RICHMOND, VA – Aric Almirola didn’t have the best of luck recently. Heading into Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at the Richmond Raceway, the Stewart-Haas Racing driver hasn’t scored a top five finish over the last six races of the year. Four of those six races saw him finish outside of the top 20.
But, now that the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs have begun, Almirola is on a terror.
Almirola, brought his No. 10 Ford home fifth Saturday night on the .75-mile short track for his second straight top six finish to start the postseason off with.
In the opening playoff race in Las Vegas, Almirola came home an impressive sixth. He now sits sixth in the standings, 23 points ahead of the cutoff spot heading into the Round 1 cutoff race at the Charlotte ROVAL next Sunday afternoon.
While some may see Almirola’s finish on Saturday as a fluke, I don’t. Many don’t remember how strong he was at Richmond in the spring race. He was running up front before some bad luck struck.
This weekend, he was fast in practice on Friday and backed that up with earning the seventh starting spot in qualifying. He would stay in the top 10 for practically the entire race and capitalized on his speed.