After bouncing around in part-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rides since 2007, Aric Almirola got his big break in 2012 when he landed a full-time ride driving the No. 43 Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports. In 2013 Aric will try to improve on last season in which he posted his second career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series top-five finish and finished a career high 20th in the championship standings. Almirola will have Smithfield Foods on his No. 43 Ford for 25 races in 2013.