INDIANAPOLIS – Tyler Reddick qualified for the NASCAR playoffs and signed a big contract with a new team after capturing his first Cup race victory in July.
He now has a win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Redick capped a career-best month with Sunday’s overtime win to make it two wins in his last five bowl games.
“I’m not going to lie about that. “I watched a lot of racing at this place growing up,” Reddick said. “A lot of amazing drivers have won at this race and it’s great to be part of the drivers that have won here and I’m really happy about that.”
Reddick won his first race at Wisconsin Road America on July 3, then announced nine days later that he was leaving Richard Childs Racing in 2024 for 23XI, the team owned by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan.
Winner No. 2 looked within reach as Reddick comfortably moved to the front for 15 late with just six laps to go when he brought out the fourth caution of the race after the wreck of Christopher Bell’s car.
With three laps to go on the restart, Reddick was lined up with road course ace Chase Elliott, who briefly passed Reddick for the lead before spinning out for another caution that sent the race into overtime.
Reddick had to fend off eventual winner AJ Allmendinger on the next restart, who won the Xfinity Series on Saturday. But Allmendinger was physically exhausted and struggling because his conditioning didn’t work the entire run, and he never challenged Reddick.
When Allmendinger got out of the car after the race and ran to lean against the inside wall, his wife and other team members took wet towels and doused him with cold water.
He was shirtless and covered in a towel when he went to Indy Medical Center for about 30 minutes of treatment.
“I feel good,” he said later. “It was really hot from the start of the race, but the problem was that I was still wearing the cooling shirt, so it got even hotter in the car. I was doing OK, but with 20 to go I ran out of water and the helmet started to feel hot.
A very cool and healthy-looking Almendinger emerged in street clothes and headed for his golf cart.
That’s why Ross Chastain nailed Reddick to the brickyard.
Chastain missed the first turn completely and used the approach lane to retake the lead from Reddick to get back on the race course. Reddick chased him a full lap around the 2.439-mile course and eventually retook the lead in time to lead the final lap.
“I couldn’t believe it was ahead of me,” Reddick said. “I was waiting to see if he would get a penalty because I didn’t want to throw him off the road and make his run worse than it already was. But hey, we made it work. Hats off to Ross for trying to do that, but I’m really happy because I’m beautiful [angry]He said.
NASCAR penalized Chastain after the race for using the access road, dropping him to 27th.
“I thought we were four wide and we couldn’t go right and I decided to take the NASCAR access line there,” Chastain said.
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It’s RCR’s fourth win at Indianapolis as they join Reddick Harvick, Dale Earnhardt and Paul Menard for Richard Childers’ Indy win. The last three wins were at the Brickyard’s oval.
But Childers appeared to be angered by Redick’s first decision to leave in 18 months at the end of the 2013 season.
“Well, Kevin and I negotiated the whole deal and made a joint announcement. “He won four races that year, and we almost won the championship.” Childress says. “It didn’t happen that way.”
But the owner said he was still celebrating with Reddick and his sponsors, and later shared a kiss with Reddick for a casual brick-yard kiss.
“I thank him. I congratulate the entire team,” Childress said. “The whole team did a great job. Congratulations to our sponsors.
Austin Cindrich, driving for track owner Roger Penske, finished second in the Ford, followed by fellow rookie Harrison Burton, who was a career-best third for Wood Brothers Racing. The No. 21 Ford driven by Burton is a subsidiary of Team Penske.
Todd Gilliland had a career-best finish of fourth, and the rookie lead for his first career title when he led for four laps in the final stage.
Bubba Wallace in the Toyota for 23XI was fifth, followed by Penske’s Joey Logano and finally Allmendinger, who dropped to seventh on an overtime restart. Michael McDowell was eighth, while Cole Custer of Stewart-Haas Racing and RFK Racing’s Chris Bucher in the Chevy followed as Ford drivers took seven of the top-10 spots.
The Chevrolet manufacturer has won 10 consecutive championships on road courses since its 2021 milestone 800th victory at the Circuit of the Americas.
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Kyle Larson had a 30th birthday with a long Sunday in Indianapolis that ended in a horrific crash on his Chevrolet that apparently failed brakes.
The NASCAR champion dropped five laps earlier due to a flat tire. The day ended early when Larson sailed into the side of Ty Dillon’s car at high speed, seemingly unable to slow the car down.
The collision destroyed Dillon’s car. Once Larson got out of his own car, he ran over to Dillon to check on him.
“All I saw was a blue flash,” Dillon said. “This is the hardest thing that has ever hit me.”
Larson declined to comment as he left the Enfield Care Center.
NASCAR will race at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday, opening the final four-week stretch to finalize the race field. Ryan Blaney is the winner of the competition.