Tyler Reddick blazes to NASCAR Xfinity win at Charlotte05/25/2019
Tyler Reddick had never finished better than 10th in the NASCAR Xfinity series at Charlotte Motor Speedway, nor had he led a lap in that series before Saturday.
It’s almost as if Charlotte Motor Speedway owed something to Tyler Reddick. The 23-year old had never led a lap in the Xfinity series at the 1.5-mile speedway and had never finished better than 10th. That all changed Saturday. The reigning NASCAR Xfinity champion led a race high 110 of 200 laps to win the NASCAR Xfinity Alsco 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
“I’ve been very disrespectful to her actually,” Reddick said of the track. “Going up and bouncing off the walls and doing all sorts of things I shouldn’t have. But it gave it gave me a lot to go on coming back into this race. I’d forgotten how well I’d run here a year ago and I remember how we were here my first time two years ago but we just didn’t have it work out at the end of the race.”
“This time around I remembered all the dumb things I’ve done in years prior and I just told myself “OK I just better stay out of the wall and try and have a good run today’ and I think I did that.”
It was his second win of 2019 and the fifth of his career.
Reddick took the lead from second when leader Cole Custer spun his tires on the final restart after the races 10th and final caution with 15 to go. From there Reddick was able to stretch out his lead and in the final five laps second place runner Justin Allgaier admitted to his team over the radio that he had nothing left for him. Reddick cruised to the win by just over 2-seconds.
On a hot sunny afternoon with temperatures hovering in the mid-90s, Christopher Bell won the pole, but it was Custer who grabbed the lead on the first lap. It took 16 laps for Bell to lead his first laps and he would hold the point and win Stage 1. Custer meanwhile would fade and hit the wall on lap 73 and suffer further damage when he ran over a large piece of debris on the track.
Bell’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Brandon Jones used a quick, no tire, pit stop to take the lead to start the second stage. He would lead the next 22 laps but 2 laps prior to the end of Stage 2 his Toyota lost a right front tire; Jones slowed and was able to make it pit road for repairs. Behind Jones, Bell also lost a right front tire, but instead of pitting he tried to stay out; the tire came apart on the backstretch. The shredded tire caused extensive damage and by the time Bell got his car to pit road the right front was on fire, and Bell’s day was done.
“My car was running good there,” Bell said. “I had no warning of blowing a right front. I was actually a little bit loose that entire run. I guess we ran something over. I pile drove the fence and then rolling down the back straightaway I saw my teammate do it there too. Bummer.”
Jones meanwhile was able to get repaired and he recovered to finish 10th after contending for the win in the closing laps and got credit for leading 22 laps.
“I think a top 10 was great,” Jones said. “I tried again that last little bit to use the outside (lane). I know a lot of guys were doing that and I was just too tight there with the damage that I had to do it. I hit the wall again. All in all, I think 10th was pretty good considering what we had today.”
Behind Allgaier in second Jeffrey Earnhardt staged a heroic comeback to finish third. He was the third Joe Gibbs Racing car to lose a tire with the loss of a right rear tire on lap 140. After a spin he was able to nurse his Toyota to the pits where the team was able to effect repairs. Earnhardt lost a lap but charged back got a free pass and came home with a career best third and his first top five finish. Like several drivers he was taken to the infield care center to be treated after the race.
Noah Gragson overcame a pit road penalty to finish fourth, Justin Haley was a career best fifth.
Michael Annett, who won the season opener at Daytona was sixth, Jeb Burton was a seventh and Austin Cindric was 9th, Jones 10th; Custer who hit the wall in the final laps and was forced to pit was scored 24th.
Reddick leads the championship standings as the Xfinity Series head to Pocono.
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Concord, North Carolina
Saturday, May 25, 2019
1. (3) Tyler Reddick, Chevrolet, 200.
2. (6) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 200.
3. (9) Jeffrey Earnhardt, Toyota, 200.
4. (10) Noah Gragson #, Chevrolet, 200.
5. (35) Justin Haley #, Chevrolet, 200.
6. (8) Michael Annett, Chevrolet, 200.
7. (16) Jeb Burton, Chevrolet, 200.
8. (12) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, 200.
9. (7) Austin Cindric, Ford, 200.
10. (5) Brandon Jones, Toyota, 200.
11. (37) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, 200.
12. (14) John Hunter Nemechek #, Chevrolet, 200.
13. (17) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 200.
14. (19) Gray Gaulding, Chevrolet, 200.
15. (32) Stephen Leicht, Chevrolet, 200.
16. (28) Ray Black II, Chevrolet, 200.
17. (30) Garrett Smithley, Chevrolet, 200.
18. (21) BJ McLeod, Chevrolet, 199.
19. (11) Chase Briscoe #, Ford, 199.
20. (25) Brandon Brown #, Chevrolet, 198.
21. (26) Joey Gase, Toyota, 198.
22. (29) David Starr, Chevrolet, 198.
23. (34) Vinnie Miller, Chevrolet, 197.
24. (2) Cole Custer, Ford, 196.
25. (24) Ronnie Bassett Jr, Chevrolet, 195.
26. (33) Matt Mills, Chevrolet, 194.
27. (22) Josh Williams, Chevrolet, Suspension, 187.
28. (4) Austin Dillon(i), Chevrolet, Overheating, 186.
29. (20) Camden Murphy(i), Chevrolet, Front Hub, 173.
30. (36) Mason Diaz, Chevrolet, Accident, 100.
31. (1) Christopher Bell, Toyota, Accident, 90.
32. (31) Joe Nemechek(i), Toyota, Vibration, 58.
33. (15) Bayley Currey(i), Chevrolet, Electrical, 35.
34. (13) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, Handling, 31.
35. (18) Timmy Hill, Toyota, Engine, 17.
36. (23) Josh Bilicki, Chevrolet, Vibration, 10.
37. (27) Jeff Green, Chevrolet, Brakes, 6.
38. (38) Chad Finchum, Toyota, Engine, 5.
Average Speed of Race Winner: 110.69 mph.
Time of Race: 2 Hrs, 42 Mins, 37 Secs. Margin of Victory: 2.102 Seconds.
Caution Flags: 10 for 56 laps.
Lead Changes: 15 among 7 drivers.
Lap Leaders: C. Custer 1-16;C. Bell 17-49;B. Jones 50-71;T. Reddick 72-95;J. Nemechek # 96;C. Briscoe # 97-98;T. Reddick 99-104;N. Gragson # 105;T. Reddick 106-141;C. Custer 142;T. Reddick 143-158;C. Briscoe # 159-162;J. Nemechek # 163-165;T. Reddick 166-177;C. Custer 178-184;T. Reddick 185-200.
Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): Tyler Reddick 6 times for 110 laps; Christopher Bell 1 time for 33 laps; Cole Custer 3 times for 24 laps; Brandon Jones 1 time for 22 laps; Chase Briscoe # 2 times for 6 laps; John Hunter Nemechek # 2 times for 4 laps; Noah Gragson # 1 time for 1 lap.
Stage #1 Top Ten: 00,1,19,2,20,23,39,7,9,98
Stage #2 Top Ten: 00,1,10,18,2,22,23,7,9,98
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