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#10 Team News and Rumors
Pit crew change for Harvick at Homestead: Chris McMullen, who has been Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Aric Almirola's rear tire changer all season, will go to Harvick's team in that role this weekend.[More](11-13-2018)
Special scheme for Almirola at Texas: Almirola and his No. 10 Ford Fusion team are hoping a special paint scheme featuring Smithfield's Spiral Sliced Ham product will bring good luck this weekend. With the holiday season just around the corner, Smithfield is promoting its perfectly cooked, spiral sliced ham as an ideal addition to most every kind of holiday feast to make family and friends feel special, and by making holiday cooking a breeze, as well as providing equally flavorful leftover dishes.[More](11-1-2018)
Aric Almirola finds long-awaited redemption with Talladega win: Aric Almirola has been tantalizingly close to winning this season, only to come up empty. On Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway, he finally got to light the victory cigar. When the No. 41 Ford of Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Kurt Busch lost fuel pressure on the final lap of the 1000Bulbs.com 500, Almirola was there to collect his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory since 2014 and clinch a spot in the Round of 8 in the series Playoffs.[More](10-14-2018)
#10-Aric Almirola won the 1000Bulbs.com 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. The win is his 1st win of 2018, 1st win at Talladega and 2nd career win.
#14-Bowyer finished 2nd followed by #17-Stenhouse, Jr., #11-Hamlin, #22-Logano, #47-Allmendinger, #48-Johnson, #20-Jones, #21-Menard, and #95-Smith.
The race ended under NASCAR Overtime after an accident with three laps remaining. Stewart-Haas Racing cars dominated the race and were running first through fourth when the final caution came out. Before the race restarted, #4-Harvick ran out of fuel and had to pit. On the final restart, pole winner #41-Busch was the leader, but he ran out of gas on the final lap to give Almirola the victory.
Stage 1 was won by #41-Busch, finished 14th.
Stage 2 was won by #4-Harvick, finished 28th.
Several other Playoff drivers had problems during the race:
#42-Larson spun on lap 103 after a tire blew out. He rebounded to finish 11th
#88-Bowman was caught in an accident with three laps remaining and could not finish. He was 33rd.
#2-Keselowski ran out of fuel before the final restart. He finished 21st. His teammate #12-Blaney also had to pit for fuel and finished 29th.
#9-Elliott was in an accident on the final lap and finished 31st. #18-Busch suffered damage in the same incident and was 26th.
There were 15 lead changes among 11 drivers and 8 cautions for 32 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 153.707mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
Drivers Points Standings (pdf)
Owners Points Standings (pdf)
Valley Technical Academy partners with Stewart-Haas Racing: The Mission, Texas-based school prepares individuals for a career in technology, and Valley Technical Academy has chosen NASCAR and, specifically, the No. 10 team of SHR and driver Aric Almirola, to showcase its curriculum within a technology-driven industry. Valley Technical Academy will be the primary sponsor for Almirola and the No. 10 team for two races in 2019, with associate sponsorship beginning with this weekend's Bank of America Roval 400 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. [More](9-26-2018)
Stewart-Haas Racing makes pit crew changes: Stewart-Haas Racing has made changes to all four of its pit crews heading into Sunday's Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway[More](7-19-2018)
All Stewart-Haas drivers expected to return next year: Kurt Busch's contract reportedly ends this year.[More](7-3-2018)
Mobil 1 and Stewart-Haas Racing gear up for the 2018 NASCAR Season: Building upon a successful 2017 season on and off the track, ExxonMobil, on behalf of the Mobil 1 brand, will again sponsor Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) with full primaries at various Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races throughout the year. At the same time, ExxonMobil will further leverage the star power of SHR drivers by bringing back Kevin Harvick as the face of Mobil 1 Annual Protection motor oil marketing campaign. Mobil 1, the "Official Motor Oil of NASCAR", will provide primary sponsorship's across SHR's four NASCAR Cup Series drivers. Harvick's #4 Ford will carry Mobil 1 branding six times, Clint Bowyer's #14 Ford will wear Mobil 1 twice, and Kurt Busch's #41 Ford and Aric Almirola's #10 Ford get one race apiece. Mobil 1 will remain as an associate sponsor of SHR for the entire 2018 season.[More](2-14-2018)