LOOKING BACK: Almirola finished eighth at Martinsville. "I'm really proud of all the guys at Richard Petty Motorsports," said Almirola. "It was been a tough week for everyone on team (with the death of Lynda Petty, Richard's wife). Marcos (Ambrose, his teammate) had a really good run as well, so we're doing things right. If we keep running like this, we'll get to victory lane. All in all, it was a really good day for the 43 team and everyone at RPM."
ETC.: Almirola feels racing at RPM is like being part of a family. "I have raced at a lot of places and every place I have raced has been very business oriented and very corporate, if you will," said Almirola. "This is the one place I have come to drive a race car that made me feel like part of the family. Richard comes in here and puts his arm around everybody and makes them feel like they are a part of the Petty family. So to lose Lynda, it certainly feels like we all lost a huge part of our family. Obviously on my race team specifically, my crew chief, that was his aunt. Trent Owens' aunt passed away. It was a huge part of our racing family along with being Richard's wife."