Almirola Earns a Playoff Berth for Third Time

Aric Almirola earns a Playoff Berth for the third time in the NASCAR Cup Series with Stewart Haas Racing. The Round of 16 starts at Darlington Raceway.

Almirola earns a Playoff berth for the third time in the NASCAR Cup Series with Stewart Haas Racing. The Round of 16 starts at Darlington Raceway.

After spending the majority of his career driving the Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 car, Aric Almirola took his talents to Stewart-Haas Racing in 2018. The Tampa, Florida native immediately saw results, as he qualified for the playoffs then, with a win at Talladega he was able to advance to the Round of 8 for the first time in his career.

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NASCAR Investigation Confirms Noose at Talladega was No Hoax

NASCAR Investigation Confirms Noose in the No. 43 garage of Petty Motorsports driver Bubba Wallace was not a hoax before the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.
TALLADEGA, ALABAMA – JUNE 22: Bubba Wallace, driver of the #43 Victory Junction Chevrolet, takes a selfie with NASCAR drivers that pushed him to the front of the grid as a sign of solidarity with the driver prior to the NASCAR Cup Series GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on June 22, 2020, in Talladega, Alabama. A noose was found in the garage stall of NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace at Talladega Superspeedway a week after the organization banned the Confederate flag at its facilities. Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

NASCAR Investigation Confirms Noose in the No. 43 garage of Richard Petty Motorsports driver Bubba Wallace was not a hoax before the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.

During an update Thursday on NASCAR’s investigation into a noose found in Bubba Wallace’s garage stall on Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway, NASCAR president Steve Phelps quickly dispelled any insinuation that the incident was a hoax.

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Statement: Richard Petty Motorsports

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FORT WORTH, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 02: Bubba Wallace, driver of the #43 Covert Auto Group Chevrolet, walks on the grid during the Salute to Veterans Qualifying Day Fueled by The Texas Lottery for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 02, 2019 in Fort Worth, Texas. Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images

“Our team met with NASCAR officials this morning to discuss Darrell ‘Bubba’ Wallace Jr.’s post-practice comments on Friday, November 8, concerning an on-track incident which occurred at the Texas Motor Speedway,” Philippe Lopez, Richard Petty Motorsports director of competition, said. “We fully understand NASCAR’s position and expectations of its competitors. NASCAR has a difficult job officiating race events and we do not need to make the task more challenging. Wallace will not appeal the penalty, and will direct his immediate focus to this weekend’s event at the ISM Raceway.”

Bubba Wallace Celebrates ‘unforgettable’ Third-Place Run at Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – SEPTEMBER 08: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Mobil 1 Ford, shakes hands with Bubba Wallace, driver of the #43 World Wide Technology Chevrolet, after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on September 08, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images

SPEEDWAY, Ind. –  It was the kind of day Bubba Wallace had likely pictured as a kid – a triumphant performance on one of racing’s brightest stages. His third-place finish in Sunday’s Big Machine Records 400 at the Brickyard was his best showing since a runner-up finish in the 2018 season-opening Daytona 500.

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For Bubba Wallace, Daytona was a Long Time Ago

Darrell Wallace Jr., the driver of the #43 Medallion Bank/Petty’s Garage Chevrolet, walks on the grid during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 1000Bulbs.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 13, 2018, in Talladega, Alabama. Photo – Josh Hedges/Getty Images

The good news? Bubba Wallace finished a close second in the Daytona 500 in his first trip as a full-time driver of the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet. Continue reading

Aric Almirola: Ready for Long-Awaited Win

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Perhaps it was the angst and palpable disappointment on Aric Almirola’s face and in his voice even following his best outing of the 2018 season last week – a third-place at New Hampshire Motor Speedway – that so powerfully displayed his competitive spirit. Continue reading

Kentucky Speedway Solidified Bubba

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Last season Darrell “Bubba” Wallace was at a crossroads in his racing career. Continue reading

Bubba Wallace Promises Emotional Display if he Wins on Saturday

Bubba Wallace, the driver of the #43 U.S. Air Force Chevrolet, stands by his car during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 5, 2018, in Daytona Beach, Florida. Photo – Sarah Crabill/Getty Images

When he finished second to Austin Dillon in the season-opening Daytona 500, Bubba Wallace lost his composure on the dais in the media center. Continue reading

Harvick Happy to Hold Off Plethora of Young Stars

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Kevin Harvick has positioned himself to make NASCAR history in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 – a victory in the iconic race would give the 42-year-old former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion his second three-race winning streak of the season. And this weekend will mark only the 13th race of the schedule. Continue reading

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Preview

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers are ready to race the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway, Saturday night April 21st at 6:30 pm ET.  Pre-race coverage begins at 6 pm ET on FOX, MRN, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Continue reading