Aric Almirola: Will Bristol Be His Last Free Pass?

al asifyouknowSenior Analyst IMarch 20, 2009

FONTANA, CA - FEBRUARY 01:  Aric Almirola, driver of the #8 U.S. Army Chevrolet, waits in his car during NASCAR Sprint Cup testing at California Speedway on February 1, 2008 in Fontana, California.  (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Aric Almirola is in the 35th position, this is his last free pass, he must stay in the top 35 or he may sooner rather than later become Dario Franchini the sequel. 

I know it sounds harsh, but there is no other way to say it, not many sponsors want to hold their breath week in and week out "on a hope and a prayer" that the painted hood they paid for makes an appearance on Sunday.

It is my understanding that if they can't find a primary sponsor, april 5 at Texas will be his last race.

It would be a shame if that happens, he seams to be a good kid, but the bottom line of course is he has to drive better. 

Earnhardt-Ganassi racing needs a big day from Aric Almirola also Martin Truex Jr. and Juan Pablo Montoya need to step up and drive their way  closer to the chase.

I do get this feeling that if something big doesn't happen to this team in 2009, both Truex Jr. and Montoya will be gone.

Ganassi will get out of NASCAR and Teresa will sell her team, hey, maybe to JR. now  that would be a story as big as "GONE WITH THE WIND."