Who won the NASCAR race yesterday? Complete results from Sunday’s New Hampshire race

The winner of Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway won by daylight just before nightfall in New England.

More importantly for him, this driver qualified for the series playoffs with his first win in 2021.

Aric Almirola rallied to score a surprise victory Sunday in the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301. He drove through rain early and an abbreviated Stage 3 late as NASCAR shortened the race because of approaching darkness.

Below is more about Almirola’s win Sunday, plus the complete results of the race.

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Who won the NASCAR race yesterday?

Aric Almirola, who came into the race 27th in points, gave Stewart-Haas Racing its first win of the season as he defeated Joe Gibbs Racing’s Christopher Bell by 0.657 seconds. Almirola won duels with teammate Kevin Harvick and Team Penske drivers Brad Keselowski and Ryan Blaney to get to the lead. He held off a charging Bell to the checkered flag, aided by the race being shortened.

It was Almirola’s third career win and the first on a track that wasn’t a superspeedway. His last win was in 2018 at Talladega.

“This is by far one of my favorite race tracks,” Almirola told NBCSN’s Marty Snider (via NASCAR.com) after the win. “I love coming up to the New England area and racing. I love this race track. I had this race won a couple of years ago, and I gave it away — I lost it. And I am so glad to win a race here with this race team.”

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Drivers and teams weren’t sure when the race would end, which increased the intensity of the racing in Stage 3. NASCAR announced during the race that it would cut the finish to 10 laps to go, with no overtime, if necessary, at any time with sunset approaching. It made the change with Almirola trying to hold off Bell. The race was scheduled for 301 laps; it ended after 293 laps.

“I know lapped cars were giving him a bad time, but I was able to get to him, and it was going to be a heck of a race,” Bell said, per NASCAR.com.

NASCAR results from New Hampshire

Almirola is the 13th different driver to win a Cup race this year. He is eligible for the Round of 16. His win also tightened the race for the final playoff spots. Right now, they belong to Denny Hamlin (points leader but no wins), Kevin Harvick and Tyler Reddick (remaining non-winners with the most points). Austin Dillon was bumped off the grid Sunday. Four races remain in the regular season.

NASCAR will take the next two weekends off for the Olympics and then finish the regular season in August. The next race will be the Go Bowling at The Glen on Aug. 8 in Watkins Glen, N.Y. (3 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

FinishDriverCar No.Team
1Aric Almirola10Stewart-Haas Racing
2Christopher Bell20Joe Gibbs Racing
3Brad Keselowski2Team Penske
4Joey Logano22Team Penske
5Ryan Blaney12Team Penske
6Kevin Harvick4Stewart-Haas Racing
7Kyle Larson5Hendrick Motorsports
8Ross Chastain42Chip Ganassi Racing
9Alex Bowman48Hendrick Motorsports
10Denny Hamlin11Joe Gibbs Racing
11Matt DiBenedetto21Wood Brothers Racing
12Martin Truex Jr.19Joe Gibbs Racing
13Tyler Reddick8Richard Childress Racing
14Cole Custer41Stewart-Haas Racing
15Ricky Stenhouse Jr.47JTG Daugherty Racing
16Kurt Busch1Chip Ganassi Racing
17Austin Dillon3Richard Childress Racing
18Chase Elliott9Hendrick Motorsports
19Erik Jones43Richard Petty Motorsports
20Daniel Suarez99Trackhouse Racing
21William Byron24Hendrick Motorsports
22Ryan Preece37JTG Daugherty Racing
23Corey LaJoie7Spire Motorsports
24Ryan Newman6Roush Fenway Racing
25Michael McDowell34Front Row Motorsports
26Bubba Wallace2323XI Racing
27Chase Briscoe14Stewart-Haas Racing
28Justin Haley77Spire Motorsports
29Chris Buescher17Roush Fenway Racing
30BJ McLeod78Live Fast Motorsports
31Cody Ware51Petty Ware Racing
32Anthony Alfredo38Front Row Motorsports
33Garrett Smithley53Rick Ware Racing
34Josh Bilicki52Rick Ware Racing
35Quin Houff00Starcom Racing
36James Davison15Rick Ware Racing
37Kyle Busch18Joe Gibbs Racing

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