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For Aric Almirola, It Was Fun While It Lasted

Sandra MacWattersCorrespondent IJuly 8, 2010

LOUDON, NH - JUNE 26:  Aric Almirola, back-up driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, stands in the garage prior to practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LENOX Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on June 26, 2010 in Loudon, New Hampshire.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Aric Almirola got to do what no one else has done, at least publicly. He drove the No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet as Jimmie Johnson looked on.

For Almirola, it was quite the compliment to be the one chosen to fill in should it be necessary for Johnson to miss a race for the birth of his first child.

Almirola won't be driving the Hendrick car again any time soon.

Johnson's wife Chandra gave birth to a baby daughter today.  Mother and baby are reported to be doing well, but there will be few, if any, other details released.

Certainly the confidence Chad Knaus and the Hendrick team had in Almirola to pilot their Chevrolet around a track in race conditions will look good on his resume.

One could have pretty much bet that Johnson would not miss a race with so much riding on his chances at the fifth NASCAR Sprint Cup championship.

Johnson dropped to third in the Sprint Cup points standings after being caught in the melee at Daytona.

Kevin Harvick remains the points leader, and Johnson's car owner, Jeff Gordon, took a whopping 13 point lead ahead of him.

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So for Aric Almirola, it was fun while it lasted, but now it is back to less glamorous rides.

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