NASCAR at Talladega: Results, highlights from 1000Bulbs.com 500

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Aric Almirola (Getty Images)

The NASCAR Cup Series playoffs continued Sunday from Talladega Superspeedway, where Aric Almirola took the checkered flag in the 1000Bulbs.com 500.

A wreck with three laps to go forced overtime, and teams were faced with crucial decisions regarding fuel. It wound up being Kurt Busch’s downfall, as he ran out of fuel on the final lap to allow Almriola to pass him and claim the victory. Busch ended up finishing 14th after leading 108 laps on the day — the most by any driver.

Clint Bowyer, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano finished second through fifth, respectively. 

Last week’s winner, Chase Elliott, finished 31st. Elliott was also leading the points standings heading into the race.

Sporting News provided live updates and highlights from the race.

NASCAR at Talladega: Results, highlights

(All times ET)

5:36 p.m. —  Bowyer, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano finish second through fifth, respectively.

5:34 p.m. —  Kurt Busch runs out of fuel on the final lap and Almirola takes the checkered flag!

5:32 p.m. —  Caution’s still out, but a lot of drivers are facing fuel concerns. 

5:21 p.m. —  Caution flag comes out with three laps to go after a wreck involving Alex Bowman, William Byron and JJ Yeley.

5:18 p.m. —  Five laps remain! It’s Bushc, Bowyer, Harvick, Almirola and Blaney in the top five.

5:13 p.m. —  10 laps to go! It’s Busch in the lead with Bowyer and Harvick following close behind.

5:04 p.m. —  24 laps remain and the green flag’s back out. It’s Busch, Bowyer and Harvick out in front.

4:58 p.m. —  Caution’s out due to a…tire?

4:53 p.m. —  30 laps to go and it’s still Busch, Harvick and Almirola out in front.

4:44 p.m. —  Nearing Lap 150 and it’s Busch back in front followed by Harvick and Almirola. 

4:29 p.m. —  Caution’s out with 52 laps to go as Jamie McMurray wrecks.

4:22 p.m. — 60 laps to go and Keselowski’s out in front. Joey Logano in second and William Byron in third.

4:12 p.m. —  Stage 3’s underway as the green flag’s up and there’s a shake up at the front of the field:

4:02 p.m. —  Harvick takes Stage 2, the second stage victory today for Stewart-Haas Racing:

3:59 p.m. —  Green flag comes back out with three laps left in Stage 2.

3:53 p.m. — Kyle Larson wrecks with six laps left in Stage 2. Caution’s now out. 

3:41 p.m. —  90 laps in an Harvick is still the leader. Bowyer following close behind in second. Aric Almirola in third.

3:29 p.m. —  75 laps in an Harvick’s the leader with Bowyer in second. 

3:24 p.m. —  Green flag’s back out on Lap 66. Kevin Harvick’s in front followed by Bowyer.

3:17 p.m. —  Footage of Johnson’s crash:

3:15 p.m. —  Caution’s out after Jimmie Johnson hits the wall:

3:13 p.m. —  Green flag’s out for Stage 2 with Ryan Blaney and Clint Bowyer out in front.

3:03 p.m. —  Busch claims the victory in Stage 1 and picks up the playoff point in in the process:

2:55 p.m. —  Brad Keselowski is forced to pit due to a loose wheel:

2:47 p.m. —  Pretty quiet race so far. Almost 40 laps through and Busch is still the leader.

2:34 p.m. —  20 laps in and Kurt Busch is your leader. He’s led 18 laps so far.

2:24 p.m. —  Caution’s out on Lap 11: 

2:22 p.m. — 10 laps in and Kurt Busch is your leader.

2:18 p.m. —  Looks like David Ragan’s having some car trouble:

2:13 p.m. —  Green flag’s out and they’re underway!

1:59 p.m. — Here we go!

1:55 p.m. —  Flyover’s complete. Race start is just moments away.

1:35 p.m. —  Just over 25 minutes from race start!