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2013 Sprint Cup Team Preview: Richard Petty Motorsports

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Today our 2013 Sprint Cup team previews move on to the Richard Petty Motorsports team, which fields the No.9 and the No.43 Ford Fusions in the Sprint Cup Series.

After drivers Marcos Ambrose and Aric Almirola finished the 2012 season in 18th and 20th, respectively, both were re-signed by Richard Petty Motorsports for the 2013 season. Ambrose will pilot the No.9 Ford Fusion with sponsorship from DeWalt and Almirola will drive the iconic No.43 Ford Fusion and will be sponsored by Smithfield Foods.

Both Ambrose and Almirola ran well in 2012, with both drivers finishing in the top 10 numerous times and Ambrose capturing the win at Watkins Glen. With Drew Blickensderfer returning as crew chief for Ambrose and Todd Parrott returning as crew chief for Almirola, look for both drivers to have some good runs once again in 2013.

Ambrose has proven he can get the job done on road courses and this could be the year that he finally captures that elusive oval win he has so desperately been longing for. Almirola could also find himself in Victory Lane this year under the watchful eye of his seasoned crew chief, Parrott. Richard Petty Motorsports will definitely be a team to keep an eye on this year.

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