Aric Almirola Captures First Talladega Superspeedway Win in Sparks Energy 300

Aric Almirola Captures First Talladega Superspeedway Win in Sparks Energy 300

Aric Almirola charged into the lead with four laps left in Saturday's Sparks Energy 300 at Talladega Superspeedway and held off Elliott Sadler at the finish to win the third NASCAR XFINITY Series race of his career. That's not exactly comforting for teams looking for their first wins, including the likes of Sadler, Wallace, William Byron and Daniel Hemric, but it does mean lots of different cars have a shot at a victory. Attempting to bump-draft Ryan Reed's No. 16 Ford on Lap 50, Almirola tapped the rear bumper of the Roush Fenway Racing vehicle too far to the right side and turned it toward the outside wall. "I should know better", Sadler said after his second-place finish.

"I made a huge mistake coming to the white", Sadler said. I'd say our season started off really strong. "I feel like we've got our cars a lot better on this side of things at superspeedways to where we can race and be competitive and learn and I feel like I'm in a better position for tomorrow, knowing some of the things that you can and can't get away with".

Logano finished third, followed by Ben Kennedy in fourth and Jones who rounded out the top-five.

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Also this weekend: Sparks Energy 300 (113 laps, 300.58 miles), Xfinity Series, Talladega, 1 p.m., Saturday, Fox, MRN. Little E leads all active drivers with four wins here, while Keselowski has found victory lane at Talladega four times. He's showed strength on restrictor-plate tracks in the past including a stellar run in this year's Daytona 500 when he finished second to Kurt Busch.

"I think the biggest thing (running the Xfinity race) is just working with your spotter and working on that lingo and working on where the runs come from and learning how to block those and being aggressive together", Logano said.

NEXT: The Xfinity Series is off until May 27 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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