|Almirola drives for Richie Wauters|
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Aric Almirola will drive the No. 5 Jordan Truck Sales - Courtesy Ford 150 fielded by Wauters Motorsports in Friday night’s Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Almirola replaces Paulie Harraka at the wheel of the No. 5 Ford, after Harraka struggled to a 22nd-place showing in championship points. He did not compete in the series’ last two events, after being replaced by Scott Riggs and Johnny Chapman in a pair of start-and-park efforts at Michigan and Bristol. He is not expected to return to the Wauters Motorsports entry.
Almirola has two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series wins with team owner Richie Wauters as the crew chief, winning at both Dover and Michigan in 2010. He has also made three previous starts at Atlanta's tricky, high-speed quad-oval in the Truck Series, with a best finish of third in that same 2010 season.
Wauters has had tremendous success as a crew chief at the 1.54-mile Atlanta Motor Speedway, with four wins, five Top-5, and seven Top-10 finishes in 12 start. Rimrock Design and Quick Lane Tire and Auto Center will also support the No. 5 Ford as associate sponsors at Atlanta.
The Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway is slated for Friday August 31stat 8:00 pm ET. The national television broadcast on SPEED starts at 7:30pm ET. The event will be broadcast via radio worldwide on Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite Radio.