Tyler Reddick Wins the 2019 Xfinity Championship and the Ford 300 at Homestead

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HOMESTEAD, FL – RIS – Tyler Reddick outran Cole Custer to win the NASCAR Xfinity driver’s championship-his second straight victory in the playoffs-and rolled to his second-straight Xfinity championship in a JR Motorsports Chevrolet.

Reddick started the year with a photo finish victory over Elliott Sadler at Daytona in February. He ended the season with victory number two and with it the series championship. Reddick was also named the 2018 Rookie of the Year.

“I knew this team could make it to Miami,” Reddick said. “It’s just a matter of executing and we had plenty of opportunities to win races earlier this year and I just didn’t execute. I chose a really good time to get my life together.”

Reddick was an impressive 6.902-second ahead of second place Cole Custer. He passed Christopher Bell for the top spot with 36 laps to go in the race. Reddick led 44 laps in total on his way to the win.

Custer won the first two stages, led a race-high 95 laps and looked like he’d repeat his dominating win of a year ago. But a decision to pit later than the rest of the leaders came back to bite the Stewart-Haas Racing driver and he could not complete the comeback being forced to settle for second.

“I don’t know if that was right thing to do, but if I could’ve run the top better, we could’ve won also,” Custer said of the pit strategy. “We got so far behind and by the time I caught him our tires equaled out and he ran the top and pulled away.

“We still have something to hang our hats on, we won the owner’s championship. Just wanted that driver’s championship, too”

Bell cut a tire late and had to pit before going on to finish 11th.

“We got out front, but the bottom line is we just weren’t good enough,” Bell said. “If I’m honest, we weren’t good enough.

John Hunter Nemechek, Daniel Hemric and Austin Cindric rounded out the top five. Ryan Preece, Justin Allgaier, Brandon Jones, Michael Annett and Matt Tifft completed the first 10 finishers.

Both Reddick and Custer move on to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Reddick with Richard Childress Racing and Custer with Stewart Haas Racing.

Unofficial Results: 25th Annual Ford EcoBoost 300, November 16, 2019, Homestead-Miami Speedway

Fin, Str, Driver, Car, Laps, St1, St2, Tms Led, Laps Led, Pts, Status
1) 1, Tyler Reddick (P), No. 2 Tame the Beast Chevrolet, 200, 4, 4, 5, 84, 40, Running
2) 2, Cole Custer (P), No. 00 Haas Automation Ford, 200, 2, , 1, 15, 35, Running
3) 5, Chase Briscoe #, No. 98 Ford Performance Ford, 200, 1, 5, 1, 14, 50, Running
4) 10, Noah Gragson #, No. 9 PUBG MOBILE Chevrolet, 200, , 6, 2, 10, 38, Running
5) 7, Christopher Bell (P), No. 20 Rheem/Watts Toyota, 200, , 2, 5, 37, 32, Running
6) 6, John Hunter Nemechek #, No. 23 Fire Alarm Services Inc. Chevrolet, 200, 5, 7, , , 41, Running
7) 3, Austin Cindric, No. 22 MoneyLion Ford, 200, 9, 1, 2, 40, 42, Running
8) 4, Brandon Jones, No. 19 Juniper Toyota, 200, 6, , , , 34, Running
9) 18, Jeb Burton, No. 8 State Water Heaters Chevrolet, 199, 7, , , , 32, Running
10) 9, Harrison Burton(i), No. 18 iK9 Toyota, 199, , 9, , , 0, Running
11) 20, Michael Annett, No. 1 Pilot/Flying J Chevrolet, 199, , 8, , , 29, Running
12) 14, Ryan Sieg, No. 39 CMR Roofing Chevrolet, 199, , , , , 25, Running
13) 23, Brandon Brown #, No. 68 Vero Chevrolet, 199, , , , , 24, Running
14) 16, Justin Allgaier (P), No. 7 BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet, 199, , 3, , , 23, Running
15) 13, Landon Cassill, No. 89 Visone RV Chevrolet, 199, , , , , 22, Running
16) 11, Jeremy Clements, No. 51 Fly and Form Structures Chevrolet, 198, 8, , , , 24, Running
17) 26, Gray Gaulding, No. 08 PANINI Chevrolet, 198, , , , , 20, Running
18) 17, Alex Labbe, No. 90 Globocam/rousseau/Silver Wax Chevrolet, 198, , , , , 19, Running
19) 22, Josh Williams, No. 36 Starbrite Star Tron/Simcraft Chevrolet, 198, 10, , , , 19, Running
20) 12, BJ McLeod, No. 4 KSDT & Company CPA Chevrolet, 198, , , , , 17, Running
21) 15, Colin Garrett, No. 26 Kraken Skulls Beard Oil Toyota, 198, , , , , 16, Running
22) 32, Will Rodgers, No. 86 Kelly Benefit Stratigies Chevrolet, 197, , , , , 15, Running
23) 25, David Starr, No. 52 Chevrolet, 196, , , , , 14, Running
24) 21, Stephen Leicht, No. 01 KSDT/Univista Insurance Chevrolet, 195, , , , , 13, Running
25) 36, Ja Junior Avila, No. 99 ART General Contractor Chevrolet, 195, , , , , 12, Running
26) 37, Vinnie Miller, No. 5 Pit Viper Sunglasses Chevrolet, 193, , , , , 11, Running
27) 35, Joey Gase, No. 35 MBM Motorsports Toyota, 193, , , , , 10, Running
28) 33, Robby Lyons II(i), No. 17 RWR Chevrolet, 192, , , , , 0, Running
29) 38, Joe Nemechek(i), No. 74 Chevrolet, 192, , , , , 0, Running
30) 28, Matt Mills, No. 78 JF Electric Chevrolet, 141, , , , , 7, Clutch
31) 27, CJ McLaughlin, No. 93 Sci Aps Chevrolet, 131, , , , , 6, Vibration
32) 31, Garrett Smithley, No. 0 KSDT/Florida Int'l University Chevrolet, 112, , , , , 5, Oil Line
33) 8, Justin Haley #, No. 11 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet, 95, 3, 10, , , 13, DVP
34) 24, Timmy Hill, No. 13 CrashClaimsR.US Toyota, 57, , , , , 3, Brakes
35) 29, Chad Finchum, No. 61 Amana/SmithBilt Homes Toyota, 53, , , , , 2, Engine
36) 19, JJ Yeley, No. 38 RSS Racing Chevrolet, 20, , , , , 1, Suspension
37) 34, Tyler Matthews, No. 15 Line Tec Services Chevrolet, 14, , , , , 1, Accident
38) 30, Ray Black II, No. 07 ISOKERN Fireplaces & Chimneys/Scub Life , 4, , , , , 1, Engine
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series, (#) Rookie (P) Playoffs qualified

Time of Race: 2 Hrs, 31 Mins, 49 Secs
Race Length: 200 Laps - 300. Miles

Average Speed: 118.564 MPH
Margin of Victory: 1.038 Seconds

Stage 1 Top 10: 98, 00, 11, 2, 23, 19, 8, 51, 22, 36

Stage 2 Top 10: 22, 20, 7, 2, 98, 9, 23, 1, 18, 11

Race Comments: Tyler Reddick won the 25th annual Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. His ninth victory in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

Prior to the start: the following vehicle(s) dropped to the rear of the field under penalty: No. 74 (unapproved adjustments). 

Failed to Qualify: 66 Bobby Earnhardt.

Caution Flags: 7 for 35 laps;
Laps: 6-11 (No. 07 Incident Frontstretch [61]);
16-22 (No. 15 Incident Turn 4 [None]);
34-37 (Debris Turn 3 [None]);
47-51 (Stage 1 Conclusion [74]);
91-96 (Debris Turn 1 / Stage 2 Conclusion [4]);
98-100 (Debris Turn 4 [51]);
124-127 (No. 98 Incident Turn 1 [26]).

Lead Changes: 15 among 6 drivers;
T. Reddick (P) 1-33;
C. Bell (P) 34-37;
N. Gragson No. 38-39;
C. Briscoe No. 40-53;
A. Cindric 54-92;
C. Bell (P) 93-96;
N. Gragson No. 97-104;
T. Reddick (P) 105-124;
C. Bell (P) 125-128;
T. Reddick (P) 129;
C. Bell (P) 130-152;
T. Reddick (P) 153-163;
A. Cindric 164;
C. Bell (P) 165-166;
C. Custer (P) 167-181;
T. Reddick (P) 182-200.

Mobil 1 Driver of the Race: Cole Custer, No. 00

     

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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