NASCAR: Aric Almirola Wins Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 in New Hampshire

by Chris Haney

On Sunday, NASCAR driver Aric Almirola and the No. 10 car took the checkered flag, earning him his third Cup Series victory of his career.

The NASCAR Cup Series rolled into New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301. Almirola shook things up in New Hampshire with an unexpected win that not many would’ve predicted. The racer entered Sunday with zero wins on the season and 27th in points. The win automatically qualifies him for the series playoff table.

Aric Almirola’s victory also broke a 98-race winless streak for the Stewart-Haas Racing driver. He held off fellow NASCAR driver Christopher Bell in a tight race that saw officials call the event early. Due to long delays on the day, the race lasted much longer than expected. Therefore as night approached, officials decided to end the race eight laps early from its scheduled 301 laps.

“NASCAR has determined that there will be ten laps to go in the #Foxwoods301 due to pending darkness,” NASCAR’s Twitter account announced.

The race was delayed by a one-hour, 41 minute red flag period. Inclement weather played a part in an early crash only six laps into to the beginning of the race. So officials decided to wait for the rain to pass. Following the end of Stage 2, officials announced the race would continue “until conditions dictate otherwise.”

As the drivers entered the final 10 laps, Almirola and Bell had to race through lapped traffic. Yet he was able to hang on for his team’s first win in almost 100 races. Bell secured second place followed by three members of Team Penske: Brad KeselowskiJoey Logano, and Ryan Blaney in that order.

Kurt Busch Wins Last Week’s NASCAR Cup Series Race in Atlanta

Last weekend’s race in Atlanta, Georgia had a tight finish and a sibling rivalry to boot. NASCAR brothers Kurt and Kyle Busch each won a stage of the race heading into the last 100 laps of the Quaker State 400 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. However, seniority ruled on the day as Kurt ended up taking the checkered flag over his younger brother.

At the end of Stage 1, younger brother Kyle led the field. The two-time NASCAR Cup Series-winner picked up 10 extra stage points, but old brother Kurt followed right behind him in second place. Denny Hamlin rounded out the top three of the first stage finish.

However, the elder sibling took over in Stage 2. Kurt saw his chance in the second stage to make his move. He passed Kyle and earned a first-place finish for the stage. The brothers switched places as Kyle secured second place during Stage 2 while Hamlin stayed put in third.

The two brothers kept the fight for first place going into Stage 3 as well. Yet Hamlin couldn’t keep up in the final stage. The No. 11 dropped back in the pack early on in the final stage and lingered around the 10 through 15 positions. Instead, racers Alex Bowman and Martin Truex Jr. took over 3rd and 4th place and jockeyed with the Busch brothers throughout the majority of the final 100 laps.

After trading the lead a few times in the final stage, it came down to the wire. Kurt Busch made one last move and secured the checkered flag just in front of his brother Kyle.