Aric Almirola's fourth-place auto fails NASCAR post-race inspection at Talladega

Terry Joseph
May 9, 2017

Joey Logano ran third, followed by Ben Kennedy and Erik Jones, who led the race with five laps left but couldn't hold off the charge of Almirola on the next-to-last lap. With this field lacking in many big names, look for Kahne to make a push for the win.

Could we see more of the same at Talladega?

(Busch) "I think one thing that's starting to slip through the cracks is the ability for a driver to understand his vehicle and be able to work on it and knowing what it takes to set up the front toe or the rear suspension". "Me and my spotter were so focused on (Logano)".

HOW ARIC ALMIROLA WON: He had a strong auto throughout the day and put himself in the right spot to withstand challenges in the final four laps.

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The Friday night activities kicked off a weekend of racing that will culminate in Sunday afternoon's Monster Energy Series Cup GEICO 500. "I was trying to help him, trying to make the Fords work together and I hooked him, so I feel sorry about that". "We only do this (type of racing) four times a year, so it's hard to be really good at it, or at least it's hard for me".

Motor Racing Network - "The Voice of NASCAR" will have live coverage of Sunday's GEICO 500, beginning at 1 p.m. (ET) - with live streaming at MRN.com and on the MRN App. "I think it does give you more confidence in yourself (running the Xfinity race) and your ability, and it is 300 miles of practice, so to speak, of looking in your mirror and timing runs, but the cars drive so much different". He now leads the XFINITY Series point standings by 29 points over Justin Allgaier.

"I was adamant about that, but I thought we had some pretty good runs toward the end and I thought we were going to have a shot at it, but just getting side-drafted and stuff, we got stalled out".

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