Aric Almirola heads to his home state of Florida looking to put an exclamation point on the end of his 2012 season. The 28-year-old driver, who is wrapping up his first full-time year in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, has enjoyed a late-season surge and looks to end the year with a bang in the No. 43 Smithfield Ford Fusion at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400 gives Almirola and Smithfield a final shot at Victory Lane before the 2012 season comes to an end. The Tampa, Fla., native has a prior fourth-place finish (2010) at the 1.5-mile oval - tied with his Oct. 28 finish at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway for his career-best result.
Comments from Smithfield Ford Fusion Driver Aric Almirola:
"I kind of wish the season wasn't ending. We've really hit on some good team chemistry here with Todd Parrott and the guys since we started working together two months ago and the results have been showing on track. We've had some fast cars and really good ...