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Regan Smith back in the No. 43 car for Aric Almriola

Charlotte Motor Speedway Monster Energy NASCAR Series Coca-Cola 600 - practice

CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 27: Regan Smith, driver of the #43 United States Air Force Ford, stands in the garage during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 27, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

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Regan Smith will be back in the No. 43 car this weekend at Dover International Speedway for Aric Almirola, Richard Petty Motorsports announced Wednesday.

Almirola suffered a T5 compression fracture in his back in a May 13 crash at Kansas Speedway when his car crashed into Joey Logano’s and the rear end got airborne before slamming to the ground. Almirola is expected to be out two to three months.

Smith drove the No. 43 in the Monster Energy Open on All-Star weekend and in the Coca-Cola 600. Smith did not advance to the All-Star Race. He placed 22nd in last weekend’s Coca-Cola 600.

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