● Aric Almirola will make his 293rd career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start Sunday night at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.
● The 35-year-old has eight NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at Charlotte with one top-five finish, three top-10s and a lap-completion rate of 99.4 percent. Almirola also has two starts in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series at Charlotte, which both resulted in top-10 finishes.
● Almirola has one career Cup Series top-10 finish at Charlotte, along with one pole award – both earned in 2012.
● Ford has earned 30 wins at Charlotte. SHR teammate Kevin Harvick has three wins and Clint Bowyer and co-owner Tony Stewart have earned one win at the 1.5-mile oval.
● Career: Almirola has career totals of two wins, two poles, 16 top-five finishes, 56 top-10s and 456 laps led in 292 starts.
● 2019: Almirola has earned one pole, one top-five finish, seven top-10s and has led 99 laps in 12 races this season.
● Last win: Almirola’s Oct. 14, 2018 win at Talladega was his most recent in the Cup Series.
● Point standings: Almirola is 11th in the Cup Series standings with 334 points, 144 out of first place.
● Once again joining the Memorial Day weekend tradition of honoring America’s fallen service members as part of the NASCAR Salutes initiative, the windshield header of each Cup Series car will display the name of a fallen service member. The No. 10 Smithfield Ford Mustang will feature United States Army Warrant Officer John Patrick Bartone. A native of Hampton, Georgia, Bartone was born on November 21st, 1949, and was part of the Battery A, 2nd Battalion (Airmobile), 20th Artillery, 1st Cavalry Division
● Crew chief Johnny Klausmeier is in his second full-time season as a Cup Series crew chief. The Perry Hall, Maryland, native transitioned from an engineer to Almirola’s crew chief for the 2018 season. Klausmeier has one win as a substitute crew chief while filling in for Tony Gibson at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway in June 2016, and one win as a crew chief for Almirola last fall at Talladega. As a race engineer at SHR, Klausmeier worked with drivers Ryan Newman, Danica Patrick and Kurt Busch.
● Smithfield rejoined SHR this season and will be the primary partner for the majority of the season on the No. 10 Ford Mustang piloted by Almirola. Founded in 1936, Smithfield is a leading provider of high-quality pork products, with a vast product portfolio including smoked meats, hams, bacon, sausage, ribs, and a wide variety of fresh pork cuts.