Aric Almirola says he's close to deal

Updated: October 28, 2012, 7:38 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Aric Almirola said he is close to a deal that will keep him in the famous No. 43 at Richard Petty Motorsports in 2013 following Sunday's fourth-place finish at Martinsville Speedway.

"I feel like I'm close to getting it done,'' said Almirola, who was given a one-year deal for this year. "I want to be there.''

Sunday's finish equaled Almirola's career best. He was fourth last season in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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