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With a stunning victory in Sunday’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Aric Almirola sent shock waves through the NASCAR Cup Series’ Playoff standings.
With hard-charging Christopher Bell closing behind him, Almirola crossed the finish line at the 1.058-mile track .657 seconds ahead of the Joe Gibbs Racing driver to win the third race of his career and give Stewart-Haas Racing its first ostensible playoff berth of the 2021 campaign.
After battling Team Penske teammates Brad Keselowski and Ryan Blaney — who waged their own internecine war shortly after the start of the third stage — Almirola had to hold off Bell to win for the first time this season and for the first time on a track that isn’t a superspeedway.
Almirola entered Sunday’s event 27th in the Cup standings. Leaving New Hampshire, he’s eligible to compete for the series championship, barring the unlikeliest of circumstances.
“This is by far one of my favorite race tracks,” an elated Almirola said after taking the checkered flag. “I love coming up to the New England area and racing. I love this race track. I had this race won a couple of years ago, and I gave it away — I lost it. And I am so glad to win a race here with this race team.
“It’s so good, man. We’ve been through so much, and I just stood the test. Everybody has just been working so hard. … There’ve been so many people who have continued to support us through the crappiest year ever. Man, this feels so good for them. My pit crew did a phenomenal job on pit road. There’s no doubt we’ve struggled, but guess what? We’re going playoff racing.”
It helped Almirola’s cause that NASCAR cut the race eight laps short of the scheduled 301 circuits because of darkness, a move necessitated by a rain delay that commenced after eight laps had been completed and Kyle Busch’s polesitting car had been wrecked beyond repair.
Bell thought an extra eight laps might have made the difference.
“I didn’t know how many laps they cut it short, but definitely whenever I saw the board and saw that we were eight laps short, it stings, man, because I feel like I probably had a little bit better pace than him, and I was able to get to him,” said Bell, who won Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the track.
“I know lapped cars were giving him a bad time, but I was able to get to him, and it was going to be a heck of a race.”
Penske teammates Keselowski, Joey Logano and Blaney ran third, fourth and fifth, respectively, with Logano recovering from a two-lap penalty incurred during the rain delay. Nicked for the two circuits when a crewman worked on his car during the red-flag period, Logano used two free passes under caution to his advantage.
Kevin Harvick finished sixth after winning the first stage and leading a race-high 66 laps, the first time since May 9 at Darlington the driver of the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford had been at the front of the field.
Ford drivers claimed five of the top six finishing positions, with Bell in a Toyota being the only exception. Kyle Larson, Ross Chastain, Alex Bowman and Denny Hamlin completed the top 10.
Almirola’s victory set up a battle between Richard Childress Racing teammates Tyler Reddick and Austin Dillon for the 16th and final playoff berth. Both were comfortably situated in points before the race, but Almirola’s win reduced the number of available non-winner spots in the postseason from four to three.
Reddick currently leads Dillon by five points for the last playoff-eligible position with four regular-season events remaining.
On Lap 6, as rain began falling with sudden intensity, frontrunner Kyle Busch spun into the Turn 1 wall, crushing the rear of his No. 18 Toyota. Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Martin Truex Jr. suffered a similar fate on the wet track, damaging the front end and splitter of his No. 19 Camry.
Hamlin spun behind Busch and Truex, making slight contact with the No. 48 Chevrolet of Bowman, but Hamlin had more time to react after witnessing the ill fortune of his JGR teammates and escaped major damage.
NASCAR officials were surprised at how quickly mist turned to hard rain rendered the track too treacherous to continue the race.
“As (race director) Tim Bermann is about to put out the yellow, we look down and (Busch) is already getting loose,” said NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer Steve O’Donnell.
“I’ve been here a number of years. That’s the first time I’ve seen that in terms of how quickly it came upon us. Certainly mist, we’ve raced in mist conditions before. The track got slick, obviously, in a hurry, and it was unfortunate what took place.”
The wreck eliminated Busch from the race in 37th (last) place. Truex recovered to finish 12th.
Logano suffered corollary damage when debris from the track stuck in the throttle linkage and prevented the throttle from opening fully. Because a crew member began working on the car before the red flag was lifted, Logano incurred the two-lap penalty.
Notes: The Nos. 12 (Blaney) and 99 (Daniel Suarez) each had one lug nut not properly secured in post-race inspection, and that will result in a fine to the respective crew chiefs when penalties come out later this week. No other issues were found during inspection, validating Almirola’s victory.
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19 July, 2021 - 06:01pm
19 July, 2021 - 06:01pm
The red flag was displayed early in Sunday’s 301-lap NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway after a burst of rain led to multiple cars spinning out, including the No. 18 of race-leader Kyle Busch.
Busch, the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 polesitter, was leading six laps into the 301-lap event, with Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Martin Truex Jr. behind him. The two Toyotas entered Turn 1, and as rain started to fall, the track got wet and they spun. Further back, teammate Denny Hamlin’s car did the same.
“We were fortunate,” Hamlin said. “I think we were just far enough up the field to be in the wreck, but far enough back to where I saw the leaders wrecking and were able to check up and brake 100 feet which kept us out of the wall. It was fortunate and unfortunate, but we’re going to be fine.”
The No. 18 of Busch backed into the wall, sustaining the most damage. The front of Truex’s No. 19 was hit, too. Hamlin and the No. 11 made contact with Alex Bowman’s No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet and then also clipped the wall, with less damage.
Everyone besides Busch returned to the race when it restarted.
“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,” Busch said. “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.”
Rain fell down harder soon after, and NASCAR threw the red flag three laps later. Chase Elliott’s No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy held the lead after Busch and Truex wrecked.
“We were excited for the opportunity to race here at one of my favorite tracks,” Truex said. “Now we’re out. We’ll be able to get some work done on it, but it’s not pretty.”
The red flag lasted one hour, 41 minutes and 22 seconds.
19 July, 2021 - 06:01pm
The NASCAR Cup Series traveled to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for their one and only stop of the season at the Magic Mile. Moments after the race began, there was chaos as race leader Kyle Busch wrecked along with several others behind him. A NASCAR officiating decision kept the race under green-flag conditions, a choice Busch strongly felt caused the incident. Moisture on the track caused him to lose grip several laps after he and other drivers complained of rain seeping into the one-mile oval.
How can NASCAR officiating improve in situations like this one? What can the sanctioning body do differently to avoid further controversy? Frontstretch’s Bryan Nolen and Adam Cheek discuss in the latest edition of Stock Car Scoop. Also on the agenda: how did Aric Almirola’s upset victory shake up the NASCAR playoff race with four races remaining and which driver should be the most concerned about potentially losing their postseason bid?
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Seeping !!! I saw it pouring on the windshields in turns one and two. Listen to the driver’s scanners, they all were reporting it. You bet Nascar rained on Kyle Busch’s parade. No question about it.
18 July, 2021 - 12:36pm
The NASCAR Cup Series heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 in Loudon, New Hampshire, on Sunday, July 18 at 3:00 p.m. ET (7/18/2021).
The Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 consists of 37 drivers pitted against one another for 301-laps of the 1.06-mile track resulting in a 318-mile race.
Kyle Busch starts in pole position, and is the favorite to win with 9-2 odds, according to CBS Sports. Busch is coming off a 2nd place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway last week. After last week, he has 12 top 5 finishes, with two of them being first-place finishes. This week he will look to win his third race this season.
Another driver to watch is Martin Truex Jr., who starts in second place in New Hampshire. Truex Jr. is coming off a third-place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He comes into the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 with 5-1 odds to win, according to CBS Sports. This season he has seven top-5 finishes and will be looking to pick up his fourth race win of the year.
What: Foxwoods Resort Casino 301, a NASCAR Cup Series Race
When: Sunday, July 18, 2021
Where: Loudon, New Hampshire
Time: 3:00 p.m. ET
Here are the 37 drivers and their positions in order of where they are slated to begin at the start of the race:
Odds are according to CBS Sports
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