Aric Almirola falls short of making Chase for the Sprint Cup

Almirola finished fourth, missing the playoffs by 17 points.

With a playoff bid on the line, Aric Almirola knew what he needed to do Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway. Lined up behind leader Matt Kenseth on a restart with 18 laps remaining, Almirola planned to dive-bomb Kenseth into Turn 1 and muscle around.

That strategy was thwarted when Kenseth took off on the restarted and quickly built up an insurmountable advantage. Almirola would finish fourth and missed the Chase for...

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