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No. 28 NASCAR Ford Outduels Chevy To Win Xfinity Sonoma 2023: Video

Aric Almirola has plenty of Cup Series racing experience under his belt, and for a one-off Xfinity Series race, he took control of the No. 28 NASCAR Ford at Sonoma on June 10th, 2023. After dueling with the No. 17 Chevy Camaro of fellow Cup Series driver Kyle Larson, Almirola took advantage of a critical mistake on Larson’s part to put the No. 28 Mustang in Victory Lane.

Larson showed the way in the No. 17 Camaro for much of the race, defending against charges from Almirola’s No. 28 Mustang as the laps ticked down. However, the race changed in Almirola favor, as he put the No. 28 Mustang in the lead on a restart on Lap 65 and didn’t look back, even under pressure from Larson’s No. 17 Camaro. Then, on Lap 72, Larson overdrove the No. 17 Camaro into Turn 11, missing the hairpin and getting into the tire barriers, allowing Almirola’s No. 28 Mustang to take off with the race lead.

“Oh, man, this is so special,” said Almirola after the race. “It’s hard to explain. I know it’s an Xfinity win – it’s not a Cup win, but after COTA [I said] I don’t think I should run any more road course races in an Xfinity car.”

He added, “It makes me look like a wanker, and I lose self-confidence going into Sunday [for the Cup race]. But I knew that this racetrack, this is one I that can run good at. I’ve run good here my whole career. I don’t know what it is about this place, but I love racing here.”

It’s worth noting that the top four finishers were Cup Series regulars rather than full-time Xfinity Series drivers, including Almirola winning in the No. 28 Mustang, AJ Allmendiver’s No. 10 Camaro in second, Larson’s No. 17 Camaro in third and Ty Gibb’s fourth-lace result in the No. 19 Toyota Supra. Parker Kligerman’s No. 48 Camaro finished fifth, the best of all the Xfinity Series drivers.

NASCAR Xfinity Series Race Results, Sonoma Raceway, June 10, 2023
Finish Start Car Number Driver Team Laps Run Laps Led Car
1 4 28 Aric Almirola(i) Michael Roberts Construction Ford 79 17 Ford Mustang
2 5 10 AJ Allmendinger(i) Gabriel Glas Chevrolet 79 2 Chevrolet Camaro
3 1 17 Kyle Larson(i) HendrickCars.com Chevrolet 79 53 Chevrolet Camaro
4 7 19 Ty Gibbs(i) He Gets Us Toyota 79 0 Toyota Supra
5 12 48 Parker Kligerman Big Machine Racing Spiked Chevrolet 79 0 Chevrolet Camaro
6 26 00 Cole Custer Haas Automation Ford 79 0 Ford Mustang
7 2 7 Justin Allgaier BRANDT Chevrolet 79 0 Chevrolet Camaro
8 13 21 Austin Hill Bennett Transportation Chevrolet 79 4 Chevrolet Camaro
9 10 18 Sammy Smith # Pilot Flying J Toyota 79 0 Toyota Supra
10 6 1 Sam Mayer Accelerate Pros Talent Chevrolet 79 0 Chevrolet Camaro
11 3 2 Sheldon Creed Whelen Chevrolet 79 0 Chevrolet Camaro
12 14 25 Brett Moffitt AM Technical Solutions Ford 79 0 Ford Mustang
13 8 11 Daniel Hemric Cirkul Chevrolet 79 0 Chevrolet Camaro
14 20 16 Chandler Smith # Quick Tie Products Inc. Chevrolet 79 0 Chevrolet Camaro
15 23 98 Riley Herbst Monster Energy Ford 79 0 Ford Mustang
16 9 20 John Hunter Nemechek Yahoo Toyota 79 1 Toyota Supra
17 24 51 Jeremy Clements Fox Sports/Spartan Waste Chevrolet 79 0 Chevrolet Camaro
18 15 91 Ross Chastain(i) Skip Barber Racing School Chevrolet 79 0 Chevrolet Camaro
19 25 36 Josh Bilicki SBC Contractors Chevrolet 79 0 Chevrolet Camaro
20 27 26 Kaz Grala FDC Black Cherry Bourbon Toyota 79 0 Toyota Supra
21 28 9 Brandon Jones Menards/Patriot Lighting Chevrolet 79 0 Chevrolet Camaro
22 18 8 Kyle Weatherman Team Schuler/Fanttik Ford 79 0 Ford Mustang
23 32 4 Ty Dillon(i) Chevrolet 79 0 Chevrolet Camaro
24 33 43 Dylan Lupton Lupton Excavation Inc Chevrolet 79 0 Chevrolet Camaro
25 11 29 Alex Labbe RSS Racing Ford 79 2 Ford Mustang
26 30 27 Jeb Burton Bommarito.com/EasyCare Chevrolet 79 0 Chevrolet Camaro
27 17 7 Daniel Suarez(i) Refology/Blast Equality Collab Chevrolet 79 0 Chevrolet Camaro
28 34 39 Ryan Sieg CMRroofing.com Ford 79 0 Ford Mustang
29 31 53 Brad Perez APEX Coffee Toyota 79 0 Toyota Supra
30 36 02 Blaine Perkins # To The Point Inc. Chevrolet 79 0 Chevrolet Camaro
31 38 38 Joe Graf Jr ArmsList.com Ford 79 0 Ford Mustang
32 29 24 Connor Mosack Open Eyes Toyota 78 0 Toyota Supra
33 19 8 Josh Berry Tire Pros Love The Drive Chevrolet 76 0 Chevrolet Camaro
34 21 44 Sage Karam Quality Roof Seamers/ToughGuard Chevrolet 71 0 Chevrolet Camaro
35 22 92 Josh Williams Alloy Employer Services Chevrolet 60 0 Chevrolet Camaro
36 35 45 Jeffrey Earnhardt ForeverLawn Chevrolet 59 0 Chevrolet Camaro
37 37 78 Anthony Alfredo DUDE Wipes Chevrolet 44 0 Chevrolet Camaro
38 16 31 Parker Retzlaff # FUNKAWAY Chevrolet 21 0 Chevrolet Camaro

# – Rookie
i – Points ineligible
* – Part-time driver

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Alexandra is a Colorado-based journalist with a passion for all things involving horsepower, be it automotive or equestrian.

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