FORT WORTH, Texas — Aric Almirola is set to replace Danica Patrick in the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 10 car next season and new SHR sponsor Smithfield also has agreed to continue a relationship with Richard Petty Motorsports, sources said. Almirola said last week that he was continuing to work on his 2018 plans, and SHR has announced that it would hold a news conference for Wednesday morning to introduce the driver of its Smithfield-sponsored No. 10 car. Smithfield, which has sponsored Almirola for the past six seasons at RPM, announced in September that it would move to SHR in 2018 but did not announce a driver. At the time, Almirola would not say what his 2018 plans were, but just that he would not return to the Petty team. Smithfield has recently agreed to an ongoing collaboration with RPM next season as it transitions to SHR, according to a source. RPM and Smithfield executives exchanged harsh words following that announcement, with Richard Petty…

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