Aric Almirola wins Xfinity Series race at Talladega

Posted May 09, 2017

43 Ford driven by Aric Almirola to a fourth-place finish in Sunday's GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway failed post-race inspection, according to NASCAR officials. Allgaier gave up the lead to Logano on a Logano crossover move, but Almirola got by him. "Doug Yates (of Roush Yates Engines) brings some awesome horsepower, and our Ford Mustang was super-fast". He's struggled out of the gate this season, but following back-to-back top-10 finishes, Hamlin looks like he's turned a corner.

It is Almirola's third career series win.

Sadler finished second, his sixth top-10 showing in nine NXS starts at Talladega.

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Logano was third, followed by Ben Kennedy in fourth, then Erik Jones, Matt Tifft and Michael Annett. He now leads the XFINITY Series point standings by 29 points over Justin Allgaier.

A caution for debris set up a restart with 11 laps remaining, and they were frantic at the front of the field.

"I guess that's really the main focus in the Xfinity Series now", Jones said.

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"Man we were so close, aggravating", Logano said.

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 feel like we've had pretty okay cars, we'll just try and not get into trouble and get back on track". "We did everything that we could do".

The finish left him 17th in the series standings and well within striking distance of qualifying for the playoffs in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series this season based on points. Fans can still purchase tickets to watch the excitement unfold at NASCAR's Most Competitive Track by visiting www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or calling 855-517-RACE (7223).

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