The damage, which has a normal therapeutic time of eight to 12 weeks, took eight weeks for Almirola to get well. (Photograph: Getty Photographs)&#thirteen;

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Richard Petty Motorsports driver Aric Almirola, who suffered an acute compression fracture to his T5 Vertebra after a multi-automotive accident at Kansas Speedway in Might, will return to Monster Power NASCAR Cup Collection competitors this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
 
The damage, which has a normal therapeutic time of eight to 12 weeks, took eight weeks for Almirola to recuperate. All through the restoration course of, Almirola did bodily remedy, swam and examined in a simulation and on monitor setting. A check yesterday at Charlotte Motor Speedway was the ultimate step in a multi-step course of to return to the No. forty three Smithfield Ford.
 
“It felt nice to be again within the racecar yesterday,” stated Almirola. “After racing within the Monster Power Collection for 5 and a half years, it acquired to be routine, and I took it as a right. When one thing will get taken away from you at a second’s discover like that, it has definitely made me respect my ardour for racing and my want to compete at this degree. The joys of operating 200 miles per hour in a inventory automotive was one thing that I had truthfully misplaced a bit bit. After being out of the automotive for eight weeks, the eagerness is again, now greater than ever.
 
“Bodily, I felt nice within the automotive and had no ache related to the damage throughout yesterday’s check” Almirola continued. “I might wish to sincerely thank all the medical personnel which have helped me by means of this course of, my household, my pals, my group and all of the followers that supported me. I am very grateful to Bubba (Wallace), Regan (Smith) and Billy (Johnson) for all of their efforts subbing for me each on and off the monitor. I am excited to get again to racing towards all my buddies and friends within the Monster Power Collection.”
 
Almirola will return to the seat of the “Petty Blue” No. forty three Smithfield Ford Fusion on the one-mile monitor the place he has scored one Prime-5 and two Prime-10 finishes.