CONCORD, N.C. – Aric Almirola and his Farmland Ford team look to continue their late-season surge as they head to the Phoenix desert this week. The No. 43 team earned its seventh top-15 finish of the season at Texas Motor Speedway Sunday, marking a third straight week of solid performances on track.
Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) is a good place to continue the run. Almirola earned a 12th-place finish at the Avondale, Ariz., track earlier this season in just his second race in the No. 43 Ford. It’s his best finish among his three Cup Series starts at PIR. He also started from the pole in one of his five Nationwide Series races at the one-mile oval.
Sunday’s AdvoCare 500 marks the final of four races that the Farmland colors will adorn the No. 43 Ford Fusion this year. Fans that cannot make it to the track can still see the Farmland Ford throughout the race week, though. The No. 43 show car will be on display at Bashas’ groceries around the Phoenix area.
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