Bob Pockrass says Aric Almirola might retire in 2023, names Noah Gragson as the favorite replacement

Aric Almirola was supposed to retire in 2022, but decided to extend his deal for one more season towards the end of the year.

Bob Pockrass says Aric Almirola might retire in 2023, names Noah Gragson as the favorite replacement

Noah Gragson and Aric Almirola (Via IMAGO)

Fox Sports’s Bob Pockrass via X has confirmed that there is a big possibility that there is big possibility that Stewart Haas Racing veteran driver Aric Almirola will be retiring at the end of the 2023 season. This will make him the second SHR driver to retire, as 2014 Cup champion Kevin Harvick will also retire this year.


A fan asked The Fox Sports reporter on X what will happen to the No:10 Ford Mustang of Almirola in 2024, as no updates have been given about it. Replying to this, he posted a short list of vacant seats in the garage and the favorites to get the seats. It includes Ty Dillon Kaulig and RWR signing multiple drivers, along with Noah Gregson possibly replacing Almirola.

There are three seats currently open in Cup – Stewart-Haas Racing No. 10 (favorite: Noah Gragson), Kaulig Racing No. 16 (favorite: Ty Dillon), and Rick Ware Racing No. 15 (TBD, likely more than one driver).

Bob Pockrass posted on X.

One follower stressed Almirola’s future, considering he hasn’t yet confirmed his retirement. Replying to it, Pockrass pointed out that there is no indication given that Almirola will be staying with SHR in 2024.

Almirola has not announced his plans, but there has been no indication that he is staying.

Legacy Motor Club recently ousted Noah Gregson

The 2023 season hasn’t been the best for Noah Gregson. Jimmie Johnsons Legacy MC ousted him. What was more disappointing was it was his rookie season, and he failed to produce a solid race in a car that was already among the slowest on the track.

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Noah Gragson and Jimmie Johnson (Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Gregson was initially suspended for an indefinite period by Legacy and NASCAR and later exited the team, canceling their contract after a mutual agreement. The removal was due to Gregson liking a racially insensitive post on Instagram.

Gragson apologized for his action and completed sensitivity training to get reinstated by NASCAR. He has recently raced in some regional short-track racing events. Gregson was expected to go back to Xfinity or Truck Series and prove himself again. But, if is getting the seat, it might an amazing move for the youngster.