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MENCS: Aric Almirola Returns to Action at New Hampshire

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Richard Petty Motorsports announced that Aric Almirola will be back behind the wheel of the famed No. 43 machine this weekend for the Overton’s 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

“Physically, I felt great in the car and had no pain associated with the injury during yesterday’s test. I’m excited to get back to racing against all my friends and peers in the Monster Energy Series.”

Almirola has spent the past eight weeks recovering following an on-track accident with Joey Logano and Danica Patrick at Kansas Speedway. Almirola suffered an acute compression fracture to his T5 Vertebra in the accident and had to be extracted from the car.

“After racing in the Monster Energy Series for five and a half years, it got to be routine, and I took it for granted,” Almirola said. “When something gets taken away from you at a moment’s notice like that, it has certainly made me appreciate my passion for racing and my desire to compete at this level. The thrill of running 200 miles per hour in a stock car was something that I had honestly lost a little bit. After being out of the car for eight weeks, the passion is back, now more than ever.”

Before sustaining his injury, Almirola posted a pair of two top-fives, and three top-10’s in 11 races this season.

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Jacob Mullins serves as the managing editor and senior NASCAR writer covering all three national touring series's. You can find him on on Twitter at @JMulls15. An intercollegiate athletic administrator by trade, Mullins can be found at the big tracks as well as the local short tracks in the Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania area. Mullins enjoys social media, photography and graphic design. A native of West Chester, Pennsylvania, Mullins follows all forms of racing, Major League Baseball (Baltimore Orioles) and college football (Virginia Tech Hokies).

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