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Aric Almirola battles darkness, Bell to win Foxwoods Resort Casino 301, clinch playoff berth.

LOUDON, N.H. – Aric Almirola raced Mother Nature, daylight and the NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) field to claim his first win since 2018 in a wild Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) and a berth in the 2021 NCS Playoffs.

“That’s what a race car driver lives for,” the 37-year-old Tampa, Fla. native said after the race. “For so long, I’ve been so close to winning at places like here, like Dover. We have been fighting, scratching, clawing. It feels so good to have that pay off.”

Aric Almirola leads the NACASR Cup Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 field at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway July 18th 2021. Noah Watts/Myracenews

Following a red flag for rain that delayed the race for an hour and 41 minutes, Almirola powered his No. 10 machine from his 22nd place starting spot into the top five by the end of the second stage. In the final stage, Almirola battled past Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick – who have combined for nine wins at “The Magic Mile” – to take the lead. After leading the final 20 laps, NASCAR officials called the race eight laps shy of its scheduled distance due to darkness.

Christopher Bell, who dominated Saturday’s Ambetter Get Vaccinated 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series race on the 1.058-mile track, nearly pulled off the weekend sweep, finishing second.

“I didn’t know how many laps they cut us short, but when I saw the board and how many laps we had left, it stings,” Bell said. “If I was able to get to him, I think I had something for him. We were really good right there at the end of the race.”

Keselowski, Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney rounded out the top five.

The race, NHMS’s 50th Cup Series showdown, was marked by six cautions – including the red flag for rain – for a total of 47 laps.

The Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 trophy marks the third win of Almirola’s NCS career and the first not on a superspeedway. With the win – the first for Stewart-Haas Racing this season – Almirola earned a spot in the NASCAR Playoffs.

“This is by far one of my favorite racetracks,” Almirola said. “I know what I want out of the race car here. I know what to ask for in adjustments. Everything kind of lined up perfectly, we had a fast race car and we were – finally – able to capitalize on that.”

Prior to the win, Almirola was 27th in points. Unofficially, Tyler Reddick now sits in the 16th and final Playoff spot, with Austin Dillon just five points behind.

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Elliott Hopes to Add a Giant Lobster to His Trophy Collection

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Chase Elliott will be among the drivers competing in the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this Sunday.

LOUDON, N.H. – With a NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) championship in 2020, a NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) championship in 2014, a dozen NCS wins and three consecutive NMPA Most Popular Driver awards, Chase Elliott has enjoyed an amazing amount of success over a relatively short time in NASCAR. One item still notably missing from his impressive list of achievements? A NCS win – or win of any kind – at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS).

Elliott and his No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports team hope to change that when NASCAR’s premier division returns to “The Magic Mile” for the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 on Sunday.

“New Hampshire has been a really hit-or-miss place for us,” said Elliott, who has just two top-10 finishes, including only one top-five, in seven Cup starts at NHMS. “It’s just a different track. It takes a differing driving style, I feel like, than some of the other places. I look at Loudon as being more of its own animal.”

Elliott recorded his best finish at NHMS – fifth – in July 2018. His other top-10 finish at the 1.058-mile oval was a ninth-place result in 2020, when the NCS last competed at “The Magic Mile.” So, if nothing else, the reigning Cup Series champ can hang his hat on the fact that he’s finished in the top 10 in two of his last three starts at NHMS and seems to be steadily improving and gaining confidence at this always-challenging track.

“We’ve had a couple solid runs here, but never a dominating performance,” Elliott said. “I don’t feel like personally it has been my best place.”

While Elliott’s record at NHMS supports his honest assessment, the second-generation driver and son of 1988 Cup champion Bill Elliott will almost certainly arrive here this year knowing it’s likely the best chance he’s ever had to break into victory lane and leave with his first giant lobster. This is because, in addition to Elliott enjoying a strong season in his No. 9 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports as a whole has been hands-down the team to beat in 2021.

As of just past the season’s midway point, the organization owned and founded by NASCAR Hall of Famer Rick Hendrick had prevailed in nine of 19 points races, with all four Hendrick drivers winning at least once. This could spell trouble for the competition at NHMS, despite the fact that a Hendrick driver hasn’t won at Loudon since 2012.

“Each individual Hendrick team is putting in a lot of effort to go and be the best we can, and that’s really what it comes down to,” Elliott said. “I don’t think any of the drivers are trying any harder than we have in the past. I think it’s just a really nice effort from the top to the bottom of trying to take four fast race cars to the track every weekend.”

“I do feel like everybody is – I don’t want to say sharing information, because we’ve always done that – but just working together a little more from all aspects. I feel like, right now, it’s super fluid and everybody’s open about anything and everything, and I feel like it’s showing on the track.

Will it show in the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at NHMS? Stay tuned.

Race weekend action gets underway on Doubleheader Saturday, July 17 with practice and qualifying sessions scheduled for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT). The green flag drops for the Whelen 100 NWMT race at 12:45 p.m. followed by the Ambetter Get Vaccinated 200 NXS race at 3 p.m. The NCS Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 will run at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 18, marking the 50th NCS race at “The Magic Mile.”

For a NASCAR race weekend schedule, visit NHMS.com/Events/Foxwoods-Resort-Casino-301/Schedule/

*Schedule subject to change.

Tickets:

Log on to NHMS.com for tickets, schedules and more information on the weekend’s lineup of action-packed racing. Doubleheader Saturday tickets start at just $35 while kids 12 and under are free. Sunday’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 tickets start at just $59 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under.

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“It’s Going to be Lit:” Keselowski Says Sunday’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 Could Preview Championship Battle at Season’s End

Confident he can add to his strong resume at “The Magic Mile,” two-time and defending New Hampshire Motor Speedway winner says there’s more than a lobster trophy on the line when the checkered flag falls.

LOUDON, N.H. – Why is Sunday’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) such a big deal? For some it’s the Loudon the Lobster trophy presented to the winner in victory lane. For others, it’s a potential ticket to the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. But defending race winner Brad Keselowski said Sunday’s race could be a preview of the season finale at Phoenix Raceway, where the 2021 Cup Series champion will be crowned.

“I’ve got two of the big lobster trophies, with wins in 2014 and 2020 – and a lot of confidence, which is as important as anything else,” Keselowski said during a virtual media availability Tuesday. “We feel good about our cars. We feel good about the way I drive the track. Winning kind of breeds that confidence and in some ways creates momentum.

“Looking forward, the Phoenix race settles the championship in November, and Loudon, New Hampshire is the closest track we have to Phoenix remaining on the circuit. So when it comes to car development, team development, we look to this track to be a key indicator for how we will run for that race.”

With a win already under his belt this season, Keselowski is locked into the Playoffs. Gaining that crucial information for a potential championship run won’t come easy, however, as “The Magic Mile” creates a number of challenges, even for veterans like Keselowski.

“Loudon is a track that takes a lot of finesse to get around,” the 2012 Cup Series champion said. “You have to be really smooth with your inputs, take care of your car in some ways, but also know when to push it. We’ve got a lot of top-fives – only two wins – but I feel like we could have won there a half dozen times.”

Win or lose, Keselowski said he’s looking forward to getting back to New England and seeing fans back in the grandstands.

“There’s a lot of energy from the fans whenever we go,” he said. “Certainly, we were fortunate to have fans at the race last year, but I know it was a limited capacity. The midways and all the things we would do to activate were certainly nowhere near fully baked. I expect the atmosphere to be – what’s the word – lit. It’s going to be great.”

Action gets underway on Doubleheader Saturday, with NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT) practice and qualifying, followed by the Whelen 100 NWMT race at 12:45 p.m. The Ambetter Get Vaccinated 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday’s spotlight belongs to the NASCAR Cup Series drivers and the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301, which is scheduled to run at 3 p.m.

For a NASCAR race weekend schedule, visit NHMS.com/Events/Foxwoods-Resort-Casino-301/Schedule/

*Schedule subject to change.

Tickets:

Log on to NHMS.com for tickets, schedules and more information on the weekend’s lineup of action-packed racing. Doubleheader Saturday tickets start at just $35 while kids 12 and under are free. Sunday’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 tickets start at just $59 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under.

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Keep track of all of New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s events by following on Facebook (@NHMotorSpeedway), Twitter (@NHMS) and Instagram (@NHMS). Keep up with all the latest information on the speedway website (NHMS.com) and mobile app.