Unfortunately, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series return to the Pocono Mountains this weekend for the second race at the Tricky Triangle of the 2016 season was postponed due to adverse weather.
The delay means that Aric Almirola will have to wait an extra day before competing in his 200th career Sprint Cup Series race.
“It’s going to be my 200th start, which is a pretty cool milestone. To say that I’ve been around this sport long enough to make 200 Sprint Cup starts is incredible. I remember my first race back at Las Vegas in 2007. I was so nervous; I didn’t sleep a wink that whole weekend because I had dreamed about going Cup racing my whole life. So when I finally got the opportunity, I wanted to make the most of it. I’ll definitely sleep better the night before race day this weekend, but I’m still just as excited to climb into a Sprint Cup car for my 200th start as I was for my first.”
The No. 43 Smithfield Ford qualified 27th for the ‘Axalta 400’ which is schedule to start today at 11:00 a.m. ET.
“Unfortunately, we are struggling with the handling of our No. 43 Smithfield Ford. We were too tight early in practice and made some gains, but it wasn’t enough for qualifying. We rolled off too tight and just barely got bumped on our first run. Then, we just didn’t have enough to get back into the Top-24. We’re disappointed but will continue to work hard to improve our cars.”
Interesting Note: Team Owner Richard “King” Petty has won a record 200 National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing races, including a record seven Daytona 500s, in his thirty-five year career (1958–92).
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“I’m extremely proud to have been at your side through all of your 200 Cup starts. I respect all the hard work and dedications that you put forth to not only follow your dream but to support our family. Congratulations on this great milestone!” – Janice Almirola, Aric’s Wife
“Congratulations on your 200th start! The accomplishments, your dedication to both racing and family and the hard work that it took to get to this point in your career is simply amazing. You are certainly one of the best drivers I have ever worked for and one of the best guys around the garage. Hopefully your 200th start will bring us both great success!” –Trent Owens, Crew Chief of the No. 43 Ford.
Air Titans just fired up to dry the #TrickyTriangle @poconoraceway. Let's get the track ready for #AA200! pic.twitter.com/hcomWMqLrR— RPMotorsports (@RPMotorsports) July 31, 2016