“Means So Much” – Emotional Aric Almirola Reflects on His New Hampshire Win

Published 07/20/2021, 6:14 AM EDT
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – JULY 01: Aric Almirola, driver of the #88 Suave Men Chevrolet, looks on during qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Subway Jalapeno 250 Powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway on July 1, 2011 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images for NASCAR)


Aric Almirola gave the Stewart-Haas Racing team something to smile about at the recently concluded race at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Up until now, the team had not been particularly competitive. So, the #10 driver was utterly delighted to win the race, taking his third career Cup win.

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Speaking after the race, he said, “This is by far one of my favorite race tracks. I love coming up to the New England area and racing. Had this race won, a couple of years ago and I gave it away, I lost it.

“I am so glad to win a race here with this race team. We’ve been through so much, and I just stood the test and kept the faith. The team, everyone has been working so hard, this feels so good for them. We have struggled, but we are going playoff racing and this means so much.”

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What else did Aric Almirola say?

As it turns out, the #10 Stewart-Haas driver had to battle several drivers to clinch the win. Among the contenders were Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski, and Christopher Bell.

Almirola confessed that he has come up short for a long time and he hated the feeling of losing. Fortunately, he has finally managed to get the monkey off his back and it feels good to see it pay off at last.

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Jun 20, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Aric Almirola (10) and NASCAR Cup Series driver Christopher Bell (20) race during the Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Last year, the Stewart-Haas Racing team were in excellent form, with Kevin Harvick leading the charge. However, things have not worked out for them in the 2021 season.

Nevertheless, this win is definitely going to be a morale booster for the team. Almirola knows that this has been a difficult campaign for his team. So, he is truly happy to be a ray of sunshine for Stewart-Haas Racing. Now, there are just a handful of races before the playoffs, and the win secures his slot.

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