Aric Almirola makes last-lap pass to win NASCAR playoff race at Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. — In a sports easily perceived as individual, teamwork for more than 500 miles around Talladega Superspeedway was the crucial factor in Aric Almirola’s win Sunday in the 500.

He and his Stewart-Haas racing teammates — pole winner-Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer — started on the front two rows as the fastest qualifying cars, and they worked in unison throughout the whole 193-lap race around NASCAR’s longest track. With five laps remaining, they had pulled away to 20 car lengths ahead of everyone else.

A caution flag with three laps left threatened their likelihood of winning, and when then-leader Busch ran out of fuel on the final lap in overtime, Almirola took control to win his first race of the season.

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