To qualify for the All-Star Race, Aric Almirola and the No. 43 Smithfield Ford team will have to finish first or second in the Sprint Showdown 40-lap qualifier race.
He can also be voted in by the Sprint Fan Vote. Fans can go to www.nascar.com/SprintFanVote or NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile '13, where votes count twice, until May 18. Almirola has made two starts in his Sprint Cup career at Charlotte. He won the pole for the Coca-Cola 600 last May. In the fall event, he started 17th and finished 12th. Almirola also has seven Nationwide starts at the 1.5-mile track with an average finish of 13th and two truck starts with an average finish of eighth.-Breaking Limits