By Mike Leslie, Sports Anchor/Digital Journalist - email
Richard Petty Motorsports and Smithfield Foods, Inc. have reached a three-year extension for the food company to be the primary sponsor for Aric Almirola's No. 43 Ford.
Petty Motorsports also signed Almirola to a three-year extension of his own, to work alongside the extension for Smithfield.
Smithfield started as a part-time primary sponsor for the No. 43 Ford in 2012. The food company has increased its involvement steadily, and they now have signed on for all but seven races of the 38-race schedule.
Almirola had a strong 2013 season, finishing 18th, after spending much of the year in the Top 12.
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