After a long and eventful Saturday, Aric Almirola took home the win at the Sparks Energy 300 at Talladega Superspeedway. It is his third career XFINITY Series victory and second at a restrictor plate track.
Almirola also won stage 1, while Justin Allgaier won stage 2. Allgaier led 24 laps, the most of anyone, before falling back through the pack in the frantic final few laps. He would finish the race in eighth place.
Several incidents plagued the event, including five cautions and two red flags. As usual, the Big Ones were on full display at Talladega.
The first stoppage was caused by contact between Brennan Poole, Matt Tifft, and Daniel Suarez near the end of stage 1. The crash involved nine cars, eliminating contenders such as Daniel Hemric, Brandon Jones, and Spencer Gallagher.
A caution was thrown for debris with 16 laps to go, setting up a shootout to the finish.
The event saw 28 lead changes among 14 drivers. That’s the most in the XFINITY Series since the 2013 Daytona July race, which saw 31 lead changes.
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