Talladega week!

Geico 500 Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway
Published: Apr. 19, 2022 at 5:31 PM CDT
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TALLADEGA, Ala. (WAFF) - There’s nothing like Talladega Superspeedway racing in NASCAR. Just ask 2018 winner Aric Almirola.

“So Talladega is like being on the interstate, four lanes wide, all four lanes are packed with semi-trucks, and you’re in the middle of semi-trucks,” Almirola said via a Zoom Interview leading up to race day.

Almirola who will get the start in the No. 10 Smithfield/IHOP Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing, understands what it takes to reach victory lane. So far in the 2022 season, Almirola has captured one top five and four top 10s and is currently 12th in the NASCAR Cup Series standings.

Drivers in the Cup series are also trying to navigate the new NextGen Cars introduced this season. Add to the thrill of reaching speeds of up to 200 miles per hour, a Superspeedway win is also tough, but rewarding.

“There’s a semi-truck on each side of you , there’s a semi-truck behind you and ahead of you, and the entire interstate is packed like that,” Almirola added. “And you’re running 200 miles per hour and you can’t see (laughter). That’s what it’s like”

This will also be the final season for Almirola as a full-time driver. He will retire at the end of the 2022 season. His best season to date was 2020. He recorded six top-fives (he earned five top-fives consecutively from Homestead to Indianapolis) and 18 top 10 finishes.

The Geico 500 will begin Sunday at 2.

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