NASCAR Road America: Tyler Reddick earns first career Cup win

Tyler Reddick held off a determined Chase Elliott to win at Road America for his first NASCAR Cup Series victory.

Following a final round of pitstops, Reddick passed Elliott for position on the track and inherited the lead for the first and only time on lap 47.

He then spent the last 16 laps masterfully matching Elliott move for move, and pulled away to take victory by 3.304 seconds.

Reddick’s first career win comes in his 92nd start and after many near-misses for victory while at Richard Childress Racing.

Reddick, who joined the team in 2020, becomes the fifth first-time winner this season and the third to do so on a road course, joining Ross Chastain who triumphed at the Circuit of the Americas and Daniel Suarez who won at Sonoma.

The 26-year-old’s victory is also the first for the #8 car in the Cup since Dale Earnhardt Jr won at Richmond for Dale Earnhardt Inc. in 2006.

“I definitely knew he was fast,” Reddick said of Elliott, who led the most laps in the race [36]. “We could stay with him on the long run which told me if we cycled through that last pit sequence, it’d be close. If I could get around him, I’d have a great shot.

“We didn’t quite get around him [at first] but we were within reach. Thankfully, just waited for the right opportunity and waited to take advantage of it in Turn 6.

“I thought he was going to run me back down. I started to make some mistakes. I started to take care of the brakes, turns out I didn’t need to. We were in good shape there. Wow, what a day.”

Race winner Tyler Reddick, Richard Childress Racing, 3CHI Chevrolet Camaro

Race winner Tyler Reddick, Richard Childress Racing, 3CHI Chevrolet Camaro

Photo by: John Harrelson / NKP / Motorsport Images

Kyle Larson ended up third, holding off Chastain and Suarez, as Chris Buescher continued his fine form on circuits this season with sixth place.

Daytona 500 winner Austin Cindric finished in seventh place after beating Michael McDowell, as AJ Allmendinger and Kevin Harvick completed the top 10.

Ryan Blaney lost the overall lead in the drivers’ standings to Elliott as he finished 11th, while it was a tough race for fellow title contenders Joey Logano in 27th and Kyle Busch in 29th – Busch penalised late on in the final stage for speeding in the pitlane.

NASCAR Road America - Race Results

Cla Driver Manufacturer Laps Time Gap Interval
1 United States Tyler Reddick Chevrolet 62 2:35'50.484    
2 United States Chase Elliott Chevrolet 62 2:35'53.788 3.304 3.304
3 United States Kyle Larson Chevrolet 62 2:36'11.622 21.138 17.834
4 United States Ross Chastain Chevrolet 62 2:36'16.125 25.641 4.503
5 Mexico Daniel Suarez Chevrolet 62 2:36'22.564 32.080 6.439
6 United States Chris Buescher Ford 62 2:36'22.966 32.482 0.402
7 United States Austin Cindric Ford 62 2:36'23.266 32.782 0.300
8 United States Michael McDowell Ford 62 2:36'32.832 42.348 9.566
9 United States A.J. Allmendinger Chevrolet 62 2:36'34.611 44.127 1.779
10 United States Kevin Harvick Ford 62 2:36'35.947 45.463 1.336
11 United States Ryan Blaney Ford 62 2:36'38.578 48.094 2.631
12 United States Alex Bowman Chevrolet 62 2:36'42.771 52.287 4.193
13 United States Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 62 2:36'44.145 53.661 1.374
14 United States Chase Briscoe Ford 62 2:36'44.489 54.005 0.344
15 United States Cole Custer Ford 62 2:36'45.131 54.647 0.642
16 United States William Byron Chevrolet 62 2:36'45.281 54.797 0.150
17 United States Denny Hamlin Toyota 62 2:36'45.810 55.326 0.529
18 United States Christopher Bell Toyota 62 2:36'50.900 1'00.416 5.090
19 United States Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Chevrolet 62 2:36'51.972 1'01.488 1.072
20 United States Ty Dillon Chevrolet 62 2:36'56.123 1'05.639 4.151
21 United States Joey Hand Ford 62 2:37'06.173 1'15.689 10.050
22 United States Harrison Burton Ford 62 2:37'11.499 1'21.015 5.326
23 United States Kurt Busch Toyota 62 2:37'14.881 1'24.397 3.382
24 United States Justin Haley Chevrolet 62 2:37'25.073 1'34.589 10.192
25 United States Todd Gilliland Ford 62 2:37'26.397 1'35.913 1.324
26 United States Erik Jones Chevrolet 62 2:37'36.691 1'46.207 10.294
27 United States Joey Logano Ford 62 2:37'55.249 2'04.765 18.558
28 United States Aric Almirola Ford 62 2:37'56.406 2'05.922 1.157
29 United States Kyle Busch Toyota 62 2:38'02.572 2'12.088 6.166
30 United Kingdom Kyle Tilley Ford 61 2:36'31.539 1 Lap 1 Lap
31 United States Austin Dillon Chevrolet 60 2:32'07.153 2 Laps 1 Lap
32 United States Cody Ware Ford 59 2:37'54.591 3 Laps 1 Lap
33 United States Brad Keselowski Ford 58 2:36'12.614 4 Laps 1 Lap
34 United States Corey Lajoie Chevrolet 57 2:37'42.018 5 Laps 1 Lap
35 United States Bubba Wallace Toyota 54 2:18'47.242 8 Laps 3 Laps
36 United States Josh Bilicki Chevrolet 52 2:36'05.693 10 Laps 2 Laps
37 Netherlands Loris Hezemans Ford 9 22'27.520 53 Laps 43 Laps

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