CHARLOTTE, N.C. — In 75 races as teammates, Aric Almirola and Marcos Ambrose had never before run in the top five together. They finally broke through at Bristol Motor Speedway, where Richard Petty Motorsports scored its best overall day as an organization in years.
Almirola finished a career-best third at Bristol, while Ambrose was fifth. It marked the first time since Almirola moved into Petty’s iconic No. 43 Sprint Cup seat in 2012 that both drivers finished in the top five in the same race.
Now they had to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., looking for another big finish.
“Last week gave our team a lot of momentum going into this weekend,” Almirola said. “It showed that all of our hard work and all the investment from our partners is paying off. We have shown speed everywhere we’ve gone this year, we just haven’t seen the results to prove it. We did just that last week.”
For Ambrose, his finish at Bristol was his first top-5 since Bristol in August 2012. Last season was a disappointing year of only six top-10 finishes for the Australian.
But California will be a different animal.