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 1000Bulbs.com 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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