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Almirola picks up win at Talladega

16 October, 2018, 14:08 | Author: Candice Daniels
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That's exactly what the Stewart-Haas Racing cars did in the opening laps, led by pole-sitter Kurt Busch. Almirola came close time and again this year but fell short.

Aric Almirola finished a Stewart-Haas Racing rout at Talladega Superspeedway by taking his first win of the season with a last-lap pass for the victory.

"He just keeps telling me, 'Calm down, take deep breaths, '" Almirola said. That made other drivers have to decide between trying for stage points or pitting early and going for the win. "I hated the outcome that it was but it feels good to cross that finish line knowing we won that race".

Almirola's win earned him an automatic berth into the third round of the playoffs. "We are going down to the checkered flag, Noah is going for it, too".

The answer came back: Aric Almirola, the SHR driver who needed it the most.

The SHR Fords were untouchable all weekend. However inevitably the big one happened with three laps to go. The outcome of the race changed very quickly on those final two laps.

First Busch's fuel light began to flicker. Almirola took the lead on the final lap as teammate Kurt Busch ran out of gas.

Almirola almost won the season-opening Daytona 500 but was wrecked while leading on the final lap.

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"Four or five times this year I felt like we had a shot to win but haven't been able to seal the deal".

Bowyer finished second, congratulated his teammate and praised the SHR cooperation.

Bowyer added, "Great day for Stewart-Haas". We got caught up in the first wreck. "Oh my gosh, was it awesome". The 12 drivers still in the hunt for the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series championship will be hoping to avoid it in the 1000Bulbs.com 500, because it could spell their doom if they don't. Their cars are just really fast. It's just been an unlucky season for us.

"My spotter said clear coming down to the tri-oval and I just didn't get cleared enough", Peters said. They stayed that way though stages 1 and 2, winning both (Busch the first and Harvick the second).

The event was the second in the three-race Round of 12 in the playoffs.

Kyle Busch elected to stay out, but almost every other lead lap auto came to the pits, with Kurt Busch beating Keselowski off pit road. Ron Capps won in the Funny Car. Going into the final race of round two, four drivers including Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, Kyle Larson and Alex Bowman are on the outside looking in and need to make up some real ground in order to move forward. Kurt Busch pretty much controlled the flow of the lead four, racking up 108 of the 189 laps, but it all went for not in the end. The track was ready to go. I was watching the oil and water temperature peg. It's a human call.

"Out of all the speedway races we have had, we have run okay, but then the cars are totaled at the end", Wallace said Friday at Talladega. "It's all out of your hands from when we drop the green". The race in Kansas will be a wild one, check it out next Sunday.

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