Aric Almirola Dominates Smithfield BLT Competition
Did You Know: Not only is Aric Almirola a top-level driver on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tour, he's also a star BLT sandwich architect?
Almirola, driver of the No. 43 Smithfield Foods car for Richard Petty Motorsports, was on hand at the Food City off Hixson Pike in Chattanooga, Tenn. for a Food City 500 Cookout on March 1.
The event was open to the public to preview April 17's Food City 500. A great contingent of fans were on hand to meet Almirola, see the No. 43 Smithfield show car, enter for the chance to win tickets to BMS and to enjoy some free Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato sandwiches, featuring Smithfield bacon.
The highlight of the day: the BLT sandwich making competition. The competition pitted Almirola, Miss Food City Azlinn Alder and Food City Store Manager David Leatherwood. Each contestant was paired with a local fan, one of who would win two tickets to the Food City 500 and $50 in Food City bucks.
The contest rules were clear; each sandwich required two pieces of bread, three pieces of Smithfield bacon, one piece of lettuce and one slice of tomato. The game changer? One sandwich was required to have mayonnaise on both slices of bread.
The two minute contest was intense with the three contestants going back-and-forth. Almirola, who picked up his first career Sprint Cup Series win at the July Daytona race in 2014, ended up winning the competition with 16 completed BLT's. Miss Food City was close behind with 13.
With Almirola's victory, NASCAR fan Joy Israel will be experiencing her first race at the World's Fastest Half-Mile in April.
Following the competition, Almirola met with regional media from the Chattanooga, Knoxville and the Tri-Cities.
Almirola currently sits 10th in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points. He is looking forward to returning to The Last Great Colosseum and short track racing.
"There is a lot of prestige to winning at Bristol," said Almirola. "I think first and foremost, just how tough the race track is and how demanding it is. It's demanding physically, demanding on the race cars, demanding mentally. Bristol, being as tough as it is, it's one place that every driver wants to win."
Food City 500 tickets are available by visiting BristolTix.com or calling (855) 580-5525. Sunday tickets start at just $64.