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Aric Almirola Retiring at End of 2022

Aric Almirola will retire at the end of the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series, he announced Jan. 10.

Almirola announced his retirement at the Stewart-Haas Racing shop alongside an event for sponsor Smithfield, according to the Associated Press. He also talked about the retirement in a YouTube video.

Almirola has been a full-time driver in the Cup Series since 2012.

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“… at this point, I’m ready to go back to being a fan,” Almirola said in the video. “I’m ready to be a husband and to be a dad full time and to be a fan of the sport again.”

Almirola is coming off a one-win 2021 season, with two top fives and five top 10s. He’ll return to Stewart-Haas Racing’s No. 10 for 2022.

In 388 Cup starts entering 2022, the 37-year-old Almirola boasts three wins, 26 top fives and 84 top 10s, dating to his debut in 2007.

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Jake

Always a good guy who showed what he could do with solid equipment at SHR.

I would imagine Ryan Preece already knew about this news prior and is why he signed with SHR

Bill B

Kind of seems a little early for retirement (he’s 37). He did have that bad accident which probably still haunts him. I guess he’s made enough to not want to play Russian Roulette anymore. I hope he has a safe final season.

Echo

Kyle Busch is 36 and could retire now and have enough money to do anything he wanted the rest of his life. Perhaps Smithfield said enough is enough. Maybe Tony has other plans. Nobody ever really knows at this point.

Bdeholl

I’ll take Aric’s word for the why of it, always seemed like a good man of integrity. Time to be a husband and a dad.

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