Indianapolis (AP) — Tyler Reddick has already this month secured his first Cup career win, qualified for NASCAR’s playoffs and signed a major contract with a new team.
Now he’s got a win at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Reddick closed out the best month of his career on Sunday with a win in overtime to clinch two wins in the last five Cup races on the road course at Indy.
He broke for his first career win at Road America in Wisconsin on July 3, then announced nine days later that he was leaving Richard Childress Racing in 2024 to drive for the 23XI, teamed by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan. was owned.
Win number 2 seemed easily within reach as Reddick was comfortably in front for 15 late laps when Christopher Bell’s car wreck brought out the fourth caution of the race with only six.
This set up a restart with three laps remaining and Reddick lined up with road course ace Chase Elliott, who got Reddick briefly for the lead, until he spun for another caution that took the race. sent overtime.
On the next restart, Reddick had to stop defending race winner AJ Allmender, who also won the Xfinity Series on Saturday. But Allmender was physically exhausted and struggling because his cooling equipment hadn’t worked the entire race, and he hardly challenged Reddick and collapsed when he climbed out of his car.
So it was Ross Chastain who made his way to the Redick Claw at the Yard of Bricks.
Chastain missed the first time entirely and used the access road to return to the racing course ahead of Reddick and the clear new leader. Reddick followed him for a full lap around the 2.439-mile course and eventually took the lead in time to lead the entire final lap.
Reddick’s win made him the first RCR driver since Kevin Harvick in 2013 to win multiple races in a season, and the first time since 2017 to score as many victories for RCR in a season.
Austin Sindrick, who drives for track owner Roger Penske, finished second at Ford and was followed by fellow rookie Harrison Burton, a career-best third for Wood Brothers Racing. 21 Ford Team run by Burton is an offshoot of Penske.
Todd Gilliland was fourth for the best finish of his career, and the rookie led his first career Cup laps when he was in front for four laps on the final leg.
Toyota had Bubba Wallace fifth in the 23XI, followed by Penske’s Joey Logano and finally Allmender, who dropped to seventh during the restart in overtime. Michael McDowell was in eighth place and was followed by Cole Custer of Stewart-Haas Racing and Chris Buscher of RFK Racing as Ford drivers took seven of the top-10 spots in a race won by Chevy.
Kyle Larson had a 30th birthday in Indianapolis with a long Sunday that ended with a horrific accident that saw the brakes on his Chevrolet fail.
The current NASCAR champion was already five laps down because of an early flat tire. His day ended early when Larson had no ability to slow down his car as he went into a turn and headed straight towards Ty Dillon’s car at full speed.
The hit destroyed Dillon’s car. Once Larson got out of his car, he ran over to Dylan to check on him.
“All I saw was a blue flash,” Dillon said. “It’s the hardest I’ve ever hit.”
Larson declined comment as he passed out of the infield care center.
NASCAR races Sunday at Michigan International Speedway, the final four-week opener to finalize the playoff field. Ryan Blaney is the defending race winner.
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