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Aric Almirola at Dover International Speedway in June. Almirola enters this weekend's race 16th in points.
With one race left before the Chase resets for the Contender Round, Aric Almirola isn’t concerned about the strength of his team.
Almirola thinks he and his team will run strong for the rest of the season, whether or not the No. 43 car advances to the next round of the playoffs.
“I don't see any reason for us to not continue to perform the way we have the last four weeks, really,” Almirola said to The Racing Experts Wednesday. “I don't see us falling off the wagon. It may happen, but I don't think so.”
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Aric Almirola races Kevin Harvick at Chicagoland Speedway.
Almirola proceeded to talk about his recent success at tracks still left on the schedule.
“Dover is one of my favorite racetracks, I think we ran 12th there earlier this year,” he said. “So if we can get a little bit better there, I think that it's very reasonable to expect to go run in the top 10 there.
“Kansas is coming up. I think we ran sixth or seventh there earlier this year, ran in the top 5 a lot during the race, so that's going to be a great racetrack for us.
“Charlotte we finished 11th earlier this year, ran in the top 10 a lot during the race, and going to Talladega, we won the last restrictor plate race, so I have a lot of confidence going there. We're going to take the same car that we won Daytona with that was really fast.”
No matter the outcome Sunday at Dover, Almirola is focused on finishing 2014 strong.
“I feel confident, and my race team feels confident that we can go these next seven weeks and finish out the year really strong, and whatever happens, happens,” he said. “We can't control everybody else and what happens to everybody else.
“All we can control is what happens on the 43 car and trying to make it as fast as we can during practice and then work on it during the race, and then the rest is up to me on restarts and racing.”