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Aric Almirola wins Xfinity Series race at Talladega

09 May 2017

Almirola won Saturday's Xfinity Series race at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway and followed that up by matching his season's best finish of fourth in Sunday's GEICO 500 with his Richard Petty Motorsports team. The runs come so quick and it's hard to block them. "Doug Yates (of Roush Yates Engines) brings some awesome horsepower, and our Ford Mustang was super-fast".

After numerous lead changes over the last several laps by drivers that included Logano and Erik Jones, Almirola regained the lead with two laps to go and went on to win his third career NXS race in his 99th start.

Of course, that was at Daytona in the first race of the 2017 season, and it could charitably be called a wreck-fest.

Ford stable mates Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano has been strong at Talladega in recent outings with the pair combining to win four of the last five races at the Alabama track.

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Saturday's schedule includes that postponed race and also the XFINITY Series' Sparks Energy 300 and qualifying rounds for the GEICO 500. An incident occurred on the backstretch of the final lap involving Darrell Wallace Jr. and JJ Yeley, but NASCAR made the decision to not throw a caution flag letting the field finish under green.

Logano finished third. Ben Kennedy placed fourth in his first series race of the year. "And like Kyle said, we get paid to drive the race vehicle".

Typical penalties for such infractions include a 35-point driver and team owner deduction and a three-race suspension for the team's crew chief, Drew Blickensderfer. "I wish we had another shot at it".

(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".

Aric Almirola wins Xfinity Series race at Talladega