NASCAR Cup: Surprise victory for Aric Almirola in New Hampshire (+ video)

Sunday July 18, 2021 by Julie Bouchard

Aric Almirola won the Foxwood Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this Sunday. The NASCAR Cup Series event which lasted just over 3 hours, was cut short by 10 laps due to darkness, after being halted for a long time after 8 of the scheduled 301 laps due to rain earlier in the afternoon. midday.

The No.10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford driver led 25 of the 293 actual laps today on the 1.058-mile New Hampshire track and won with a 0.697-second lead over Christopher Bell (Toyota /Joe Gibbs Racing), who also won the Xfinity Series event yesterday. Behind this amazing and somewhat lucky Almirola-Bell double, we find Brad Keselowski (Ford / Team Penske) who was at the forefront for most of the race.

Keselowski is followed at the finish line by his two teammates, Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney. Kevin Harvick, Kyle Larson, Ross Chastain, Alex Bowman and Denny Hamlin complete the Top 10.

Harvick led a record 66 laps in his Stewart-Haas Racing Ford, narrowly edging out Blaney, with the Penske driver leading the race for 64 laps. For pole position holder Kyle Busch (Toyota/Joe Gibbs Racing) the race was significantly shorter as he hit the wall after just six laps. The rain had then started to fall and Busch who was leading was the first driver to be trapped by the track conditions. The damage suffered forced him to give up.

Two laps later, the officials unfurled the red flag. One hour, 41 minutes and 22 seconds later, the race was finally restarted but, perhaps faced with the risk of having to stop before the scheduled 301 laps due to darkness, the drivers were then very conservative and only five neutralizations, including those at the end of segments 1 and 2, took place until the finish.

It was Ryan Blaney who won Stage 1 on Lap 75. Keselowski then won Stage 2 on Lap 185. For the full standings click here; and for the video of the best moments see below.

The NASCAR Cup Series will now take a two-week break due to the Olympics. The next race will take place on August 8 at the Watkins Glen road course (starting at 3 p.m.), in the state of New York.

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