NASCAR today announced the 2018 stage lengths for its three national series, looking to build on last season’s successful debut of the race format.
Redemption with a side of bacon. That pretty much sums up Aric Almirola’s day at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday. A week after leading 64 laps and looking like a win at Dover was in the bag only to have a late caution change the complexion of the finish and end his chances, Almirola was the beneficiary of a wild ending at Talladega. Almirola was one of the four potent Stewart-Haas Racing drivers at Talladega that swept the first four starting spots in qualifying and stayed at the front of the field most of the day Sunday. Until the end. An overtime finish proved to be the curveball teammates Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch could not deal with and they both ran out of fuel. It opened the door for Almirola to take advantage of the opportunity and he inherited the lead and kept it on his way to the checkered flag. The turn of events sends Almirola into the next round of the playoffs and takes away the bitterness of what happened seven days ago in Dover. Understandably it triggered a hu..