FORT WORTH, Texas — Hard feelings were had following the AAA Texas 500 when eighth-place finisher Aric Almirola had harsh words for third-place finisher Joey Logano after contact between the two pushed Almirola out of the top-five.
“We worked diligently all day to get to the front and finally got ourselves in position to at least have a shot,” said Almirola. “then the 22 just put it right on my door and about wrecked us both.”
“I don’t have to talk to him but he just continues to make things harder on himself. If that’s the way he wants to race me when he’s already locked into Homestead and we’re out here fighting for our lives, that’s fine. When Homestead cones around, if I’m not in, he’ll know it.”
When asked how far he’d be willing to take things with the 22, Almirola was clear he’d make it difficult on the Penske driver when Homestead arrives on the schedule.
“I’m fired up. Let’s go.”
While Logano is currently locked into the Championship round in Miami, Almirola goes into ISM Raceway in a must-win situation as he sits seventh on the Playoff grid. He holds an average finish of 16.3 at ISM Raceway despite finishing seventh there in the Spring.
The final race in the Round of Eight will be the Can-Am 500 at ISM Raceway on November 11. The four contenders for the championship round at Homestead on November 18 will be decided following this race.