Few Sundays this NASCAR season, if any, have been as shocking as the one we just had.
The Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 just wrapped up on Sunday evening. Aric Almirola, 37, took home the checkered flag in stunning fashion.
Almirola crossed the finish line first in the shortened race, which was cut short due to earlier rain and impending darkness.
The NASCAR world is stunned by Almirola’s victory.
“ARIC ALMIROLA WINS in a shocker at New Hampshire! The playoff picture just got a BIG shakeup!” longtime NASCAR writer Jeff Gluck tweeted.
ARIC ALMIROLA WINS in a shocker at New Hampshire! The playoff picture just got a BIG shakeup!
— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) July 19, 2021
This was the third win of Almirola’s career. It’s a huge one, as it pushes him to the playoff field.
— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) July 19, 2021
“It is no doubt we have struggled,” Almirola told NBC Sports following the race. “But guess what, we’re going playoff racing!”
— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) July 19, 2021
The NASCAR Playoffs bubble is now extremely tight. Just five points separate teammates fighting for the final spots.
— Xfinity Racing (@XfinityRacing) July 19, 2021
It was an eventful day all around, with Kyle Busch crashing out of the race. The 36-year-old NASCAR star was not happy with the wreck, as he was visibly upset in his post-race interview.
Today’s race will be remembered for Almirola’s result, though. It was a truly special one.