Flat Tire Forces Aric Almirola To A Backup Car

Flat Tire Forces Aric Almirola To A Backup Car

by July 12, 2014 0 comments

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LOUDON, N.H. – Early Saturday morning, last week’s winner, Aric Almirola ran into problems when his left rear tire blew out, forcing the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports team to a backup car.

Almirola was slated to start 19th in the Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday, but now he’ll have to start in the back. He was entering the turn when the tire let go, but there was no chance to save the car.

“Yeah, I honestly have no idea what is going on,” Almirola said. “I just don’t know. That was our third or fourth run on that same set of tires so I honestly cannot give you and answer. That was probably my fourth lap on the track. It is just weird.”

The No. 43 team is the second victim of a left rear tire issue. Joey Logano had the same thing happen to him during first practice on Friday. No one is pointing fingers at Goodyear just yet. Teams feel that their low tire pressures could be the cause of the failures.

The minimum tire inflation recommendation for the left rear tire this weekend is 12 psi, however, teams are probably just below that recommendation in effort to get more grip around the “Magic Mile”.

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

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