#2 Trouble for Aric Almirola
Aric Almirola was so close.
In fact, he only had seven more circuits to complete in order to nab his first win in years, but an errant cuation cuased by his own teammate, Clint Bowyer, set a bizzare series of events in motion. Almirola and his team eventually decided to pit after believing that he could make up the spots with his fast car and it almost worked out that way.
Unforutnatley for Almirola, several drivers ended up not coming down pit road, which put him further back than he would have liked. Things only became worse however on the ensuing restart when Almirola nicked the wall on the backstretch, which set off a multi car wreck that ruined a lot of title contenders day’s
With that being said, Elliott might not have been so lucky if two things had been different in Sunday’s race at Dover. The first thing was that if Almirola hadn’t crashed, he might have been able to catch Elliott and beat him for the win. The second thing is that if Almirola didn’t pit and take four tires, he probably also would have beaten Elliott.
Of course neither of those two things happened during Sunday’s race and that is exactly why Chase Elliott now has a spot in the final eight in a few weeks. Maybe no one wants to admit that they want to see Elliott as some kind of threat to the big three in Miami, these kind of things prove that its not exactly the case
In the end though, nothing illustrates that point more then our final point.