Tyler Reddick Gets First Career Win in the Xfinity Playoffs at Kentucky

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SPARTA, KY – RIS – Tyler Reddick won the first playoff race of the NASCAR Xfinity Series’ march toward the championship by running away in the closing laps at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday night.  It was Reddick’s first career Xfinity win.  Reddick is a rookie this year and driving part-time in the series in the No. 42 Chevrolet that Kyle Larson often drives.

“I don’t know if it was necessarily me making a statement, it’s just Chip Ganassi Racing making a statement,” Reddick said after the race. “(Crew chief) Mike Shiplett has brought me from ground zero all the way to here. All the guys at Ganassi have gone above and beyond in helping me become a better driver. To be here today is surreal.”

Reddick became the fourth Xfinity driver to win for the first time this season.  In fact, Reddick had not led a lap in 2017.  Tonight, he led a total of 66 laps.

Cole Custer in the No. 00 Ford looked to be the driver to beat.  He won the first two stages, but fell off in the third.  Custer made a drive to the front late in the race, but fell short and finished in fifth place on the evening.

Justin Allgaier bounced back from losing a tire and going two laps down to finish third. He leaves Kentucky tied with Cole Custer at the top of the playoff standings. Brennan Poole’s runner-up finish is a career-best result in 77 starts. Ryan Preece has finished in the top four in all three of his starts for Joe Gibbs Racing. Ryan Reed finished 10th, ending an eight-race streak without a top 10.

Team Penske was represented by Indy Champion Sam Hornish, Jr. in the No. 22 Ford.  Hornish finished 31st, nine laps down after contact with Brandon Jones on Lap 53 caused him to hit the wall at the exit of Turn 2, forcing him to pit for repairs.  William Byron finished 18th, two laps down after he was forced to pit on Lap 101 for a loose wheel.

Reddick’s win was the seventh different winner the Xfinity Series has had in the last seven races. 

Next for the series is the Drive Sober 200 at Dover International next Saturday.

Unofficial Race Results for the 6th Annual Visitmyrtlebeach.Com 300 -  September 23, 2017 - Kentucky Speedway

Fin, Str, Driver, Car, Laps, St1, St2, Pts, Tms, Laps, Playoff Pts, Status
1) 5, Tyler Reddick, No. 42 BBR/Jason Aldean Chevrolet, 200, 2, 2, 58, 2, 66, 5, Running
2) 8, Brennan Poole (P), No. 48 DC Solar Chevrolet, 200, 5, , 41, , , , Running
3) 4, Justin Allgaier (P), No. 7 BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet, 200, , , 34, , , , Running
4) 2, Ryan Preece, No. 20 Hurricane Relief Toyota, 200, 4, 4, 47, 1, 22, , Running
5) 3, Cole Custer # (P), No. 00 Haas Automation Ford, 200, 1, 1, 52, 2, 49, 2, Running
6) 6, Elliott Sadler (P), No. 1 OneMain Financial Chevrolet, 200, 8, 10, 35, 1, 11, , Running
7) 7, Daniel Hemric # (P), No. 21 Blue Gate Bank Chevrolet, 200, 6, 3, 43, , , , Running
8) 10, Brian Scott, No. 3 Daniel Defense Chevrolet, 200, 9, 6, 36, , , , Running
9) 9, Matt Tifft # (P), No. 19 VstMyrtleBch.com/RnJnShp/SrfceSnscrn Toyota, 200, 7, , 32, , , , Running
10) 13, Ryan Reed (P), No. 16 Lilly Diabetes Ford, 199, , 9, 29, , , , Running
11) 11, Ben Kennedy #, No. 2 Rheem Chevrolet, 199, , 8, 29, , , , Running
12) 1, Kyle Benjamin, No. 18 Hurricane Relief Toyota, 199, 3, 7, 37, 3, 52, , Running
13) 14, Brandon Jones, No. 33 Tide/Menards Chevrolet, 199, , , 24, , , , Running
14) 16, Brendan Gaughan (P), No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet, 199, , , 23, , , , Running
15) 19, Spencer Gallagher Jr. #, No. 23 Allegiant Airlines Chevrolet, 199, , , 22, , , , Running
16) 18, Michael Annett (P), No. 5 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet, 199, , , 21, , , , Running
17) 17, Blake Koch (P), No. 11 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet, 198, , , 20, , , , Running
18) 12, William Byron # (P), No. 9 Liberty University Chevrolet, 198, 10, 5, 26, , , , Running
19) 22, JJ Yeley, No. 14 TriStar Motorsports Toyota, 198, , , 18, , , , Running
20) 20, Ryan Sieg, No. 39 RSS Racing Chevrolet, 198, , , 17, , , , Running
21) 21, Ross Chastain, No. 4 teamjdmotorsports.com Chevrolet, 198, , , 16, , , , Running
22) 25, Jeremy Clements (P), No. 51 All South Electric/RepairableVehicles.com Chevrolet, 198, , , 15, , , , Running
23) 24, Dakoda Armstrong, No. 28 WinField United Toyota, 196, , , 14, , , , Running
24) 27, Harrison Rhodes, No. 01 Ken Houston Electric Chevrolet, 196, , , 13, , , , Running
25) 26, Garrett Smithley, No. 0 teamjdmotorsports.com Chevrolet, 196, , , 12, , , , Running
26) 32, Josh Williams, No. 90 Hurricane Irma Relief Chevrolet, 196, , , 11, , , , Running
27) 29, Quin Houff, No. 46 BEATINGCANCERWITHDUKE.ORG Chevrolet, 196, , , 10, , , , Running
28) 23, BJ McLeod, No. 8 CorvetteParts.net Chevrolet, 194, , , 9, , , , Running
29) 28, David Starr, No. 99 Chevrolet, 194, , , 8, , , , Running
30) 34, Joey Gase, No. 52 Donate Life/Pro Master Chevrolet, 193, , , 7, , , , Running
31) 15, Sam Hornish Jr., No. 22 Discount Tire Ford, 191, , , 6, , , , Running
32) 35, Angela Ruch, No. 78 Give A Child A Voice Chevrolet, 190, , , 5, , , , Running
33) 31, Korbin Forrister(i), No. 07 Spectrum Autism Support Chevrolet, 188, , , 0, , , , Running
34) 40, Mike Harmon, No. 74 Mike Harmon Racing Dodge, 65, , , 3, , , , Fuel Pump
35) 39, John Jackson, No. 40 O.C.R. Gaz Bar Chevrolet, 59, , , 2, , , , Engine
36) 33, Timmy Hill, No. 13 O.C.R. Gaz Bar Dodge, 55, , , 1, , , , Overheating
37) 36, Morgan Shepherd, No. 89 Visone RV Chevrolet, 27, , , 1, , , , Handling
38) 38, Dexter Bean, No. 92 BuckedUp Apparel/CrashClaimsR.us Chevrolet, 27, , , 1, , , , Vibration
39) 37, Carl Long, No. 72 CrashClaimsR.Us Toyota, 24, , , 1, , , , Engine
40) 30, Jeff Green, No. 93 RSS Racing Chevrolet, 16, , , 1, , , , Vibration
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series, (#) Rookie

Time of Race: 1 Hrs, 58 Mins, 38 Secs.
Average Speed: 151.728 MPH
Margin of Victory: 14.540 Seconds
Race Comments: Tyler Reddick won the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at Kentucky Speedway, his first victory in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Prior to the start of the race, the following cars dropped to the rear of the field for the reasons indicated: No. 93 (tire change) and No. 7 (unapproved adjustments).
Failed to Qualify: N/A
Caution Flags: 3 for 14 laps: Laps: 47-51 (Stage 1 Conclusion [4]); 75-78 (No. 78 Spin in Turn 4 [7]); 92-96 (Stage 2 Conclusion [51]).
Lead Changes: 8 among 5 drivers: K. Benjamin 1-40; C. Custer # (P) 41-48; K. Benjamin 49-51; C. Custer # (P) 52-92; E. Sadler (P) 93-103; R. Preece 104-125; T. Reddick 126-151; K. Benjamin 152-160; T. Reddick 161-200.
Coors Light Pole Award:  Kyle Benjamin, No. 18 182.229 mph
Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race:  Hendrick Engines, No. 42 
Mobil 1 Driver of the Race:  Ryan Preece, No. 20 
Sunoco Rookie of the Race:  Ben Kennedy, No. 2

Ron Fleshman with John Davison

RIS NASCAR Editor.  Has been with RIS since the middle 90's. Writes on each of the three main series of NASCAR.

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