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Published: Thu, May 11, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

NASCAR notebook: Aric Almirola wins Xfinity Series race at Talladega

NASCAR notebook: Aric Almirola wins Xfinity Series race 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". We're ready to go.

With the Ford of Darrell Wallace Jr. plowing into the inside backstretch wall behind him on the final lap, Almirola held the top spot to the finish, beating Sadler, the series leader, to the finish line by.142 seconds.

The result was a seven-car collision that eliminated polesitter Blake Koch and Brendan Gaughan, among others.

"I think these Xfinity races with this new drafting package it's closer to what it's like in the Cup Series", said Joey Logano, who finished third.

Erik Jones hasn't had a lot of success in this race, but he is riding a hot streak that makes him appealing.

Sadler scraped the outside wall on Lap 5, thanks to a misguided push from Logano, but he recovered to snag the runner-up spot.

"Obviously, you want more practice, but we had made a plan with all of our Ford teammates", Gibson said.

NEXT: The Xfinity Series is off until May 27 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. "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". "I wish we had another shot at it".

No cautions, no driver change, no asterisk. Almirola led 13 circuits. One of which was a 60-lap qualifying race for the Daytona 500.

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