Social roundup: Aric Almirola’s violent wreck prompts wave of driver concern


NASCAR drivers reacted en masse on Twitter to the wreck that sent Aric Almirola to the hospital Saturday night. Richard Petty Motorsports released a statement early Sunday that the driver was in stable condition and held overnight for observation.

Almirola’s No. 43 Ford briefly went airborne after colliding with the cars of Joey Logano and Danica Patrick during the Go Bowling 400 at Kansas Speedway.

NASCAR said Almirola was airlifted to the University of Kansas Medical Center for observation.

Here’s a selection of the well wishes for Almirola:

Kyle Larson retains Cup points lead leaving Richmond

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Though he finished 14th following a pit strategy gamble near the end of the race, Kyle Larson remains the NASCAR Cup Series points leader following the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway

Larson has a 40-point lead over Martin Truex Jr., an increase of 13 points from last week.

The top five is completed by Chase Elliott (-52), race winner Joey Logano (-65) and Brad Keselowski (-71).

Larson has led the points standings since the fourth race of the year at Phoenix.

Click here to see the full points standings.

JR Motorsports not fielding Truck Series team this season

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After a two-year venture in the Camping World Truck Series, JR Motorsports will not field a team in the series this season.

The team made it official with a tweet on Tuesday morning.

JR Motorsports primarily fielded Cole Custer from 2015-16 in the No. 00 Chevrolet. Custer made 33 starts for the team, earning one win in 2015 at Gateway Motorsports Park. JRM also fielded Kevin Harvick, Kyle Larson, Alex Bowman, Jeb Burton and Kasey Kahne in one race each. Kahne gave the team its only other win, at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2015.

JRM will devote its full attention to the Xfinity Series, where it will field five cars in 2017, including full-time rides for Elliott Sadler, Justin Allgaier, Michael Annett and William Byron. The fifth car will feature Dale Earnhardt Jr. and other drivers.

Custer will compete in his rookie Xfinity season with Stewart-Haas Racing, which is racing in the Xfinity Series for the first time.

Jeb Burton back in No. 98 for Xfinity Series race at Charlotte

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Jeb Burton will compete in his 14th Xfinity Series race of the year this weekend in the Drive for the Cure 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Burton, the son of former Sprint Cup driver Ward Burton, will make his third start in the No. 98 Ford Mustang of Biagi-DenBeste Racing. Burton drove the No. 43 for Richard Petty Motorsports in the first 11 races of the year. For Biagi-DenBeste Racing he has started at Indianapolis and Richmond, with a best finish of 12th at Indy.

“Our goal this weekend is to maintain good track position and get another top-10 finish,” Burton said in a press release. “I’m ready to be back racing and bring home a top finish for the whole organization.”

Biagi-DenBeste Racing has one win this year. Aric Almirola took the No. 98 to victory lane in the July race at Daytona International Speedway for the team’s second win in the Xfinity Series in 210 starts.

Burton will be making just his 16th career Xfinity start. His last start for Richard Petty Motorsports came in the May race at Charlotte, where he finished 11th.

Jeb Burton gets additional Xfinity race with new partnership at Biagi-DenBeste Racing

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Jeb Burton will make his third Xfinity Series start with Biagi-DenBeste Racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Oct. 7.

The team announced Wednesday that Burton will drive the No. 98 Ford with support from new partners The Z Real Estate Group and Keller Williams Burlington. In his previous two starts with the team, Burton finished 12th at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and 19th at Richmond International Raceway.

“I’m really excited and thankful for the opportunity to run the No. 98 The Z Real Estate Group KW Burlington Ford with Biagi-DenBeste Racing in Charlotte,” Burton said in a team release. “Biagi-DenBeste Racing has shown speed in their cars all year long, especially getting the win in Daytona in July. I’ve had a couple of solid runs with them this year, and am excited to get back to the track and get a good finish at Charlotte.”

Charlotte will be Burton’s 14th race this season. He started the year with Richard Petty Motorsports but lost his ride in June following a financial dispute between the organization and his sponsor, J. Streicher. Burton’s season-best finish is a 10th-place at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Puryear Tank Lines was also announced by Biagi-DenBeste as an associate sponsor of the No. 98 at Charlotte.