Dallas Motorsports: Aric Almirola

New hands to wheel familiar No. 43 in 2012

January, 4, 2012
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Aric Almirola was named driver of the famed No. 43 for Richard Petty Motorsports Wednesday.

Almirola finished fourth in the Nationwide Series standings this past season for JR Motorsports. He will replace AJ Allmendinger, who two weeks ago was named Kurt Busch's replacement in the No. 22 at Penske Racing.

"One of the things I am most excited about is to have the chance to drive a car as iconic as the No. 43," Almirola said in a statement. "There is so much history surrounding that number and to have my name above the door will be really special for me."

Cole Whitt is expected to replace Almirola at JRM, sources said.

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Budweiser to stay with No. 9 at TMS

November, 3, 2010
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Amid speculation that Anheuser-Busch would not continue to sponsor the No. 9 car past last weekend's race at Talladega Superspeedway, Budweiser said Tuesday it will remain a sponsor for Richard Petty Motorsports for the final three Sprint Cup events of the season.

Aric Almirola, who replaced Kasey Kahne, will drive the No. 9 for the third straight race at Texas Motor Speedway. Kahne moved to Red Bull Racing, where he will compete full-time next season. All four RPM cars are entered in Sunday's race at TMS.

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