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No. 43 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports

DRIVER: Aric Almirola

BORN: March 14, 1984

HOMETOWN: Tampa, Fla.

CREW CHIEF: Greg Erwin

SPONSOR: Smithfield Foods/U.S. Air Force

NOTES: Landed a return to the Cup Series as part of late musical chairs created when Penske parted ways with Kurt Busch. Almirola replaced Allmendinger.


No. 47 Toyota, JTG-Daugherty Racing

DRIVER: Bobby Labonte

BORN: May 8, 1964

HOMETOWN: Corpus Christi, Texas

CREW CHIEF: Todd Berrier

SPONSOR: Bush’s/Clorox/Kingsford/Kleenex/Lance

NOTES: Labonte, the 2000 Cup champion, hasn’t won a race since 2003. Was 29th in points last season with two top-10s.

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