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Dude Wipes 250

Saturday, April 6th, 2024

Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway, VA

  • 24 Chevrolet
  • 5 Toyota
  • 8 Ford

  • Saturday, April 6th, 2024
  • NASCAR Wire Service - Reid Spencer
Aric Almirola claims emotional NASCAR Xfinity Series win at Martinsville

With a dramatic victory Saturday night at Martinsville Speedway, Aric Almirola removed an asterisk from his career record and collected a $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus in the process.

With considerable help—perhaps unintentional—from Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Sheldon Creed after an overtime restart, Almirola grabbed the lead from Sam Mayer and won the DUDE Wipes 250 under caution when Riley Herbst, pole winner Brandon Jones and Ryan Ellis wrecked in Turn 2 on the final lap.

The victory was Almirola’s first since retiring from full-time NASCAR Cup Series competition and rejoining Joe Gibbs Racing this season. The record book will show that the driver of the No. 20 JGR Toyota has five NASCAR Xfinity Series wins to his credit, but Almirola has always considered his first one tainted.

In 2007, he won the pole at the Milwaukee Mile and started the race but turned the car over to Denny Hamlin, who was late in his commute from a Cup date at Sonoma Raceway. Hamlin won the race, but Almirola got credit for the victory as the driver of record.

“Man, this is so awesome,” Almirola said. “To win for Joe Gibbs Racing. I’ve had an asterisk next to a win for Coach (Joe Gibbs) for 17 years, and this is so awesome to finally put a real win banner up inside the shop at Joe Gibbs Racing.

“Thank you, thank you, thank you, Coach for calling me and giving me this opportunity to have some fun and still scratch the itch of racing but still get to spend a lot of time with our family.”

Though Almirola led 148 of 251 laps, the outcome was in doubt until he took command after the final restart. Race runner-up Sam Mayer held the lead at that point, but when Almirola’s JGR teammate Sheldon Creed took Almirola and Mayer three-wide in Turn 2 on the penultimate lap, contact slowed Mayer’s progress and allowed Almirola to break clear for the lead.

“Man, those restarts here are just ruthless,” said Mayer, who wrested the top spot from Almirola on Lap 243, moments before a five-car pileup on the frontstretch caused the 10th caution of the race.

“Painful. Obviously, the 20 was really, really good today. It was good that I was able to keep up and be as fast as them and pass all those JGR cars there at the end and march up to the front. That’s the first time I’ve done that here…

“But at the end of the day, we needed a ‘W’, and I got one I feel like stolen from me there a little bit.”

Mayer’s pass on Lap 243 was one of four lead changes over the final 12 laps. On Lap 239, JGR’s Chandler Smith, who started from the back of the field after crashing in practice on Friday, muscled past Almirola, who returned the favor by moving his teammate into the top lane for a pass on Lap 241.

“Chandler, I felt like used me up pretty good, so when I got back to him, I was going to make sure he knew it,” Almirola said. “From there the race was on. Mayer did a great job of getting to me and moving me out of the way.

“And then on that restart I knew it was going to be tough. I was really thankful to be able to hold on to it. They drilled me in the left rear, and I was able to hold on to it and get a good run off (Turn) 2.”

Smith ran third, followed by Carson Kvapil, who finished fourth in his Xfinity Series debut. Justin Allgaier came home fifth after starting from the rear. Creed, Sammy Smith, Cole Custer, Sunoco rookie, Jesse Love and Josh Williams completed the top 10.

New Zealander Shane van Gisbergen was 11th in his first trip to Martinsville.

Almirola was won the Dash 4 Cash bonus as the highest finisher among four eligible drivers. Since he is not competing at Texas next weekend, the four Dash 4 Cash drivers in Fort Worth are Mayer, Smith, Allgaier and Creed.

  • Drivers Entered: 39 (1 drivers will not make the race)
  • Laps Scheduled: 250
  • Laps Actual: 251 - NASCAR OVERTIME!
  • Margin of Victory: Under Caution Seconds
  • Time of Race: 2 Hours 7 Minutes 48 Seconds
  • Average Speed: 61.984
  • Cautions: 11 for 68 laps
  • Lead Changes: 15
  • Green Flag Passes: 1,273 (7.0 passes per green flag lap)
Aric Almirola celebrates in victory lane
Martinsville, Virginia - April 6, 2024 : Aric Almirola, driver of the #20 He Gets Us Toyota, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series DUDE Wipes 250 at Martinsville Speedway.
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Dude Wipes 250 at Martinsville Speedway results
FIN ST # DRIVER MAKE TOT PTS FIN PTS STG PTS PO PTS LAPS LED X LED S1 S2 STATUS
36 15 16 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 7 1 6 0 70 0 0 5 0 Accident
1 6 20 Aric Almirola Toyota 65 40 19 6 251 148 6 1 2 Running
20 33 92 Dexter Bean Chevrolet 17 17 0 0 251 0 0 0 0 Running
5 5 7 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 43 32 10 1 251 14 1 0 1 Running
12 18 48 Parker Kligerman Chevrolet 25 25 0 0 251 5 1 0 0 Running
28 36 53 Joey Gase Ford 9 9 0 0 250 1 1 0 0 Running
32 4 27 Jeb Burton Chevrolet 9 5 4 0 242 0 0 9 9 Accident
21 14 38 Matt DiBenedetto Ford 16 16 0 0 251 0 0 0 0 Running
26 29 43 Ryan Ellis Chevrolet 11 11 0 0 250 0 0 0 0 Accident
17 8 39 Ryan Sieg Ford 25 20 5 0 251 0 0 7 10 Running
33 26 91 Kyle Weatherman Chevrolet 4 4 0 0 75 0 0 0 0 Accident
14 24 44 Brennan Poole Chevrolet 23 23 0 0 251 0 0 0 0 Running
8 2 00 Cole Custer Ford 43 29 14 0 251 27 1 3 5 Running
29 31 6 Garrett Smithley Chevrolet 8 8 0 0 249 0 0 0 0 Running
34 10 21 Austin Hill Chevrolet 6 3 3 0 71 0 0 8 0 Accident
27 1 9 Brandon Jones Chevrolet 14 10 4 0 250 0 0 0 7 Accident
22 21 51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet 15 15 0 0 251 0 0 0 0 Running
10 23 11 Josh Williams Chevrolet 27 27 0 0 251 0 0 0 0 Running
19 34 07 Myatt Snider Chevrolet 18 18 0 0 251 0 0 0 0 Running
25 22 98 Riley Herbst Ford 12 12 0 0 250 0 0 0 0 Accident
15 7 5 Anthony Alfredo Chevrolet 27 22 5 0 251 0 0 6 0 Running
6 3 18 Sheldon Creed Toyota 45 31 14 0 251 0 0 2 6 Running
16 30 29 Blaine Perkins Ford 21 21 0 0 251 0 0 0 0 Running
23 28 28 Kyle Sieg Ford 14 14 0 0 251 0 0 0 0 Running
2 9 1 Sam Mayer Chevrolet 42 35 7 0 251 11 2 4 0 Running
24 32 4 Dawson Cram Chevrolet 13 13 0 0 251 0 0 0 0 Running
38 38 35 Akinori Ogata Toyota 1 1 0 0 41 0 0 0 0 Brakes
3 37 81 Chandler Smith Toyota 37 34 3 0 251 3 2 0 8 Running
18 27 15 Hailie Deegan Ford 19 19 0 0 251 0 0 0 0 Running
35 20 26 Corey Heim Toyota 0 0 0 0 70 0 0 0 0 Accident
30 35 14 Logan Bearden Chevrolet 7 7 0 0 247 0 0 0 0 Running
13 16 19 Taylor Gray Toyota 0 0 0 0 251 0 0 0 0 Running
37 13 31 Parker Retzlaff Chevrolet 2 1 1 0 70 0 0 10 0 Accident
7 17 8 Sammy Smith Chevrolet 38 30 8 0 251 42 1 0 3 Running
31 25 42 Leland Honeyman Jr Chevrolet 6 6 0 0 244 0 0 0 0 Running
9 11 2 Jesse Love Chevrolet 28 28 0 0 251 0 0 0 0 Running
11 19 97 Shane van Gisbergen Chevrolet 26 26 0 0 251 0 0 0 0 Running
4 12 88 Carson Kvapil Chevrolet 40 33 7 0 251 0 0 0 4 Running

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