Unpleasant week ends with robust run for Richard Petty Motorsports: Marcos Ambrose, Aric Almirola submit top-ten finishes at Martinsville

Marcos Ambrose, Aric Almirola post leading-10 finishes at Martinsville

By: Al Pearce on March 31, 2014

Aric Almirola finished eighth on Sunday at Martinsville for Richard Petty Motorsports.

LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC – Aric Almirola completed eighth on Sunday at Martinsville for Richard Petty Motorsports.

Nothing at all could really soothe the discomfort that settled above Richard Petty Motorsports last week, but 2 prime-10 finishes in the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway at least assisted relatively.

On Tuesday, 71-12 months-old Lynda Petty died right after a extended illness. She was the wife of NASCAR legend Richard Petty and the mom of 3, like driver-turned-Television analyst Kyle Petty. The family had a private support on Saturday and, flawlessly understandable, none of them went to Martinsville for Sunday afternoon’;s 500-lapper. FYI: Richard Petty won 15 races there, and the loved ones-owned staff has won 19, which includes 3 victories from family members patriarch Lee Petty and 1 from John Andretti.

All 43 cars on the grid Sunday afternoon carried a Petty-blue decal in tribute. Mrs. Petty was the glue that held with each other the Petty household for the duration of the 50 years her husband, son and grandson raced. She was a considerably-beloved pillar in central North Carolina, house of many generations of Pettys. She was lively in her church and in youth actions, was a Red Cross volunteer, president of the neighborhood athletic booster club and leader of each a Lady Scout and Boy Scout troop. She was on the county college board and the board of the local hospice.

At a time when RPM essential some thing great to occur, drivers Marcos Ambrose and Aric Almirola delivered at Martinsville. Ambrose, in the No. 9 Ford, completed fifth and Almirola, in the iconic No. 43 Ford, finished eighth. 2 weeks earlier, at Bristol Motor Speedway, Almirola had finished a career-very best third-place finish and Ambrose had finished fifth.

“It’;s a proud day for the DeWalt group at Richard Petty Motorsports,” Ambrose stated soon after his 17th occupation prime-5 Cup finish, his first at Martinsville. “We had a actually difficult week when we lost Miss Lynda, so our thoughts and prayers are with the Petty family correct now. We genuinely needed to win for them, but we’;ll take a top 5. We invested a great deal of funds and hard work receiving RPM back on the map, and you are seeing the outcomes. We’;ve been fast for about 4 weeks in a row and we’;re just commencing to hit our stride.”

A lot more than most drivers, Almirola’;s overall performance appeared to depend on the weather. “My automobile was really touchy [when the track was clouded over],” he explained soon after his third occupation Martinsville best 10. “When it clouded above, the car received true loose when the sun came out, the auto received better and tightened out. We bounced around on changes and could not ever get it balanced proper. We’;d be as well tight or also loose and struggle for forward drive, which harm us on longer runs.

“All in all, although, I am nonetheless actually proud of these guys. Everyone on this group did a fantastic task, and we’;ll get an eighth following last weekend [a wrecker-associated 43rd at Fontana]. Marcos had a genuinely great run as well, so we’;re undertaking issues appropriate. If we keep running like this, we’;ll get to victory lane.”

Right after 6 of 26 normal-season races, Ambrose is 14th in points and Almirola is 26th. With each other, they have 3 top-5 finishes and 4 best-10 finishes this 12 months … and none of those prime 10s were practically as crucial as Sunday’;s 2 at Martinsville.

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