Almirola advances with Talladega win

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"I wish my phone would ring a little more frequently", said Peters, who thanked GMS Racing for the three-race deal that put him back into victory lane for the first time since 2015.

Oct 14, 2018; Talladega, AL, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Aric Almirola (10) takes the lead from NASCAR Cup Series driver Kurt Busch (41) during the 1000Bulbs.com at Talladega Superspeedway.

All four SHR drivers are still part of the 12-driver championship field, which will be trimmed by four following next weekend's race at Kansas.

No matter its position on the schedule, Talladega Superspeedway has a way of shaking up the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.

But the dynamics changed when Alex Bowman spun with three laps remaining to bring out an ill-timed caution. Jason Line in the Pro Stocks and Matt Smith in the Pro Stock Motorcycles. The #41 Kurt Busch started on the pole and was followed by his three teammates the #4 of Kevin Harvick, #14 Clint Bowyer and #10 Aric Almirola.

"We just had a awful race vehicle and were really slow all weekend", Larson said after the race.

Truex salvaged a 23rd-place finish, ahead of fellow playoff contenders Brad Keselowski and Ryan Blaney, who had to pit for fuel before the last restart.

Bowyer finished second, congratulated his teammate and praised the SHR cooperation.

Almirola almost won the season-opening Daytona 500 but was wrecked while leading on the final lap.

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"It didn't really matter what we did to the vehicle", Truex said. "I really enjoyed leading the race".

After a dominate race, Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) teammates Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch won stage one and stage two, and Bowyer and Almirola finished third and fourth in both stages the entire day. As soon as the tires got some air pressure, I was just hanging on. "With the four of us together at the start, we have an opportunity to stay in front of some of the possible situations".

"Then on Sunday, very similar in terms of a vehicle hitting the wall but where it happened was different and in terms of where the field was". We tried a lot of stuff.

The Big One in the spring is bad enough.

"I want to thank everybody from the engine department at Roush Yates for all the work and effort that they put into everything that goes on the race track", said Harvick.

Other Notables: #42 Kyle Larson P11, #41 Kurt Busch P14, #24 William Byron P20, #78 Martin Truex Jr P23, #18 Kyle Busch P26, #2 Brad Keselowski P27, #4 Kevin Harvick P28, #12 Ryan Blaney P29, #9 Chase Elliott P31, #88 Alex Bowman P33. And at the end you know, once we crossed the white flag, if there's a wreck, an ambulance needs to be dispatched. It's a human call.

"There was two cars dead in the water down there [this time]".

"There were two missed calls by NASCAR at the end", he said. "There's rules that need to be stricter at the end of these races". Larson was already in danger of being knocked out of the playoff field in next week's elimination race at Kansas. Wells directed Richard Petty's final race, Dale Earnhardt Sr.'s final win, Jeff Gordon's four Cup Series championships, and Jimmie Johnson's record-tying seventh Cup Series championship.

"Why [we had] an extra yellow flag [is] beyond me".

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