MOORESVILLE, N.C. – On the heels of primary sponsor Smithfield announcing they won’t return to the team, Richard Petty Motorsports has confirmed driver Aric Almirola also won’t be back in 2018.
Almirola joined Richard Petty Motorsports in 2012 alongside sponsor Smithfield. During his time with the team, Almirola has scored one victory, nine top-five and 27 top-10 finishes.
His lone victory with the team came at Daytona Int’l Speedway in 2014 and qualified him for the NASCAR Cup Series Chase for the Championship, now known as the Playoffs. He was eliminated in the first round.
Earlier this season Almirola was forced to miss eight races after suffering a back injury in a crash at Kansas Speedway on May 13. He returned on July 16 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
While Almirola’s home for 2018 has not been announced, it is expected that he’ll land alongside longtime sponsor Smithfield at Stewart-Haas Racing. Danica Patrick also announced Tuesday she would not return to Stewart-Haas Racing, opening a potential place for Almirola with the team.