21st or 23rd. We will do our best to get our Ford ready for tomorrow and figure out how to make it drive well for the long run. This place is a pretty racy place where you can pass. If we get our Fusion driving well on the long run, we will be okay.”
Comments from Sam Hornish Jr. after Qualifying at Dover:
“The track is different than what is was during practice earlier today. The speeds are quite a bit off from where they were earlier. I tried to back up the corner a little bit, but when the car landed, there was just no grip with the front. Then you wait so long to give it so much throttle and the back-end wants to slide out coming off the corner. Definitely a lot different than what we had this afternoon in practice with our Twisted Tea Ford Fusion. We couldn’t go out again after our first run because we had a flat left-rear tire when we came back in. We’re definitely looking forward to the race.”
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 entrepreneur Andrew Murstein, 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 and Fresh From Florida, and Sam Hornish Jr. drives the No. 9 machine with primary partners Medallion Bank and Twisted Tea. In addition, Dakoda Armstrong wheels the No. 43 WinField Ford Mustang full-time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. The team is headquartered in Mooresville, N.C.