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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: ‘Dega Dominance By Ford, Stewart-Haas Racing

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Aric Almirola got his first win for Stewart-Haas Racing in overtime on Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ 1000Bulbs.com 500. On a day Fords dominated, playoff drivers Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski and Ryan Blaney all ran out of fuel while the laps ticked down to the checkered flag. …

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Up to Speed: Patience Carries Aric Almirola to Victory

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In the last year and a half, has any driver in NASCAR experienced the highs and lows of professional stock car racing more than Aric Almirola? The scene of Almirola slumped against his battered No. 10 Ford at Dover International Speedway last week seemed to encapsulate a season of lost opportunities.  It was not just …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Aric Almirola Finally in Victory Lane After Stewart-Haas Domination at Talladega

(Photo: Christian Koelle)

Who’s in the headline There is domination by drivers and domination by teams. Sunday was total domination by the Stewart-Haas Racing organization. They won every stage and the race with a different driver doing each, and the driver who didn’t win any of them finished second in all three. In the end, fuel mileage bit …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2018 1000Bulbs.com 500

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Who… gets my shoutout of the race? How about three of them this week?  It’s impossible to ignore the finishes Jimmie Johnson and Paul Menard had because both were 35th or worse at some point. Johnson spun early and recovered to seventh, while Menard had a couple of issues, losing two laps before coming back to …

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Aric Almirola Credits 2009 Dega Truck Race for Superspeedway Success

(Photo: Christian Koelle)

Aric Almirola was able to pick up his second career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series restrictor-plate victory on Sunday in the 1000Bulbs.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Almirola passed teammate Kurt Busch on the final lap but stayed in position the entire race and capitalized when he needed to, something he has been familiar with in …

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Aric Almirola Finally Victorious at Talladega

(Photo: Christian Koelle)

After numerous almosts throughout the 2018 season, Aric Almirola finally won. The 34-year-old outlasted the field on fuel to take home the 1000Bulbs.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday afternoon (Oct. 14). Almirola made it to the checkered flag on fuel through overtime while his dominant Stewart-Haas Racing teammates, Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick, ran …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Daniel Hemric Describes Ins and Outs of Dover

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It’s a fun, and entertaining (hopefully) Frontstretch Podcast this week, as the duo of Dustin Albino and Mike Neff join NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Daniel Hemric to discuss the weekend of racing at the Monster Mile — Dover International Speedway. Hemric grabbed the pole for the XFINITY race and led 23 laps en route to a Stage 2 victory. However, the No. …

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5 Points to Ponder: Heartbreak on NASCAR’s High Banks

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ONE: Halfway Home Talladega Superspeedway will mark the midway point in the 2018 playoffs and for some drivers, the race will also mark the end of their title aspirations even with one remaining track to come in the second round. As things stand, Chase Elliott’s win at the Monster Mile sees him safely ensconced in …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Deja Vu in Multiple Senses

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Hendrick Motorsports’ Chase Elliott locked himself into the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff semifinals by winning Sunday’s Gander Outdoors 400 at Dover International Speedway on Sunday. It was the second Gander Outdoors 400 of the season, and just like the first at Pocono Raceway, it was an uninspiring event that went to overtime …

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Up to Speed: Did Kyle Larson Get Saved Again?

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Sunday’s race at Dover International Speedway was supposed to be a good one for Kyle Larson.  In nine previous starts at the Monster Mile, he had only finished worse than 11th once.  Larson also looked great in the practice sessions leading up to the race.  It seemed like he was well-prepared to take on the …

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