The team released a statement about Aric Almirola who suffered a broken back during Saturday's Go Bowling 400 at Kansas Speedway.
Many fans and industry professionals have been curious if Richard Petty Motorsports would find a replacement driver for the upcoming NASCAR Cup Series Monster Energy Open Race.
During a press advisory on Wednesday night (May 18th), the team explained who would be participating in the race this weekend, but didn't comment on the All-Star Race, per se. The 'Open Race' event is used to provide teams with transfer spots into Saturday night's All-Star Race.
Amirola, who suffered a crushed vertebrae during a hard-hitting crash with Danica Patrick and Joey Logano this weekend, has been forced out of the driver's seat until he's healed fully and doctors have cleared him. He even had a hard time getting doctors to let him attend a charity event this week.
The press meeting from Richard Petty Motorsports revealed that the man often called the 'super sub' for other drivers, Regan Smith, will be taking Amirola's spot in the No. 43 during the Monster Energy Open Race event.
Smith used to run in the NASCAR Cup Series, but has been competing in the truck series recently. Even though Smith was marked as eligible to compete in the event this weekend, he won't be able to secure a spot through fan-vote.
There has been no official word on when Amirola is expected to return to the track, but professional sports doctors have said that the injury is common and should not be a career-ending fracture, but there are certain circumstances that could change that outlook.
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