Almirola Finishes 17th At Atlanta

Aric Almirola

Date: June 7, 2020

Event: Folds of Honor 500 (Round 10 of 36)

Series: NASCAR Cup Series

Location: Atlanta Motor Speedway (1.54-mile oval)

Format: 325 laps, broken into three stages (105 laps/105 laps/115 laps)

Start/Finish: 2nd/17th (Running, completed 324 of 325 laps)

Point Standing: 11th (260 points, 161 out of first)

Race Winner: Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)

Stage 1 Winner: Martin Truex Jr. of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 2 Winner: Martin Truex Jr. of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-105):

Aric Almirola started second and finished 27th.

● Almirola raced inside the top-five before the competition caution on lap 25.

● He pitted for four tires, fuel and air pressure adjustments to correct tight-handling conditions.

● Almirola made an unscheduled pit stop on lap 75 due to a loose wheel.

● The Smithfield driver was scored back on the lead lap when he opted not to pit and take the wave around under caution on lap 95.

● At the end of the stage, he pitted for four tires, fuel and major adjustments.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 106-210):

● Almirola started 25th and finished 16th.

● On lap 126, Almirola began to race in the higher groove and quickly advanced to 18th place.

● Under caution on lap 202, Almirola pitted for four tires, fuel, and air pressure and chassis adjustments.

● Almirola restarted 17th with five laps to go in the stage and gained one position.

● He pitted when the stage concluded for four tires and fuel.

Final Stage Recap (Laps 211-325):

● Almirola started 16th and finished 17th.

● Almirola brought the Smithfield Ford to the pits on lap 264 for four tires, fuel and air pressure adjustments to correct loose-handling conditions.

● The No. 10 Ford driver was scored a lap down in 19th place on lap 288.

● Almirola advanced two more positions before the checkered flag waved and successfully remained inside the top-12 in points.

Notes:

● This was Almirola’s third straight top-20 at Atlanta. He finished eighth in the series’ previous visit to the track in February 2019.

● Harvick’s margin of victory over second-place Kyle Busch was 3.527 seconds.

● There were five caution periods for a total of 24 laps.

● Only 10 of the 40 drivers in the race finished on the lead lap.

● Harvick remains the championship leader after Atlanta with a 48-point advantage over second-place Joey Logano.

Aric Almirola, driver of the No. 10 Smithfield Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

“We’ve got a lot of things to work on. Our Smithfield Ford Mustang was good for 25 laps before we lost position on pit road and a loose wheel put us a lap down. We couldn’t recover from that in dirty air. Atlanta is such a tough track to rebound at. If there’s one positive takeaway it’s that we remained top-12 in the point standings, so we’ll have a shot at a good starting position in Martinsville.”

Next Up:

The next event on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 on Wednesday, June 10 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. The race starts at 7 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by FS1 and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

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