RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Aric Almirola says he's making no apologies for gaining his first career Sprint Cup Series victory in a rain-shortened race.
Almirola put the famed No. 43 car of Richard Petty Motorsports in Victory Lane last Sunday in the delayed, and then rain-shortened race at Daytona International Speedway. It was the first victory in 544 races for the car Petty made famous. John Andretti won at Martinsville in 1999.
Almirola has spent two days doing a tire test at Richmond International Raceway.
He says he would feel bad if he'd been running in the back of the pack and stole the win. But he says he was already in front of the field when the rain came and could have won with or without the last thunderstorm.
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