Published: Tue, October 16, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Almirola wins SHR-dominated race at Talladega

Almirola wins SHR-dominated race at Talladega

Bubba Wallace will be without a backup vehicle for this weekend's Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway (2 p.m. Sunday on NBC). Almirola's win gives him an automatic pass into the Round of 8.

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Kyle Busch elected to stay out, but almost every other lead lap vehicle came to the pits, with Kurt Busch beating Keselowski off pit road.

Aric Almirola says he feels he let his team down so many times this season, but on Sunday at Talladega he finally sealed the deal when he won the 500.

Almirola almost won the season-opening Daytona 500 but was wrecked while leading on the final lap. That's exactly what the Stewart-Haas Racing cars did in the opening laps, led by pole-sitter Kurt Busch.

Kevin Harvick won the second stage and led teammates Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch and Aric Almirola across the finish line.

SHR competition director Greg Zipadelli said the effort started after Dover when the drivers were urged to work together at Talladega as teammates.

"The four of us (SHR drivers) were so committed to each other and so organized, the field couldn't touch us". It as a fast session, too, as Harvick led 23 other drivers to speeds over 200 miles per hour.

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Busch faded to 14th and Harvick wound up 28th - a disappointing end because SHR was poised for a 1-2-3-4 finish before the race went to overtime. The only lap he wasn't credited with leading was during a pit stop under caution.

3rd #4 Kevin Harvick 3128 points +63 above the cutoff, has three stage wins.

9th #2 Brad Keselowski 3065 points -18 below the cutoff, has one stage win.

Justin Haley locked up a berth in the Round of 6 by winning the first race of the playoffs at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.

Kurt Busch led a Stewart-Haas Racing sweep to put all four of the company cars up front at Talladega Superspeedway for a critical playoff race. The race stayed green with Almirola shooting by the 41 as Kurt Busch ran out of gas.

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The event was the second in the three-race Round of 12 in the playoffs.

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