Almirola Goes To Backup Car
By: Dustin Long - @dustinlong on July 12, 2014 | 11:17 A.M. EST
Aric Almirola's wrecked car returns to the garage after his incident Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. (Photo: Dustin Long)
LOUDON, N.H. - Six days after scoring his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup victory, Aric Almirola experienced the downside of the sport, crashing in practice Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
He will go to a backup car and start at the rear of the field for Sunday’s race.
Almirola said a left rear tire went down and caused him to crash.
Three teams had left rear issues Friday, but a Goodyear official said those tire failures were the result of teams having the air pressure below the recommended minimum level.
Almirola was unsure what caused his problem.
“Disappointing,’’ he said. “Just really frustrating because we were working on this car and getting it better and now we’ve got to go to a backup.’’
Almirola admits the incident added to quite a week that began with his victory at Daytona International Speedway.
“I guess the term is hero to zero but we’re not a zero,’’ Almirola said. “We’ll be fine. I’m not worried about it.’’
Brad Keselowski was the fastest in the first practice session Saturday with a lap of 133.745 mph. Almirola ranked 26th before his crash at 131.583 mph.