With Aric Almirola sidelined indefinitely with a application fracture in his behind following Saturday’s burning pile-up during Kansas Speedway, his group is seeking a deputy motorist in a No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford.
Unfortunately for many NASCAR fans, a deputy motorist isn’t going to be Carl Edwards.
Richard Petty Motorsports reached out to Edwards to expostulate a No. 43 by Sonoma (June 25). Edwards told Fox Sports he was respected by a offer, yet respectfully declined.
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Along with confirming that Edwards is unequivocally finished pushing in a Cup Series, a update also sheds light on how prolonged Richard Petty Motorsports expects Almirola to be sidelined.
Almirola suffered a application detonate in a T5 vertebra in a crash involving Danica Patrick and Joey Logano on Lap 199 of a 267-lap Go Bowling 400 during Kansas. Logano’s shop-worn automobile veered into Patrick, promulgation them both into a wall. Almirola, about 10 cars back, couldn’t stop and strike Logano’s automobile vigourously in Turn 2.
Almirola had to be cut out of his automobile and was airlifted to a University of Kansas Medical Center, where he spent a night Saturday into Sunday.
According to ESPN, Almirola’s damage isn’t as critical as Denny Hamlin’s L1 compression detonate in his behind during a 2013 season, that forced him to skip 4 races. Still, it appears Richard Petty Motorsports is going to be discreet with Almirola and gave him during slightest 6 weeks to heal.
Edwards pronounced in Mar he would be open to being surrogate NASCAR motorist in retirement, yet apparently he doesn’t wish to be behind behind a circle only yet.
The agreeable and effusive Edwards, 37, has 28 competition victories, 22 poles, 124 tip fives and 220 tip 10s in 445 starts, yet he never has claimed an undisguised pretension on NASCAR’s tip array given he pennyless in before a 2004 season. He and Tony Stewart tied for a championship in 2011, yet Stewart won a pretension in a tiebreaker.