“While They Still Think Dad’s Cool…” – Aric Almirola Reveals Why He’s Retiring From NASCAR

Published 01/11/2022, 1:02 AM EST
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – JULY 01: Aric Almirola, driver of the #88 Suave Men Chevrolet, looks on during qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Subway Jalapeno 250 Powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway on July 1, 2011 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images for NASCAR)


Aric Almirola has just dropped a massive bombshell and announced that he would retire at the end of the 2022 Cup season. All of a sudden, Ryan Preece’s recruitment as a reserve driver makes a lot more sense now. Putting all of that aside for now, the 37-year-old will be looking forward to his final season in NASCAR. Almirola spoke about how this decision affects his personal life and family.

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He said, “At the end of this season, I’m going to have a 10-year-old Alex and a 9-year-old Abby. I’ve got a short window to spend with them while they still think Dad’s cool. Before you know it, they’re going to have car keys and they’re going to be running off with their friends and I’m going to miss it. I don’t want to miss it, I don’t want to keep racing six-seven years down the road. My kids will be grown and running off with their friends, doing the same thing that I did when I was 16-17, and regret it. Then miss that opportunity to spend that quality time with them.”

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Aric Almirola will look forward to his final season in NASCAR

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In the NASCAR Cup Series, he enjoyed a 15-year long career. This includes a grand total of 388 races till the end of the 2021 season. He also managed to rack up three wins in the Cup Series and will be trying to add to that tally for one last time. Meanwhile, in the Xfinity and Truck Series championships, he registered 3 and 2 wins, respectively.

BROOKLYN, MI – JUNE 12: Aric Almirola, driver of the #51 Graceway Pharmaceuticals Toyota, stands on the grid during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series VFW 200 at Michigan International Speedway on June 12, 2010 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)

On an interesting note, he is stepping away from full-time racing. Whether this opens up opportunities for one-off appearances, is anybody’s guess. In all honesty, so many other drivers before him have done this and never fully retired from the sport, with Dale Earnhardt Jr being a prime example. Of course, nobody knows if Aric Almirola will follow this path, or fully retire from the sport.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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