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Richard Petty Motorsports Inks New Deal with Aric Almirola & Smithfield

NASCAR, Aric Almirola, Richard Petty Motorsports, Smithfield Foods
NASCAR, Aric Almirola, Richard Petty Motorsports, Smithfield Foods
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Richard Petty Motorsports announced today an extension with Smithfield Foods including an increased investment int Richard petty Motorsports. Smithfield Foods and it's multiple brands will return as primary sponsor of the No. 43 Ford Fusion driven by Aric Almirola in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for 29 races. The extension extents through the 2016 season.

The increased invest should allow Richard Petty Motorsports to improve their equipment and increase their chances of putting Smithfield in victory lane for the very first time. Almirola will be tasked with the challenge of improving with only three Top 5 finishes in 107 career starts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Season.

Aric Almirola also reached an extension with Richard Petty Motorsports, extending his contract through the 2016 season.