NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

 
             === Ambrose, Almirola remaining with Petty in 2013 ===
 
 Homestead,  FL  (Sports Network) -  Marcos Ambrose  and Aric Almirola have re-
 signed  with Richard  Petty Motorsports for the 2013 Sprint Cup Series season,
 the team announced on Saturday.
 
 Ambrose  will enter  his third season driving for Richard Petty's organization
 in  Sprint Cup.  The 36-year-old Australian native recorded his first two wins
 in  NASCAR's  top series  with the No.  9 team.  He won the  2011 and '12 road
 course  races  at Watkins Glen, N.Y.  Ambrose also earned his first two Sprint
 Cup poles this year -- Michigan and Sonoma, Calif.
 
 "It's  good to come  back to Richard Petty Motorsports and focus on our future
 together,"  Ambrose  said. "We  had success  this year  and recently have made
 plans to get better for 2013 and beyond."
 
 Ambrose  will  start second in  Sunday's season-ending race at Homestead-Miami
 Speedway.
 
 Almirola,  28, is  completing his first full season in Sprint Cup, driving the
 famed  No.  43 car for  Petty. He has scored  three top-10 finishes this year,
 including  a fourth-place  run last  month  at Martinsville.  Crew chief  Todd
 Parrott recently joined RPM to guide Almirola's efforts.
 
 "We  went  through some changes this  season, but since being paired with Todd
 (Parrott)  and this  crew, I've had the most  fun I've had in a Cup car," said
 Almirola,  who will start fifth at Homestead. "I think we have a lot of things
 clicking right now and have a lot of momentum heading into 2013."
 
 RPM  previously announced its continuing relationship with Ford Racing and the
 addition of crew chief Drew Blickensderfer for Ambrose's No. 9 team.
 
 11/17 11:37:28 ET

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