Surprise Aric Almirola.
Aric Almirola made headlines after being taken out in the final moments of The Daytona 500 by eventual winner, Austin Dillon, but that wasn’t the last that fans would hear of him. Interestingly enough, a driver that could run top-15 at best a season or two ago, is now sitting 11th in points with 1 top-five and a staggering 9 top-ten’s
Of course Almirola’s stat sheet pales in comparison to that of the big three and other top competitors right now, but it is a marked improvement from where Almirola stood a year ago. It also shows that a win could be on the way for Almirola and his team, which would guarantee him a spot in the playoffs in his first year with SHR.
All in all, Almirola is showing a lot of consistency right now and while it might not lead to a championship in his first year with SHR, that doesn’t mean a win and shot at the final four are out of the question!