Tyler Reddick Wins First Career Cup Race at Road America

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ELKHART LAKE, WI - RIS - The first win finally happened.  Tyler Reddick held off road ace Chase Elliott to win at Road America on Sunday.  After the final pit stop with a hand full of laps remaining, Reddick was bumper-to-bumper with Elliott out of the pits.  It didn't take long before Reddick was challenging for the lead.

Elliott easily dominated from the pole, giving up the top spot only in the pit stop cycles. But after he and Reddick left the pits with 19 laps to go, Reddick was as close as he’d been.

When Elliott missed Turn 5 three laps later, Reddick pounced to the inside. They stayed side by side to Turn 6, another lefthander, when Reddick got clear. It took several laps for others to make their final scheduled pit stop, but Reddick took the lead from Harrison Burton on the 47th lap, just before Burton pitted.  Elliott stayed close to Reddick for 10 laps but then drifted back.

Kyle Larson finished third, 21 seconds back. Ross Chastain was fourth and Daniel Suarez fifth, both of them also among the first-time winners this season.

Elliott had dominated the race up until that last run but fell short as the laps started winding down.  Reddick had stayed close to Elliott, then pounced on a rare mistake and then drove to the finish to win the Kwik Trip 250 at Road America. A native Californian, cut his teeth in open-wheel short-track racing, finished 3.304 seconds ahead of Elliott, the 2020 Cup champion and the most successful road racer in modern NASCAR.

Reddick became the series’ fifth first-time winner this season and the 13th driver to win through 18 races. He also pushed to 16 the streak of races in NASCAR’s top two divisions without a repeat winner. Elliott had won at this track last year.

“We had to,” Reddick said of the pressure to win, with the hunt for Cup Series Playoff spots entering crunch time. “What better place than Road America? I love the fans. I love this race track.”

Reddick came from the Xfinity Series where he had driven for JR Motorsports and Richard Childress Racing.  His career statistics show two Xfinity championships and 10 wins. Reddick’s best finish in three Xfinity starts at Road America was third in 2019. He finished eighth last year in the return of NASCAR’s top division after 65 years.

 Elliott absolutely dominated from the pole, giving up the top spot only in the pit stop cycles. But after he and Reddick left the pits with 19 laps to go, Reddick was as close as he’d been. Elliott absolutely dominated from the pole, giving up the top spot only in the pit stop cycles. But after he and Reddick left the pits with 19 laps to go, Reddick was as close as he’d been.

When Elliott missed Turn 5 three laps later, Reddick pounced to the inside. They stayed side by side to Turn 6, another lefthander, when Reddick got clear. It took several laps for others to make their final scheduled pit stop, but Reddick took the lead from Harrison Burton on the 47th lap, just before Burton pitted.

Elliott shadowed stayed close to Reddick for 10 laps but then drifted back.

Kyle Larson finished third, 21 seconds back. Ross Chastain was fourth and Daniel Suarez fifth, both of them also among the first-time winners this season.

Chase Briscoe, who started second, won Stage 1, and Ryan Blaney took the Stage 2 victory — bringing him to five stage wins this season.

When Elliott missed Turn 5 three laps later, Reddick pounced to the inside. They stayed side by side to Turn 6, another lefthander, when Reddick got clear. It took several laps for others to make their final scheduled pit stop, but Reddick took the lead from Harrison Burton on the 47th lap, just before Burton pitted.

Kyle Larson finished third, 21 seconds back. Ross Chastain was fourth and Daniel Suarez fifth, both of them also among the first-time winners this season.

Unofficial Results: 2nd Annual Kwik Trip 250 Presented by JOCKEY Made in America - July 3, Road America

Fin, Str, Driver, Car, Laps, St1, St2, Tms Led, Laps Led, Playoff Pts, Pts, Status
1), 4, Tyler Reddick, No. 8 3CHI Chevrolet, 62, , 10, 1, 16, 5, 41, Running
2), 1, Chase Elliott, No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, 62, 10, 9, 3, 36, , 38, Running
3), 3, Kyle Larson, No. 5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, 62, , , , , , 34, Running
4), 12, Ross Chastain, No. 1 Advent Health Chevrolet, 62, , , , , , 33, Running
5), 17, Daniel Suarez, No. 99 Jockey Chevrolet, 62, , , , , , 32, Running
6), 7, Chris Buescher, No. 17 Fastenal Ford, 62, , , , , , 31, Running
7), 5, Austin Cindric #, No. 2 Discount Tire Ford, 62, 2, , , , , 39, Running
8), 6, Michael McDowell, No. 34 Love's Travel Stops Ford, 62, , , , , , 29, Running
9), 21, AJ Allmendinger(i), No. 16 Gold Fish Casino Slots Chevrolet, 62, , , , , , 0, Running
10), 28, Kevin Harvick, No. 4 Busch Light Apple Ford, 62, , , , , , 27, Running
11), 19, Ryan Blaney, No. 12 Menards/Dutch Boy Ford, 62, , 1, 2, 4, 1, 36, Running
12), 8, Alex Bowman, No. 48 Ally Chevrolet, 62, 3, , , , , 33, Running
13), 15, Martin Truex Jr., No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Red White Blue Toyota, 62, , , , , , 24, Running
14), 2, Chase Briscoe, No. 14 HighPoint.com Ford, 62, 1, , 1, 4, 1, 33, Running
15), 10, Cole Custer, No. 41 HaasTooling.com Ford, 62, , , , , , 22, Running
16), 29, William Byron, No. 24 RaptorTough.com Chevrolet, 62, , , , , , 21, Running
17), 14, Denny Hamlin, No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota, 62, , , 1, 1, , 20, Running
18), 16, Christopher Bell, No. 20 Yahoo! Toyota, 62, , , , , , 19, Running
19), 33, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 47 Pick'n Save/Velveeta Chevrolet, 62, , , , , , 18, Running
20), 30, Ty Dillon, No. 42 Allegiant Chevrolet, 62, , 3, , , , 25, Running
21), 9, Joey Hand, No. 15 FordPro.com Ford, 62, , 2, , , , 25, Running
22), 23, Harrison Burton #, No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford, 62, 6, 7, 1, 1, , 24, Running
23), 22, Kurt Busch, No. 45 Monster Energy Toyota, 62, 5, 4, , , , 27, Running
24), 34, Justin Haley, No. 31 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet, 62, 9, 6, , , , 20, Running
25), 32, Todd Gilliland #, No. 38 Ruedebusch Dev & Construction Ford, 62, , , , , , 12, Running
26), 27, Erik Jones, No. 43 U.S. Air Force Chevrolet, 62, 8, 5, , , , 20, Running
27), 18, Joey Logano, No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, 62, 4, , , , , 17, Running
28), 24, Aric Almirola, No. 10 Haas Automation Ford, 62, , , , , , 9, Running
29), 13, Kyle Busch, No. 18 Skittles America Mix Toyota, 62, , , , , , 8, Running
30), 37, Kyle Tilley, No. 78 Patriot Military Family FDN Ford, 61, , , , , , 7, Running
31), 20, Austin Dillon, No. 3 Dow Salutes Veterans Chevrolet, 60, , , , , , 6, Brakes
32), 31, Cody Ware, No. 51 Nurtec ODT Military Salutes Ford, 59, , , , , , 5, Running
33), 11, Brad Keselowski, No. 6 Kohler Generators Ford, 58, , , , , , 4, Running
34), 35, Corey LaJoie, No. 7 Built.com Chevrolet, 57, , , , , , 3, Running
35), 25, Bubba Wallace, No. 23 Columbia Sportswear Company Toyota, 54, 7, 8, , , , 9, Brakes
36), 26, Josh Bilicki(i), No. 77 Zeigler Auto Group Chevrolet, 52, , , , , , 0, Running
37), 36, * Loris Hezemans(i), No. 27 Hezeberg Engineering Systems Ford, 9, , , , , , 0, Fuel Pump
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series, (#) Rookie

Race Length: 62 Laps, 250.976 Miles
Time of Race: 2 Hrs, 35 Mins, 51 Secs.
Average Speed: 96.622 MPH
Margin of Victory: 3.304 Seconds

Stage 1 Top 10: 14, 2, 48, 22, 45, 21, 23, 43, 31, 9
Stage 2 Top 10: 12, 15, 42, 45, 43, 31, 21, 23, 9, 8

Comments: Tyler Reddick won the Kwik Trip 250 presented by JOCKEY Made in America at Road America, his first career NASCAR Cup Series victory.

Prior to the start, the following cars dropped to the rear of the field for the reasons indicated: No. 18 (engine change) and 27 (unapproved adjustments).

Cautions: 2 for 2 laps;
Laps: 17-17 (Stage 1 Conclusion [7]);
32-32 (Stage 2 Conclusion [51]).

Lead Changes: 8 among 6 drivers;
C. Elliott 1-12;
C. Briscoe 13-16;
C. Elliott 17-28;
R. Blaney 29-31;
C. Elliott 32-43;
R. Blaney 44;
D. Hamlin 45;
H. Burton # 46;
T. Reddick 47-62.

Unofficial Driver Points: 2nd Annual Kwik Trip 250 Presented by JOCKEY Made in America, Road America
Rank) Driver, Car, Starts, GL, Points, Ldr, Nxt, Race Wins, Stage Wins, Playoff Pts
1) Chase Elliott, 9, 18, 0, 624, 0, 0, 2, 3, 13
2) Ryan Blaney, 12, 18, 1, 591, -33, 33, 0, 5, 5
3) Ross Chastain, 1, 18, -1, 589, -35, 2, 2, 3, 13
4) Kyle Larson, 5, 18, 2, 553, -71, 36, 1, 2, 7
5) Joey Logano, 22, 18, 0, 551, -73, 2, 2, 2, 12
6) Kyle Busch, 18, 18, -2, 547, -77, 4, 1, 1, 6
7) Martin Truex Jr) 19, 18, 0, 540, -84, 7, 0, 5, 5
8) Christopher Bell, 20, 18, 0, 499, -125, 41, 0, 0, 0
9) Alex Bowman, 48, 18, 1, 494, -130, 5, 1, 1, 6
10) William Byron, 24, 18, -1, 489, -135, 5, 2, 3, 13
11) Kevin Harvick, 4, 18, 0, 479, -145, 10, 0, 0, 0
12) Aric Almirola, 10, 18, 0, 452, -172, 27, 0, 0, 0
13) Tyler Reddick, 8, 18, 0, 441, -183, 11, 1, 2, 7
14) Austin Cindric #, 2, 18, 3, 431, -193, 10, 1, 1, 6
15) Kurt Busch, 45, 18, 0, 424, -200, 7, 1, 2, 7
16) Chase Briscoe, 14, 18, 2, 422, -202, 2, 1, 2, 7
17) Daniel Suarez, 99, 18, 2, 420, -204, 2, 1, 2, 7
18) Erik Jones, 43, 18, -2, 414, -210, 6, 0, 0, 0
19) Austin Dillon, 3, 18, -5, 405, -219, 9, 0, 0, 0
20) Denny Hamlin, 11, 18, 0, 394, -230, 11, 2, 2, 12
21) Michael McDowell, 34, 18, 0, 384, -240, 10, 0, 0, 0
22) Chris Buescher, 17, 17, 0, 356, -268, 28, 0, 0, 0
23) Justin Haley, 31, 18, 0, 344, -280, 12, 0, 0, 0
24) Ricky Stenhouse Jr) 47, 18, 1, 327, -297, 17, 0, 0, 0
25) Bubba Wallace, 23, 18, -1, 322, -302, 5, 0, 1, 1
26) Ty Dillon, 42, 18, 0, 301, -323, 21, 0, 0, 0
27) Cole Custer, 41, 18, 0, 295, -329, 6, 0, 0, 0
28) Harrison Burton #, 21, 18, 0, 277, -347, 18, 0, 0, 0
29) Todd Gilliland #, 38, 18, 0, 264, -360, 13, 0, 0, 0
30) Brad Keselowski, 6, 18, 0, 239, -385, 25, 0, 0, -10
31) Corey LaJoie, 7, 18, 0, 205, -419, 34, 0, 0, 0
32) Cody Ware, 51, 18, 0, 134, -490, 71, 0, 0, 0
33) David Ragan, , 3, 0, 61, -563, 73, 0, 0, 0
34) Joey Hand, 15, 3, 1, 44, -580, 17, 0, 0, 0
35) Greg Biffle, , 5, -1, 24, -600, 20, 0, 0, 0
36) Jacques Villeneuve, , 1, 0, 15, -609, 9, 0, 0, 0
37) Boris Said, , 1, 0, 11, -613, 4, 0, 0, 0
38) Kyle Tilley, 78, 1, 19, 7, -617, 4, 0, 0, 0
39) AJ Allmendinger(i), 16, 9, 0, 0, -624, 7, 0, 0, 0
40) Daniel Hemric(i), , 5, -2, 0, -624, 0, 0, 0, 0
41) Landon Cassill(i), , 5, -1, 0, -624, 0, 0, 0, 0
42) Josh Bilicki(i), 77, 12, -1, 0, -624, 0, 0, 0, 0
43) Zane Smith(i), , 1, -1, 0, -624, 0, 0, 0, 0
44) Noah Gragson(i), , 6, -1, 0, -624, 0, 0, 0, 0
45) Bj Mcleod(i), , 14, -1, 0, -624, 0, 0, 0, 0
46) Garrett Smithley(i), , 3, -1, 0, -624, 0, 0, 0, 0
47) Kaz Grala(i), , 3, -1, 0, -624, 0, 0, 0, 0
48) Jj Yeley(i), , 7, -1, 0, -624, 0, 0, 0, 0
49) Ryan Preece(i), , 2, -1, 0, -624, 0, 0, 0, 0
50) Josh Williams(i), , 1, -1, 0, -624, 0, 0, 0, 0
51) Parker Kligerman(i), , 1, -1, 0, -624, 0, 0, 0, 0
52) Scott Heckert(i), , 1, -1, 0, -624, 0, 0, 0, 0
53) * Loris Hezemans(i), 27, 2, -1, 0, -624, 0, 0, 0, 0
54) Justin Allgaier(i), , 1, -1, 0, -624, 0, 0, 0, 0
55) Andy Lally(i), , 1, -1, 0, -624, 0, 0, 0, 0
56) Timmy Hill(i), , 0, -1, 0, -624, 0, 0, 0, 0
(-Ldr/-Nxt) Points behind Leader/Next higher, (i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

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