With the win, Almirola will declare the third beginning place in Sunday’s 500.
“All these guys on the workforce constructed me an unbelievable Ford Mustang,” Almirola stated. “What an effective way to kick off our tenth season along with Smithfield Meals. They’ve been an unbelievable companion of mine.
“It’s an effective way to begins Speedweeks. This factor is actually quick. I can’t wait till Sunday. Happy with all people again at Stewart-Haas Racing.
“It’s been a very long time since I’ve bought to do an interview firstly/end line. Issues are going nice for Tampa Bay!”
Whereas the margin of victory was a mere .041 seconds, Almirola dominated the caution-free race, main 52 of the 60 laps.
Ryan Newman completed third, Joey Logano was fourth and Ryan Preece clipped Ty Dillon on the end line to assert the fifth spot.
With Preece the top-finishing non-charter workforce within the area, reigning Xfinity Sequence champion Austin Cindric claimed the second 500 beginning place amongst open groups based mostly on his qualifying velocity.
Alex Bowman began on the pole of the qualifying race because of successful the pole Wednesday night time for the Daytona 500 however Almirola moved out entrance after the primary lap.
Daniel Suarez went three-wide to seize the lead firstly of Lap 3. Bell bought round Suarez to take the lead on Lap 5.
Almirola returned to the lead on Lap 7 as Cindric moved into third. Bell circled again to the entrance on Lap 8. Almirola returned to the entrance on Lap 9.
With 45 laps remaining, Almirola led the way in which adopted by Logano and Bell.
With 30 laps to go, Bowman was compelled to pit alone below inexperienced with what he thought could be engine points. After his automobile got here to relaxation in his pit stall, the hood went up on his No. 48 Chevrolet.
If Bowman’s workforce is compelled to vary his engine, he’ll have to start out the Daytona 500 from the rear of the sphere.
On Lap 35, a gaggle of Ford drivers elected to pit for gas and tires and Denny Hamlin inherited the lead.
Cindric was penalized throughout his cease for dashing on pit highway and needed to make a pass-through penalty below inexperienced.
The group of Chevrolet automobiles pit with 25 laps remaining, with Hamlin once more main the way in which.
With 23 to go, Almirola, with some assist of fellow Ford drivers, bought round Hamlin and reclaimed the lead.
With 15 laps to go, Bowman was again on the monitor however three laps down and Cindric fell a lap right down to the chief as effectively.
After 50 laps, Almirola continued to cleared the path however there have been studies he could also be shut on gas. Logano was second, Matt DiBenedetto third, Newman fourth and Ty Dillon fifth.
With 5 laps remaining, Almirola and Logano remained first and second with the Toyotas of Bell and Hamlin shut behind.
Tyler Reddick needed to begin the race from the rear of the sphere after his workforce made a transmission change to his No. 8 Chevrolet.