Aric Almirola wins Xfinity Series race at Talladega

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The Furniture Row Racing driver qualified on the pole for the October race but on Lap 41 he suffered an engine failure which resulted in a last-place finish (40th), and worse yet, it knocked him out of the playoffs when he had a realistic shot of winning the season championship. In that same span, he has one win, five top 5s and an average finish of 16.5 in 17 races.

For a limited time, I am offering a copy of my DFS NASCAR cheathsheet which includes Track History, Current Form, Odds, Track Type History, Practice/Qualifying Ranks and much more. The Sparks Energy 300 takes place Saturday at 1PM ET from Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama. I got in the back of the 16 and tore up a lot of cars there, but I got a good push and I got in the back of him. Kahne has taken part in just one Xfinity race this year, placing second at Daytona. Daniel Hemric, coming off a career-best third last week at Richmond, was collected in a nine-car crash and finished 38th.

(Larson) "You know I feel like I see a lot more Asians at the race track which is kind of neat, especially wearing my gear and getting autographs".

Keselowski finished fifth in that race but failed rear wheel steer on that platform.

That's good news for an Earnhardt Nation desperate for good on-track news, as he has often said having a strong vehicle at restrictor-plate tracks makes all the difference because of the confidence it gives him to make bold moves. Logano also had to hit pit road at the conclusion of the second stage to make sure that his lug nuts were tight for the final stage. "But I look at probably the last three years on the plate tracks and I feel like Joey and I have been the most successful, and we hope to continue the same trend". He comes into Talladega having finished each of the last three races inside the Top 5. The draft is so insane and different. "We can bring the best vehicle we have but you really need the right things to happen and not get caught up in a mess so we can be there at the end". Even if the two are the only restrictor-plate tracks on the NASCAR schedule. Selfishly, I wish the caution came out, but for the fans I'm glad that it didn't. There were 27 lead changes amongst 13 different drivers.

"When you are the lead auto, you are trying to do everything you can to hold everyone off", Allgaier said.

Driver Brad Keselowski watches as crew members work on his auto during a testing session for upcoming Xfinity and Truck series races at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Tuesday, May 2, 2017.

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