Aric Almirola Wins at New Hampshire, Secures Spot in Playoffs

Aric Almirola Wins at New Hampshire, Secures Spot in Playoffs

Aric Almirola has claimed the win, and a spot in the 2021 NASCAR playoffs with a shock win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Almirola had to fend off a hard charging Christopher Bell, who had already claimed a checkered flag Saturday in the Xfinity Series race. The win not only secured a spot for Almirola in the 2021 playoffs, but is the first win for his Stewart-Haas Racing team this season.

Almirola stated while celebrating his win, “There have been so many people that have supported us through the crappiest year ever.This is, by far, one of my favorite racetracks. I love coming up here to New England. I had a chance to win a race here a few years ago and I threw it away and I am so glad to win a race here with this race team.”

The race was unfortunately shortened due to a lengthy rain delay only six laps into the race. This change in weather caught a few drivers by surprise, including then leader Kyle Busch. As Busch entered turn one, the rain began to affect the tracks racing surface, which caused Busch to spin and make contact with the outside wall. The damage was too much to repair, and Busch would have to retire from the race. Martin Truex Jr., who was running second at the time, spun as well, but was able to continue. Busch stated after the incident, “The lap before I went into (Turn) 1 and it shoved the nose really bad and I was able to keep it under control. It wasn’t bad enough. The next time I went down there, hell, I lifted at the flag stand…maybe a little past the flag stand, don’t get too dramatic, and just backed it in.”

While Christopher Bell followed up his win on Saturday with a runner-up finish, Brad Keselowski found his way to third place as the checkered flag fell Sunday. Joey Logano recovered from being a lap down early in the race to finish in fourth, while Ryan Blaney finished in fifth. Completing the top ten were Kevin Harvick, Kyle Larson, Ross Chastain, Alex Bowman and Denny Hamlin, in order. Kevin Harvick led the lap leaders on Sunday, pacing the field for sixty-six laps while Ryan Blaney led sixty-four laps. The two stage winners were Ryan Blaney and Brad Keselowski.

What’s Next For the NASCAR Cup Series?

The NASCAR Cup Series returns to action on Sunday, August 8th at Watkins Glen International. Due to the Olympics, NASCAR will get two weeks off to rest up before tackling the famed road course in upstate New York. Fans can catch all of the racing action at 3:00pm EST on NBCSN, MRN, and SiriusXM.

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