Tyler Reddick, driver of the #45 Jordan Brand Toyota, poses for photos with the Bank of America ROVAL 400 Pole Winner trophy during qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 07, 2023 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

NASCAR: Reddick wins pole for Charlotte Roval race

Tyler Reddick posted the fastest lap in the pole round for Sunday’s Bank of America ROVAL 400 NASCAR Cup race.

He enters the Round of 12 final two points beneath the eighth-place elimination line, trailing Brad Keselowski, the RFK Racing co-owner/driver who qualified 19th.

Tyler Reddick, driver of the #45 Jordan Brand Toyota, drives during practice for the NASCAR Cup Series Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 07, 2023 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)
Tyler Reddick, driver of the #45 Jordan Brand Toyota, drives during practice for the NASCAR Cup Series Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 07, 2023 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)

Coupled with a fourth-place qualifying effort by Reddick’s teammate Bubba Wallace (10th in points, nine points out), 23XI Racing executed quite the impressive Saturday.

“This is what we needed to do,” Reddick said. “We had hoped and put a lot of effort into this, as all the playoff teams do for this race. For the most part, this is as good of an outcome as possible for the No. 45 team today. Bubba had a solid day as well, even though he wanted to qualify better in the second round there. When you look at what both of us need to do tomorrow, we’re taking the right steps.”

Reddick has carried a notable confidence into the race weekend. A three-time winner on road courses in Cup competition, his results at these tracks back up any added certainty in his step. But he noted Saturday that inner belief is nothing new.

“It’s been there all year,” Reddick said. “I noticed it right at the beginning of the year coming over to Toyota. Obviously, they weren’t happy with their road-course results last year, and they’ve made some huge improvements this year, starting off with our victory at Circuit of The Americas (COTA) in the spring. For me, we got the speed. The team has been working great. Everyone’s efforts at TRD and our alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing has been huge.

“Everyone is doing a great job right now, and all the Toyota Camrys have the speed. It’s great to see. Now, we have to manage this race tomorrow. If I just stick to the simple approach, we’ll be in good shape.”

A win by any playoff driver on Sunday would lock that respective competitor into the Round of 8. With such an early advantage over Keselowski at the green flag, stage points and track position will become a critical piece of how the No. 45 team, led by crew chief Billy Scott, manages the 109-lap event.

“For me, no matter how the race plays out, I go out there and try to nail every corner and lap,” Reddick said. “And if I make a mistake, try to minimize the time loss. No matter if the strategy changes, my job doesn’t.”

Larson to start out back

Playoffs drivers Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell each had contact in separate incidents during Saturday’s NASCAR Cup Series practice at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s road course.

Larson had the more substantial damage to the right-front corner of his No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet after crunching the Turn 8 retaining wall with two minutes left in the Group A session. Larson drove his car to the garage for repairs, and he was not able to post a qualifying lap, placing him at the rear of the field for Sunday’s Bank of America Roval 400.

“I just got loose entering (Turn) 8 and over-corrected and got the right-front into the wall,” said Larson, who will take the green flag in 36th in a reserve No. 5 Chevy. “Just kinda gets bouncy over there and just stepped out on me.”

Bell’s contact was less severe, and he continued to practice after scrubbing the outside wall as he approached the backstretch chicane with his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.

Both Larson and Bell sit above the provisional elimination line heading into Sunday’s event, after which the title-eligible field will be trimmed from 12 drivers to eight. Bell is plus-22 above the line, and Larson holds a 15-point cushion. Larson’s starting spot will likely leave him out of the running for adding to his tally at the stage breaks.

“Well, I don’t think you can go for stage points from 40th,” said Larson. “So I mean the silver lining may be that you can shorten the stages and get your track position that way to be up front for the end of the race because when you go for stage points, you’re restarting like 26th or worse every time. So I think that’s what would be the plan, I guess, going forward.”

Starting Lineup

Pos No. Driver Team Time Speed
1 45 Tyler Reddick (P) Jordan Brand Toyota 81.214 102.839
2 20 Christopher Bell (P) DEWALT Plumbing Solutions Toyota 81.328 102.695
3 99 Daniel Suarez Aguas Frescas Chevrolet 81.401 102.603
4 23 Bubba Wallace (P) Leidos Toyota 81.428 102.569
5 8 Kyle Busch (P) Lenovo Chevrolet 81.488 102.494
6 16 AJ Allmendinger Celsius Chevrolet 81.600 102.353
7 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 81.72 102.203
8 9 Chase Elliott (P) NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 81.722 102.200
9 11 Denny Hamlin (P) Mavis Tires & Brakes Toyota 0 0
10 54 Ty Gibbs # Interstate Batteries All Battery Center Toyota 0 0
11 19 Martin Truex Jr. (P) Bass Pro Shops Toyota 81.178 102.885
12 1 Ross Chastain (P) Worldwide Express Chevrolet 81.221 102.831
13 34 Michael McDowell Love’s Travel Stops Ford 81.399 102.606
14 24 William Byron (P) HP Chevrolet 81.608 102.343
15 3 Austin Dillon Huk Performance Fishing Chevrolet 81.611 102.339
16 48 Alex Bowman Ally Chevrolet 81.632 102.313
17 12 Ryan Blaney (P) Discount Tire Ford 81.659 102.279
18 41 Ryan Preece Autodesk/HaasTooling.com Ford 81.702 102.225
19 6 Brad Keselowski (P) Castrol Edge Ford 81.707 102.219
20 17 Chris Buescher (P) Fifth Third Bank Ford 81.790 102.115
21 10 Aric Almirola IHOP Ford 81.800 102.103
22 4 Kevin Harvick Rheem – Chasing a Cure Ford 81.801 102.101
23 43 Erik Jones Allegiant Chevrolet 81.970 101.891
24 7 Corey LaJoie Gainbridge Chevrolet 82.003 101.850
25 31 Justin Haley LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet 82.024 101.824
26 42 Mike Rockenfeller Sunseeker Resorts Chevrolet 82.036 101.809
27 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Harris Teeter/Totino’s Chevrolet 82.048 101.794
28 78 Josh Bilicki(i) Zeigler Auto Group Chevrolet 82.086 101.747
29 2 Austin Cindric Menards/Cardell Cabinetry Ford 82.103 101.726
30 14 Chase Briscoe Ford Performance Racing School Ford 82.156 101.660
31 21 Harrison Burton Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford 82.184 101.626
32 51 Todd Gilliland Ruedebusch Development & Construction Ford 82.357 101.412
33 62 Austin Hill(i) United Rentals/Beard Oil Chevrolet 82.529 101.201
34 38 Zane Smith(i) Ambetter Health Ford 82.578 101.141
35 15 Andy Lally(i) Camping World Ford 82.859 100.798
36 5 Kyle Larson (P) Valvoline/HendrickCars.com Chevrolet 0 0
37 77 Ty Dillon Bon Secours Chevrolet 0 0
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