Can Aric Almirola Turn Consistency into Contention?

If consistency was the metric to determine the NASCAR champion, Aric Almirola would have been firmly in contention last season. During the middle part of the season, the Stewart-Haas Racing driver set career highs in top-five finishes, top-ten finishes, and laps led with a stretch of five consecutive top-five finishes. However, a string of poor finishes and some bad luck at Talladega doomed Almirola in the Round of 12. He was unable to push for a championship.  

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Almirola, Dillon Win Duels at Daytona

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Almirola, Dillon win Duels at Daytona for NASCAR Cup Series season opener Daytona 500. The Great American Race runs this Sunday, February 14th.

Almirola, Dillon win Duels at Daytona for NASCAR Cup Series season opener Daytona 500. The Great American Race runs this Sunday, February 14th.

The Bluegreen Vacation Duels at Daytona International Speedway are the first points bearing races of the season. They also set the lineup for the Daytona 500. The finishing positions for Duel 1 set the inside line, and the finishing positions for Duel 2 set the outside line. These duels can become dicey with drivers fighting for a good finish to also have a good starting position for the Daytona 500. 

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Floridian Aric Almirola Wins the Bluegreen Vacations Duel 1 at Daytona

Floridian Aric Almirola wins the NASCAR Cup Series Duel 1 on Thursday night at Daytona International Speedway.

Floridian Aric Almirola wins the NASCAR Cup Series Duel 1 on Thursday night at Daytona International Speedway.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Florida native Aric Almirola drove to a convincing victory in the opening Bluegreen Vacations Duel at Daytona qualifying race Thursday night at Daytona International Speedway.

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Talladega Superspeedway’Cash or Pass’ Picks

Talladega Superspeedway 'Cash or Pass' picks are for the NASCAR Cup Series second race this season at Talladega Superspeedway, the Yellawood 500 this Sunday, October 4th at 2 pm ET.
TALLADEGA, ALABAMA – JUNE 22: Ryan Blaney, driver of the No. 12 Menards/Sylvania Ford, celebrates after winning the NASCAR Cup Series GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on June 22, 2020, in Talladega, Alabama. Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Talladega Superspeedway ‘Cash or Pass’ picks are for the NASCAR Cup Series second race this season at Talladega Superspeedway, the Yellawood 500 this Sunday, October 4th at 2 pm ET.

A NASCAR bettor’s worst nightmare is Talladega Superspeedway. The unpredictability of results, the chance of a wreck taking out half the field, and the possibility of a huge underdog finding their way to the front, all play into a wild card guess. For anyone looking to make a little cash, all of these factors can give a few headaches before, during, and after any race at the superspeedway.

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Almirola Earns a Playoff Berth for Third Time

Aric Almirola earns a Playoff Berth for the third time in the NASCAR Cup Series with Stewart Haas Racing. The Round of 16 starts at Darlington Raceway.

Almirola earns a Playoff berth for the third time in the NASCAR Cup Series with Stewart Haas Racing. The Round of 16 starts at Darlington Raceway.

After spending the majority of his career driving the Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 car, Aric Almirola took his talents to Stewart-Haas Racing in 2018. The Tampa, Florida native immediately saw results, as he qualified for the playoffs then, with a win at Talladega he was able to advance to the Round of 8 for the first time in his career.

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