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Almirola Removes Asterisk With Daytona Xfinity Win

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Aric Almirola won Friday night's Xfinity Series race in Daytona. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Gregg Ellman)

Aric Almirola won Friday night’s Xfinity Series race in Daytona. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Gregg Ellman)

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Full-time Sprint Cup driver Aric Almirola won Friday night’s Firecracker 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

The race ended under caution when a wreck occurred in overtime and video showed Almirola in the lead.

The victory was Almirola’s second in the series. The first victory, at the Milwaukee Mile, came with Almirola watching from pit road as he started the race in place of Denny Hamlin – who missed the start of the race because he was shuttling back and forth to a Cup race but then turned the ride over to Hamlin for the finish.

“I’m so glad to be back in Victory Lane here at Daytona,” Almirola said. “This is such a special place for me. I won my first Cup race here two years ago, and for me, this is my first XFINITY win. I know I have a win, but there’s always been an asterisk next to it…

“I hated the fact that I got credit for that. When they called me the winner, I didn’t want any of the credit. (Crew chief) Dave Rogers actually got the trophy. They tried to give me the trophy, but I didn’t want it. I didn’t think I deserved to win the race, because I wasn’t in the car when the race was over.

“But tonight I was. Tonight we went to Victory Lane, and I’m here, and I was in the car—so this is my first XFINITY win.”

Finishing second Friday at DIS was Justin Allgaier.

 

“When you lose ‘em by that little bit, it’s frustrating,” said Allgaier, who estimated he lost the event by “a sixteenth of a foot.

“But when you’re disappointed with second, it’s still a good day… Man, when you’re that close, it’s really, really tough. We’ll keeping digging. At some point we’ve got to maybe pull one of these off.”

 

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NASCAR XFINITY Series Race – Subway Firecracker 250 Powered by Coca-Cola

Daytona International Speedway

Daytona Beach, Florida

Friday, July 01, 2016

  1. (23) Aric Almirola(i), Ford, 103.
  2. (7) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 103.
  3. (30) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, 103.
  4. (4) Joey Logano(i), Ford, 103.
  5. (17) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, 103.
  6. (14) Ryan Reed, Ford, 103.
  7. (18) Jeff Green, Toyota, 103.
  8. (27) Spencer Gallagher(i), Chevrolet, 103.
  9. (15) Chase Elliott(i), Chevrolet, 103.
  10. (3) Erik Jones #, Toyota, 103.
  11. (24) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, 103.
  12. (26) Dakoda Armstrong, Toyota, 103.
  13. (39) Garrett Smithley #, Chevrolet, 103.
  14. (11) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 103.
  15. (37) Ryan Ellis, Chevrolet, 103.
  16. (32) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 103.
  17. (19) JJ Yeley, Toyota, 103.
  18. (9) Elliott Sadler, Chevrolet, 103.
  19. (34) Joey Gase, Chevrolet, 103.
  20. (6) Darrell Wallace Jr., Ford, 103.
  21. (1) David Ragan(i), Toyota, 103.
  22. (16) Blake Koch, Chevrolet, 103.
  23. (12) Benny Gordon, Toyota, 102.
  24. (31) Bobby Gerhart, Chevrolet, 102.
  25. (35) Scott Lagasse Jr., Ford, 100.
  26. (8) Brennan Poole #, Chevrolet, Accident, 97.
  27. (33) David Starr, Chevrolet, Accident, 96.
  28. (2) Austin Dillon(i), Chevrolet, 96.
  29. (13) Brandon Jones #, Chevrolet, 82.
  30. (10) Corey LaJoie, Toyota, Oil Leak, 73.
  31. (20) Mark Thompson, Toyota, Engine, 57.
  32. (5) Daniel Suarez, Toyota, Accident, 48.
  33. (22) Mario Gosselin, Chevrolet, Oil Leak, 47.
  34. (28) Ryan Preece #, Chevrolet, Engine, 42.
  35. (29) Morgan Shepherd, Chevrolet, Rear Gear, 28.
  36. (25) Joe Nemechek(i), Toyota, Accident, 14.
  37. (21) Justin Marks, Chevrolet, Accident, 14.
  38. (38) Alex Guenette, Chevrolet, Accident, 9.
  39. (36) Ray Black Jr. #, Chevrolet, Accident, 8.
  40. (40) BJ McLeod #, Ford, Engine, 1.

Average Speed of Race Winner:  121.192 mph.

Time of Race:  2 Hrs, 07 Mins, 29 Secs. Margin of Victory:  Caution.

Caution Flags:  8 for 33 laps.

Lead Changes:  19 among 12 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   D. Ragan(i) 1-3; A. Dillon(i) 4-13; J. Logano(i) 14; E. Sadler 15-17; M. Thompson 18; M. Shepherd 19; T. Dillon 20-22; J. Logano(i) 23-44; R. Chastain 45-46; B. Gaughan 47; J. Logano(i) 48-68; J. Allgaier 69-71; E. Sadler 72; J. Logano(i) 73; E. Sadler 74-80; J. Logano(i) 81; C. Elliott(i) 82-86; A. Almirola(i) 87; D. Ragan(i) 88-102; A. Almirola(i) 103;.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  J. Logano(i) 5 times for 46 laps; D. Ragan(i) 2 times for 18 laps; E. Sadler 3 times for 11 laps; A. Dillon(i) 1 time for 10 laps; C. Elliott(i) 1 time for 5 laps; J. Allgaier 1 time for 3 laps; T. Dillon 1 time for 3 laps; R. Chastain 1 time for 2 laps; A. Almirola(i) 2 times for 2 laps; M. Shepherd 1 time for 1 lap; B. Gaughan 1 time for 1 lap; M. Thompson 1 time for 1 lap.

Top 10 in Points: D. Suarez – 499; E. Sadler – 493; T. Dillon – 483; J. Allgaier – 462; B. Gaughan – 449; E. Jones # – 442; B. Jones # – 429; B. Poole # – 422; D. Wallace Jr. – 394; R. Reed – 366.

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, July 2 2016
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