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Almirola had not been to Victory Lane in the Cup Series since his 2018 playoff win at Talladega Superspeedway, a span of 98 races.

Christopher Bell finished second. He has now finished runner-up in two of the past three races (second – Road America, eighth – Atlanta).

Team Penske’s trio had a solid afternoon. Brad Keselowski finished third. Joey Logano finished fourth. Ryan Blaney finished fifth.

Denny Hamlin (finished 10th Sunday) remains the Cup regular season points leader with four races to go before the playoffs begin.

Hamlin leads Kyle Larson (finished seventh Sunday) by 13 points. Hamlin has 874 points. Larson has 861 points.

William Byron (finished 21st Sunday) moved into third place with 749 points. Kyle Busch (finished 37th Sunday) slipped down to fourth place with 740 points. Reigning Cup Series champion Chase Elliott (finished 18th Sunday) remains in fifth place with 736 points.

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Under darkness, Almirola pulls off shocker

Sioux City Journal 18 July, 2021 - 10:10pm

Aric Almirola holds up a giant lobster in victory lane after winning Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series race in Loudon, N.H. 

Brad Keselowski's pit crew goes to work during Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series race in Loudon, N.H. Keselowski, who led 53 laps, finished third. 

Aric Almirola holds up a giant lobster after winning Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series race in Loudon, N.H. 

LOUDON, N.H. — Aric Almirola carried the weight of a winless season while chasing a playoff berth that seemed implausible for a driver buried deep in the standings on a Stewart-Haas Racing program that had yet to take a checkered flag.

His confidence sagged. The pressure tightened on the No. 10 team.

With darkness falling at New Hampshire, Almirola saw his season suddenly come into focus. Almirola sprung to life late Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and pulled off the surprise victory, a vital boost for SHR, Ford and another shakeup of the NASCAR playoff picture.

"Coming into this race, we never gave anybody a reason to pick us," Almirola said. "It feels good to be the underdog and come out of nowhere and have the race car we did."

Almirola snapped a 98-race winless streak and added New Hampshire to a rain-shortened win at Daytona in 2014 and Talladega in 2018 for his third victory in 374 races.

Almirola was the latest surprise winner and played havoc with the playoff picture with only four races left before the 16-driver field is set. Austin Dillon and Tyler Reddick are among the drivers who could use a win and clinch a berth.

The race was delayed nearly two hours by rain and NASCAR called it early due to darkness, leaving it eight laps shy of its scheduled conclusion.

New Hampshire was scheduled for 301 laps and 318.46 miles. Almirola took the checkered in 293 laps. He broke up the Team Penske party — Brad Keselowksi and Ryan Blaney had a fun back-and-forth for the lead at one point — and Christopher Bell could not catch him.

Bell won the Xfinty Series race Saturday and was second. Keselowski, Joey Logano and Blaney made it a 3-4-5 finish for Team Penske.

"I felt like I probably had a little bit better pace than him, able to get to him," Bell said. "Lapped cars were giving him a bad time. If I was able to get to him, it was going to be a heck of a race."

Almirola rested his head on the car in almost stunned disbelief that he clinched his playoff spot.

"There is no doubt we have struggled," Almirola said. "But guess what? We're going playoff racing."

Almirola, who entered 27th in the points standings, was the first driver out of the SHR pack that includes Kevin Harvick, Cole Custer and Chase Briscoe to take the checkered flag. Almirola had only two top 10s this season. Harvick was sixth and led a race-high 66 laps.

Ford drivers took five of the top six spots.

Almirola said there was "enough light" to keep racing to the scheduled finish.

NASCAR senior vice president of competition Scott Miller defended the decision to shorten the race.

"We just felt like it was getting too dark and needed to call it. It's just as simple as that," he said. "Completely based on raceability. "

NASCAR started the race under wet conditions and that decision turned into a disaster when Kyle Busch, the polesitter, spun on the slick track and wrecked only six laps into the race. Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Martin Truex Jr. and Denny Hamlin also spun and the red flag was waved to stop the race. Truex and Hamlin returned to race. Busch's race in the No. 18 Toyota was over and he bit his tongue on NASCAR's call to start the race.

"It never should have gone green to begin with, but then it kept getting worse and worse lap over lap," Busch said. "We've been talking about it for two laps that it was raining. There's no sense in saying what I want to say, it doesn't do you any good."

Hamlin said, "this is just a bad look."

NASCAR executive vice president Steve O'Donnell said on NBC Sports races have started in the mist but the track "got slick in a hurry."

New England Patriots return specialist Gunner Olszewski, the honorary pace car driver, and drivers Bubba Wallace and Corey LaJoie tossed the football around with fans during the delay.

Busch pulled down the window net in his Toyota and appeared to bump the pace car in frustration on his way to pit road. Miller said NASCAR would address Busch's actions this week.

Summer vacation! With NBC busy with Olympics coverage, NASCAR takes a rare two-week break and does not return until Aug. 8 at Watkins Glen. Watkins Glen was bumped from the schedule last season because of the pandemic. Elliott won the last race on the road course in 2019.

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Aric Almirola holds up a giant lobster after winning Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series race in Loudon, N.H. 

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Aric Almirola shakes up NASCAR Cup Playoff standings with unexpected win at New Hampshire

Kickin' the Tires 18 July, 2021 - 08:40pm

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 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 director 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.

Average Speed of Race Winner:  99.004 mph.

Time of Race:  3 Hrs, 7 Mins, 52 Secs. Margin of Victory:  0.697 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  6 for 47 laps.

Lead Changes:  14 among 10 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   K. Busch 1-6;C. Elliott 7-23;K. Busch 24-25;C. Elliott 26-61;R. Blaney 62-77;B. Keselowski 78;K. Harvick 79-130;D. Hamlin 131;K. Harvick 132-145;B. Keselowski 146-197;R. Blaney 198-245;A. Almirola 246-250;R. Chastain 251-253;M. DiBenedetto 254-273;A. Almirola 274-293.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  Kevin Harvick 2 times for 66 laps; Ryan Blaney 2 times for 64 laps; Brad Keselowski 2 times for 53 laps; Chase Elliott 2 times for 53 laps; Aric Almirola 2 times for 25 laps; Matt DiBenedetto 1 time for 20 laps; Kyle Busch 1 time for 6 laps; Ross Chastain 1 time for 3 laps; Kurt Busch 1 time for 2 laps; Denny Hamlin 1 time for 1 lap.

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In the dark, Aluminum Roller pulls Shocker apart in New Hampshire - Illinois News Today

Illinois News 18 July, 2021 - 07:48pm

Loudon, New Hampshire (AP) — As the darkness approached, Arick Almirolla flourished at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway at the end of Sunday, winning Stewart-Haas Racing’s first surprise victory of the year.

“There is no doubt that we had a hard time,” said Aluminum Roller. “But what do you guess? You’ll be in the playoff race.”

The victory was a necessary boost for Ford, causing havoc on the playoff field with only four races remaining before the field of 16 drivers was set. The race was delayed by nearly two hours due to rain, and NASCAR called early due to darkness, delaying the planned conclusion by eight laps.

New Hampshire was scheduled for 301 laps and 318.46 miles.

Almirora, who finished 27th in the points ranking, won his third career cup since 2018 and won the chase flag as the first driver in the SHR pack, including Kevin Harvic, Cole Custer and Chase Briscoe. did. Aluminum Roller had only two top 10s this season.

“There are so many people who have supported us throughout the worst year ever,” said Aluminum Roller. “Man, this feels very good to them.”

He broke up Team Penske’s party — Brad Keserowkushi and Ryan Blaney enjoyed the lead many times at some point — and Christopher Bell couldn’t catch him.

Bell won the Xfinty series race on Saturday and finished second. Keselowski, Joey Logano and Blagny achieved a 3-4-5 finish for Team Penske.

Almirora put his head on the car with almost astonishing distrust that he had clinched the playoffs.

“I love this race track,” he said. “I won this race a few years ago but lost. We have experienced a lot and I just endured the test.”

Ford drivers took 5th out of the top 6 places.

NASCAR started the race in wet conditions, and when pole-sitter Kyle Busch spun on a smooth track and entered the race in just six laps, the decision was disastrous. Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Martin Truex Jr. and Denny Hamlin also spun and a red flag was waved to stop the race. Truex and Hamlin are back in the race. Bush’s race at No.18 Toyota was over and he bit his tongue at NASCAR’s call to start the race.

“It shouldn’t have been green in the first place, but then the lap overlap got worse and worse,” Bush said. “I was talking about it raining for two laps. It doesn’t make sense to say what I mean, it doesn’t help you.”

“This just looks bad,” Hamlin said.

Steve O’Donnell, executive vice president of NASCAR, said the NBC Sports race started in the fog, but the track “hurried and smoothed.”

The New England Patriots returned honorary pace car driver Gunner Orshski, and drivers Baba Wallace and Cory Lajoy threw football with their fans while they were late.

Chase Elliott was still immersed on Saturday night when he faced his NASCAR Hall of Fame father directly and won the Superstar Racing Experience at the old Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway.

His father is a regular at SRX, but he made the most of Bill Elliott, 65. Tony Stewart was second and Elder Elliott was third.

“We were literally racing to win the race last night, and it wasn’t a fluke, a joke, or a setup,” Chase Elliott said. “We were legally racing 1-2. That’s great. Tony was my hero forever. What’s more special to share the podium with both. I couldn’t ask. “

Current Cup Champion Chase Elliott said NASCAR should race at Fairgrounds across the farther Nashville Superspeedway.

“I always felt that way, but other tracks aren’t the answer,” he said. “Energy is right there in town and you don’t have to look any further. That city is over. No doubt.”

Kyle Larson wins the prestigious Kings Royal Dirt Race at $ 175,000 in the World of Outlaw series on Saturday night, and Harvic, with his own management team, sees client Miesha Tate retire and win the UFC battle. I did.

Summer vacation! NASCAR rarely takes a two-week break and will not return to Watkins Glen until August 8, as the NBC is busy reporting on the Olympics. Watkins Glen bumped from last season’s schedule for a pandemic. Elliott won the last race of the 2019 road course.

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Almirola scores upset win in chaotic New Hampshire race

Motorsport AU 18 July, 2021 - 07:40pm

With Stewart-Haas Racing’s struggles this season, Sunday’s race on the 1.056-mile oval didn’t appear to be a good opportunity to pick one up.

But with darkness closing in due to an earlier 1 hour, 42-minute rain delay and no lights at the track, Almirola moved into the lead for the first time on Lap 246 of a planned 301.

"This is by far one of my favorite race tracks. I love coming to the New England area and racing," Almirola said. "I love this race track. I had this race won a couple of years ago and I gave it away - I lost it. I'm so glad to win a race here with this race team.

"God is so good. We've been through so much and I've just stood the test and kept the faith. The team, everybody - they've just been working so hard. There have been so many people who have continued to support us through, like, the crappiest year ever. This feels so good for them. 

"All the guys that work on this car, they just keep fighting, they just keep digging. They just keep bringing the best race car they can bring every week. There is no doubt that we have struggled. But guess what? We're going playoff racing."

Following a round of green-flag pit stops, Almirola got around Brad Keselowski to reclaim the lead then held off Christopher Bell for the win as NASCAR cut the race short to 293 laps due to darkness.

The win is the first for Almirola since the 2018 season, third in his career and his first that didn’t come on a superspeedway.

Keselowski ended up third, Joey Logano rallied from a 2-lap penalty to finish fourth and Ryan Blaney rounded out the top-five.

Completing the top-10 were Almirola’s SHR teammate, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Larson, Ross Chastain, Alex Bowman and Denny Hamlin.

Following the break between Stages 2 and 3, all the lead-lap cars pit with Keselowski the first off pit road. Hamlin was forced to pit twice after a lug nut got caught behind one of his wheels. He lined up 26th on the restart.

The race returned to green on Lap 193 with Keselowski followed by Harvick, Blaney and Almirola.

Blaney went to the inside of Keselowski and came away with the lead on Lap 198.

With 80 laps remaining, Blaney continued to hold Keselowski at bay while Almirola had made his way into third.

NASCAR indicated that it may need to shorten the race due to darkness or weather and if it made the decision, there would be 10 laps remaining and no overtimes.

With 65 laps to go, Almirola caught Keselowski for second-place and finally got caught him on Lap 237, trailing leader Blaney by about a second.

On Lap 244, Almirola had closed to Blaney’s rear bumper and began trying to work around him for the lead.

Finally, on Lap 246, Almirola went to the inside of Blaney and was able to clear him for the lead.

Elliott became the first of the cars to hit pit road for a final green-flag pit stop with 53 laps remaining. Keselowski and Harvick soon followed.

Once the cycle of stops was completed on Lap 274, Almirola emerged as the race leader again after a tough battle for position with Keselowski.

At 8:05 p.m. ET, NASCAR deemed it too dark to continue and declared 10 laps remained in the race. Almirola had a 1.3-second lead over Bell as Keselowski ran third.

Once Keselowski got control of the race, he easily held off Harvick to claim the Stage 2 win, just his second stage victory of the 2021 season.

Blaney was third, Hamlin fourth and Almirola rounded out the top-five.

Following the break between Stages 1 and 2, the lead-lap cars all pit with Harvick the first off pit road.

On the restart on Lap 83, Harvick was followed by Hamlin, Tyler Reddick, Keselowski and Chase Elliott.

With 75 laps remaining in the second stage, Harvick maintained a 1.5-second lead over Elliott with Keselowski running in third.

On Lap 128, Quin Houff wrecked in Turn 3 after contact with Ryan Newman to bring out a caution.

All lead-lap cars elected to pit and once again was first off pit road. When the race returned to green on Lap 136, Harvick was followed by Hamlin, Keselowski, Elliott and Almirola.

On Lap 139, Bubba Wallace and Chris Buescher wrecked on the backstretch to bring out the fifth caution of the race.

The race got back underway on Lap 145 with Harvick still in command, Hamlin second and Keselowski third.

Keselowski worked his way around the outside of Harvick on Lap 146 to take the lead for just the second time in the race.

With 20 laps remaining in the second stage, Keselowski maintained a 1.3-second lead over Harvick while Blaney had worked his way back up to third.

Blaney held off his Penske teammate, Keselowski, to take the Stage 1 win, his fourth stage victory of the 2021 season.

Elliott was third, Harvick fourth and Reddick rounded out the top-five.

Kyle Busch started on the pole and led the first six laps until he spun and backed into the wall as a heavy mist picked up quickly at the track. Before NASCAR could throw the caution, Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. both got collected in the incident as well.

NASCAR red-flagged the race with seven laps completed as the track became soaked. The race finally returned to yellow following a 1-hour, 42-minute delay.

Logano was assessed a two-lap penalty for his crew working on his No. 22 Ford during the red flag period.

When the race returned to green on Lap 24, Elliott led the way followed by Kurt Busch, Bowman, Bell and Blaney.

Kurt Busch quickly powered around Elliott after the restart to grab the lead for the first time in the race. Elliott returned the favor and reclaimed the lead on Lap 26.

On Lap 32, Anthony Alfredo spun down the frontstretch after contact with Wallace to bring out another caution.

A handful of cars pit under the caution but Elliott remained on the track and in the lead when the race resumed on Lap 39.

With 20 laps to go in the first stage, Elliott held a half-second lead over Blaney while Keselowski moved into third.

On Lap 62, Blaney ran down Elliott and completed a pass to the inside to take over the race lead.

With five laps remaining, Blaney had already built a 1.2-second lead over Elliott as Keselowski ran third.

Wallace, Ryan Preece and Corey LaJoie all had to start the race from the rear of the field – Preece and LaJoie for pre-race inspection failures and Wallace due to unapproved adjustments.

Christopher Bell on NASCAR shortening N.H. race: "It stings"

Rain leads to an early crash for Kyle Busch at Loudon

Kickin' the Tires 18 July, 2021 - 03:59pm

Loudon, N.H. – The NASCAR Cup Series saw the red flag displayed early into Sunday’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Kyle Busch who started the 301-lap race from the pole was leading, his teammate Martin Truex Jr. ran second, as the two Toyotas entered Turn 1 of The Magic Mile, a burst of rain led to Busch’s No. 18 backing into the wall.

As the rain picked up, the race was put under caution but then NASCAR opted to put the event under the red flag as the track was lost. 

The red flag has been displayed after multiple cars, including the leader @KyleBusch, are involved in a wreck due to a wet racing surface at @NHMS. pic.twitter.com/Tvom4PMvV0

— NASCAR (@NASCAR) July 18, 2021

Busch sustained significant damage and said they never should’ve started racing to begin with.

“We started the race under a mist. It never should have gone green to begin with, but then it kept getting worse and worse lap overlap,” said Busch. “The lap before I went into (turn) one, 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. We’ve been talking about it for two laps that it was raining. There’s no sense in saying what I want to say, it doesn’t do you any good.”

With that said, Busch is done for the day and won’t content for a fourth trip to victory lane at The Magic Mile.

His teammate Truex Jr also found himself with damage as well. Teammate Denny Hamlin spun while running fifth, but he was fortunate enough and his No. 11 FedEx Toyota will be able to continue on.

Kyle Busch has seen plenty of success at the New England track. With 3 wins, 11 top-fives’ and 16 top-10 finishes in 29 starts. However, with the events of today and last year’s crash only 15 laps in; he will have to wait until 2022 to content for a win at Loudon again.

“We’re done, we’re going home. It’s over. There’s no fixing that thing,” said Busch. 

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