Aric Almirola finished fifth in the Dixie Vodka 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday.
Almirola’s top five finish added 39 points to his season total.
Almirola started in 21st position. The 13th-year driver has piled up two career victories, with 18 top-five finishes and 64 results inside the top 10.
The fifth-place result on Sunday was the first time Almirola has cracked the top five at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It also marks his third top-10 finish at Homestead.
The Tampa, Florida native began the race at his career mark of 20.7, but finished 17 places ahead of his career average of 22.
Almirola competed against 38 other drivers on the way to his fifth-place finish. The race endured six cautions and 27 caution laps. Prior to the checkered flag there were 17 lead changes.
Denny Hamlin finished first in the race, and Chase Elliott finished second. Ryan Blaney placed third, with Tyler Reddick bringing home fourth place. Almirola rounded out the top five.
As well as securing the race victory, Hamlin won both of the first two stages to finish off a dominant day in Homestead.