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Almirola Earns Xfinity Win At Talladega

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, May 6 2017

Aric Almirola celebrates his Xfinity Series victory Saturday at Talledega Superspeedway. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Andrew Coppley)

Aric Almirola took the lead with four laps left in Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Talladega Superspeedway, held off Elliott Sadler at the finish and got the third victory of his career.

Almirola beat Sadler, the series points leader, to the finish line by .142 seconds.

The win was Almirola’s first of the season and it came in a Ford owned by Biagi DenBeste race team.

“They let me run this thing seven or eight times a year, and I have so much fun, especially at the speedway races,” an elated Almirola said in Victory Lane. “Doug Yates (of Roush Yates Engines) brings some awesome horsepower, and our Ford Mustang was super-fast. I knew it right from the beginning of practice. We ran about 10 laps in practice and I said, ‘Put it on jack stands. We’re ready to go. This thing is fast.’

“What an awesome day.”

The race was now awesome for everybody as several large wrecks took out a number of cars.

Joey Logano ran third, followed by Ben Kennedy and Erik Jones, who led the race with five laps left but couldn’t hold off the charge of Almirola on the next-to-last lap. Matt Tifft, Michael Annett, Justin Allgaier, Daniel Suarez and Jeff Green completed the top 10.

“We were just one spot short today,” Sadler said.

Kennedy was racing for the first time since the 2016 season-ending NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

“It was a blast out there—we had a great car,” Kennedy said of the No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. “I wish we had another shot at it. It was fun.”

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NASCAR XFINITY Series Race – Sparks Energy 300

Talladega Superspeedway

Talladega, Alabama

Saturday, May 6, 2017

  1. (23) Aric Almirola(i), Ford, 113.
  2. (14) Elliott Sadler, Chevrolet, 113.
  3. (8) Joey Logano(i), Ford, 113.
  4. (4) Ben Kennedy, Chevrolet, 113.
  5. (10) Erik Jones(i), Toyota, 113.
  6. (19) Matt Tifft #, Toyota, 113.
  7. (21) Michael Annett, Chevrolet, 113.
  8. (6) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 113.
  9. (18) Daniel Suarez(i), Toyota, 113.
  10. (40) Jeff Green, Toyota, 113.
  11. (31) JJ Yeley, Toyota, 113.
  12. (30) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, 113.
  13. (22) Darrell Wallace Jr., Ford, 112.
  14. (7) Ty Dillon(i), Chevrolet, 112.
  15. (2) Kasey Kahne(i), Chevrolet, 112.
  16. (35) Joey Gase, Chevrolet, 112.
  17. (37) Timmy Hill, Dodge, 112.
  18. (32) David Starr, Chevrolet, 112.
  19. (25) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, 112.
  20. (16) Tyler Reddick, Chevrolet, 112.
  21. (29) Garrett Smithley, Chevrolet, 112.
  22. (38) Harrison Rhodes, Chevrolet, 112.
  23. (15) Dakoda Armstrong, Toyota, 112.
  24. (12) Brennan Poole, Chevrolet, 111.
  25. (28) Mike Harmon, Dodge, 110.
  26. (13) Cole Custer #, Ford, 95.
  27. (39) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, Electrical, 55.
  28. (26) Mark Thompson, Toyota, Engine, 55.
  29. (11) Ryan Reed, Ford, Accident, 49.
  30. (17) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, Accident, 49.
  31. (1) Blake Koch, Chevrolet, Accident, 49.
  32. (36) Martin Roy, Chevrolet, Accident, 49.
  33. (27) Chris Cockrum, Chevrolet, Accident, 49.
  34. (24) Scott Lagasse Jr., Toyota, Accident, 48.
  35. (33) Morgan Shepherd, Chevrolet, Fuel Pump, 32.
  36. (9) William Byron #, Chevrolet, Accident, 32.
  37. (5) Brandon Jones, Chevrolet, Accident, 20.
  38. (3) Daniel Hemric #, Chevrolet, Accident, 20.
  39. (20) Spencer Gallagher #, Chevrolet, Accident, 20.
  40. (34) Ray Black II, Chevrolet, Engine, 7.

 

Average Speed of Race Winner:  139.068 mph.

Time of Race:  02 Hrs, 09 Mins, 41 Secs. Margin of Victory:  0.142 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  5 for 20 laps.

Lead Changes:  27 among 13 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   B. Koch 0; K. Kahne(i) 1-5; B. Kennedy 6-10; B. Koch 11; K. Kahne(i) 12-13; D. Suarez(i) 14; K. Kahne(i) 15; J. Logano(i) 16-19; A. Almirola(i) 20-27; M. Annett 28-33; T. Dillon(i) 34-37; J. Logano(i) 38-46; E. Jones(i) 47; J. Allgaier 48-51; G. Smithley 52; J. Allgaier 53-58; E. Jones(i) 59; A. Almirola(i) 60; K. Kahne(i) 61-70; E. Jones(i) 71; J. Green 72-89; R. Chastain 90; J. Allgaier 91-104; J. Logano(i) 105-106; E. Jones(i) 107; J. Logano(i) 108; E. Jones(i) 109; A. Almirola(i) 110-113.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  J. Allgaier 3 times for 24 laps; J. Green 1 time for 18 laps; K. Kahne(i) 4 times for 18 laps; J. Logano(i) 4 times for 16 laps; A. Almirola(i) 3 times for 13 laps; M. Annett 1 time for 6 laps; B. Kennedy 1 time for 5 laps; E. Jones(i) 5 times for 5 laps; T. Dillon(i) 1 time for 4 laps; R. Chastain 1 time for 1 lap; G. Smithley 1 time for 1 lap; B. Koch 1 time for 1 lap; D. Suarez(i) 1 time for 1 lap.

Stage #1 Top Ten: 98,22,7,20,11,5,62,88,14,39

Stage #2 Top Ten: 7,3,88,98,20,22,42,5,19,2

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, May 6 2017
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