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Aric Almirola moves to 98th on all-time wins list

LOUDON, NEW HAMPSHIRE – JULY 18: Aric Almirola, driver of the #10 Smithfield Ford, drives during the NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 18, 2021 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)

Aric Almirola earned his first victory of 2021 in the NASCAR Cup Series and the third of his career after leading the final 20 laps Sunday in the Foxwoods Resort Casino 201 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Almirola snapped a 98-race winless streak, dating back to Talladega Superspeedway in October 2018.

“I’ve only got three, so every one is pretty sweet,” Almirola said. “I haven’t forgotten any of them (smiling). That’s a good problem to have when you win enough to where you forget some of the wins.

“I don’t have that problem. I remember each one. They’ve all been very sweet for their own right, right?

The victory was Almirola’s second with Stewart-Haas Racing and first on a non-superspeedway racetrack.

“My wife hates the fact that I’ve only won at restrictor plate races,” Almirola said. “She’s told me for years, she’s like, Honey, I know you always have a good shot when we go to Daytona or Talladega. I so badly want you to win somewhere else.

“So, yeah, it feels good to be able to capitalize on fast race cars.”

Almirola shares a tie for 98th all-time on the wins list with Bill Blair, Austin Dillon, Robby Gordon, Dick Linder, Frank Mundy, Elliott Sadler, Gwyn Staley and Brian Vickers.

If Almirola notches another win, he will be tied with 16 drivers at four wins apiece including Charlie Glotzbatch, Parnelli Jones, Joe Nemechek and Michael Waltrip.


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