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Season going “miserably wrong,” says Almirola

HOMESTEAD, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 28: Aric Almirola, driver of the #10 Smithfield Ford, waits on the grid prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Dixie Vodka 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on February 28, 2021 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Aric Almirola did not have the best start of the season. The Haas driver has said it has been going “miserably wrong” until now but hopes the good results at Richmond are a sign of what’s to come.

“I never had a project that I expected to go miserably wrong, and that’s exactly what happened to our season,” Almirola replied when asked by ASN Motorsports what his expectations were coming into the season.

“I did not expect our season to start the way that it has; I don’t think anybody on our team, or any of our partners, would have expected us to go through the beginning part of the season that we’ve gone through.

“So, that was definitely something that caught us all off-guard, it’s been a really rough stretch but I’m proud of the way we’ve continued to fight, we continued to dig deep and really try and persevere, and Richmond was a nice way for us to bounce back and hopefully we can put all those bad races behind us so we can move forward and keep the momentum going now.”

Asked if he expected Talladega to be something different this year due to the season circumstances, Almirola replied that he expects the race to be the “same old Talladega,” saying he believes he’s got what’s needed for the victory, and that part of it is a matter of luck.

“I expect Talladega to be the same old Talladega. It’s going to be exciting, there’s going to be a lot of close racing, pushing, and shoving, probably there’s going to be a big wreck and it’s a matter of hoping that you’re ahead of the big wreck, or that you miss it.

“We had really good speedway cars, we had one down at Daytona in the Duels, our cars are fast so we know we can go there and have the capability of winning, [you] just got to have some luck on your side and have things go your way, and hopefully you don’t end up crashed.”

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