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Aric Almirola, Smithfield Returning to Stewart-Haas for 2020

Smithfield Foods will once again adorn Aric Almirola‘s Stewart Haas Racing Ford for the 2020 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.

2020 will mark the third year of the partnership between SHR and Smithfield, while Almirola will be backed by Smithfield for the ninth consecutive season, dating back to his first full-time MENCS circuit in 2012.

“I said when I first came to Stewart-Haas Racing that this is the opportunity every driver wants, and I’m obviously very proud to have it continue,” Almirola said in a team release. “Our relationship with Smithfield is strong. From the customers, to the retailers and all of the employees, we take a tremendous amount of pride in representing the Smithfield brand.”

In 310 starts, Almirola has notched two victories, including the MENCS playoff race at Talladega Superspeedway last fall. Additionally, the Florida native has recorded 16 top fives, 59 top 10s, two pole awards and is one of only 31 drivers to have won a race in each of NASCAR’s three national touring series.

This season, Almirola has recorded 10 top 10s, a pole award at Atlanta Motor Speedway and made the playoffs for the third time in his career, though he was eliminated after the Round of 16.

While terms of the deal were not publicly disclosed, Smithfield is expected to be the primary sponsor on Almirola’s No. 10 Ford for 25-30 events in 2020.

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    Cannot believe a company has that much money these days to grow around how can Smithfield justify the ROI, there is none. Executive ‘s throwing away money so they can be wined dinedand treated royally

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      True. They would get more return for their money just buying network ads during the race. Almirola and Smithfield name aren’t seen much during a race and even then it’s fleeting. Throwing money away. Tony might have wanted to move on from Almirola, but that money talks. Bowyer without any Smithfield in sight, let alone a half a Smithfield, might be a problem.

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    ….UGH. Besides, not that this company Smithfield will miss my dollars..but selling a truly American tradition and staple to a flucking Chinese company is just disgusting. They can go screw, even though Americans are employed by them. Tis a carrot and a stick that can end at any time. Shameful. No other company in this country could have brought them? $$$$$$$$$$$.