Date: Oct. 2, 2022
Event: YellaWood 500 (Round 31 of 36)
Series: NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway (2.66-mile oval)
Format: 188 laps, broken into three stages (60 laps/60 laps/68 laps)
Race Winner: Chase Elliott of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)
Stage 1 Winner: Ryan Blaney of Team Penske (Ford)
Stage 2 Winner: Chase Elliott of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)
SHR Race Finish:
● Aric Almirola (Started 4th, Finished 14th / Running, completed 188 of 188 laps)
● Aric Almirola (20th with 663 points)
Playoff Standings (With one race to go before Round of 8):
1. Chase Elliott (3,103 points) 1 win
2. Ryan Blaney (3,101 points) +32
3. Ross Chastain (3,097 points) +28
4. Denny Hamlin (3,090 points) +21
5. Joey Logano (3,087 points) +18
6. Kyle Larson (3,087 points) +18
7. Daniel Suárez (3,081 points) +12
8. Chase Briscoe (3,069 points) +0
9. Austin Cindric (3,069 points) -0
10. William Byron (3,058 points) -11
11. Christopher Bell (3,036 points) -33
12. Alex Bowman (3,015 points) -54
● Almirola earned his 14th top-15 of the season and his 16th top-15 in 26 career NASCAR Cup Series starts at Talladega.
● Since joining SHR in 2018, Almirola only has two finishes outside the top-15 at Talladega.
● Almirola led seven times for a race-high 36 laps to increase his laps-led total at Talladega to 107.
● Chase Elliott won the YellaWood 500 to score his 18th career NASCAR Cup Series victory, his fifth of the season and his second at Talladega. His margin over second-place Ryan Blaney was .046 of a second.
● There were six caution periods for a total of 25 laps.
● Twenty-seven of the 37 drivers in the YellaWood 500 finished on the lead lap.
The next event on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Bank of America Roval 400 on Sunday, Oct. 9 on the Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway Roval. It is the sixth race of the 10-race NASCAR Playoffs and the final race in the Round of 12. The Bank of America Roval 400 starts at 2 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBC and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.