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Aric Almirola came out on top of a four-way Stewart-Haas Racing battle through Sunday's 500 miles at Talladega Superspeedway to earn his second career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series victory. The four teammates dominated the race after locking out the first two rows in qualifying and then linking up successfully in the race to command the race from the front. The four drivers executed their race strategy to perfection unlike any other team fantasy owners have seen in recent memory. It was a master class in race management, and one that may never be seen again, as NASCAR's rules package for future superspeedway races will eliminate the restrictor plate that has become the hallmark of Daytona and Talladega over the past few decades.
Kansas Speedway stands between drivers and their hopes of advancing into the final eight of the championship in this week's final race of the round of 12. Kevin Harvick dominated the prior visit to the track earlier this season. Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, Kyle Larson and Alex Bowman will all need a little help to see their way through, while Almirola joins Chase Elliott with an assured place in the next round of championship eliminations.
Aric Almirola – Almirola grabbed his chance at victory Sunday at Talladega in a dramatic overtime finish. It was just the second win of his career and is his second victory on a superspeedway. Almirola punches his ticket into the final eight championship contenders with the win, and his chance at