Aric Almirola wins Xfinity Series race at Talladega

Posted May 09, 2017

Aric Almirola pulls himself out of his auto in Victory Lane after winning the Sparks Energy 300 Xfinity race at Talladega Saturday.

Also this weekend: Sparks Energy 300 (113 laps, 300.58 miles), Xfinity Series, Talladega, 1 p.m., Saturday, Fox, MRN. "I wish we had another shot at it". The result moved him to 17th in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship standings, but a penalty could cost him a chance to stay within striking distance of the playoffs.

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"I feel bad about the 16-I got into the back of the 16 and tore up a lot of cars", Almirola said ruefully.

The win was Almirola's first of the season in four starts and his first at Talladega. "I should know better", Sadler said after his second-place finish. "Especially coming here where I don't have a lot of experience on superspeedways in general". Just kind of trying to figure it all out. And unfortunately, you couldn't do it long enough. That is the biggest reason why this race can be so hard to predict. Drivers will spend the entire race attempting to make a run to the front of the pack but all it takes is an unanticipated bump or rub to completely knock a portion of the field right out of the race. He now leads the XFINITY Series point standings by 29 points over Justin Allgaier. Look for Logano to contend for the outright win this week as a lock to finish in the top-five at the GEICO 500. "I think it does give you more confidence in yourself (running the Xfinity race) and your ability, and it is 300 miles of practice, so to speak, of looking in your mirror and timing runs, but the cars drive so much different". We need a good run to be honest with you. We ran about 10 laps in practice and I said, 'Put it on jack stands.