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All signs point to a top free agent signing with this team

According to ESPN, all sings point to Aric Almirola signing with Stewart-Haas Racing at some point -- the destination at which most believe he'll end up.


Almirola has said  he has no immediate plans  but has been exploring his options. His immediate focus is on finishing the season.

"The next (few)  weeks are going to be strange. We'll finish out the last ... races of the season doing the best we can. That's in the best interest of all us. The whole garage area pays attention to that stuff and it's in our best interest to perform at a high level and finish out year on a high note."

With Danica Patrick announcing this week that she will not return to Stewart-Haas Racing next year, speculation is running strong that Almirola will land there. Regardless of what comes next, Almirola says he his grateful for the time with RPM.

"To be associated with STP and their history in the sport and with Richard (Petty), has been incredible. Our partners with Fresh from Florida, and me being from Florida, that has been so cool for me. ... I've built all these relationships and it's been fun and really an honor."