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Veteran driver Aric Almirola retiring after ’22 season

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Nov 6, 2021; Avondale, Arizona, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Aric Almirola (10) during Cup Series Championship qualifying at Phoenix Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 6, 2021; Avondale, Arizona, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Aric Almirola (10) during Cup Series Championship qualifying at Phoenix Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

Veteran driver Aric Almirola announced Monday that the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season will be his last.

The 37-year-old driver of the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 10 Ford said he wants to spend more time with his family.

“To be the best in this business you’ve got to be selfish and for the last 37 years my life has always revolved around me and what I needed to do,” Almirola said. “I want to be present. I want to be the best husband and father, and that to me means more than being a racecar driver.

“So it’s one more year where I’m all in on racing, where we’ll do whatever it takes to compete at the highest level. But when the season is over, I’ll be ready to wave goodbye. I’ve loved every minute of it, but it’s time for the next chapter of my life.”

Almirola has competed in 388 races in the NASCAR Cup Series since 2007. He has posted 84 top-10 finishes with three wins: the 2014 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona, the 2018 1000Bulbs.com 500 at Talladega, and the 2021 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at Loudon.

He was leading the 2018 Daytona 500 on the final lap when he collided with eventual winner Austin Dillon, crashed into the wall and finished 11th.

A Tampa, Fla., native of Cuban descent, Almirola has also won three races in the Xfinity Series and two in the Truck Series.

–Field Level Media