Tyler Reddick rallies from worst to first to win at Bristol

Tyler Reddick takes the checkered flag to win the Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway
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Tyler Reddick's No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet had the word "BEAST" in big block letters on its hood Friday night.

The car was aptly named.

Even though Reddick had to come from the rear of the field twice in his Tame the Beast Camaro—once the result of a stiff penalty and once after a spin—he still needed a bit of luck to win the Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

A bit of luck—and large measure of heartache for snake-bitten Justin Allgaier

On older tires than Reddick had, Allgaier shot forward after a restart on Lap 287 of 300 and had a comfortable advantage until a flat tire sent him into the outside wall on Lap 289 and handed the top spot to Reddick, who had battled Brandon Jones and eventual runner-up Chase Briscoe for the second position behind Allgaier.

"I don't know (how we did this)," said the reigning NASCAR Xfinity Series champion, who picked up his fourth victory of the season, his first at Bristol and the seventh of his career. "I thought we made the wrong adjustment on the last (pit) stop, but we had a really fast Chevrolet. We had fresher tires than Justin Allgaier there. We came down pit road and we were just too tight and I thought we were done for.

"I don't know what happened. Everything just happened at the right spot. I fell back to fourth, and Jones hit the fence and then (Allgaier) had some sort of issue. As you can see, I'm speechless. I couldn't believe what was happening."

Minutes after limping home in eight place, two laps down, a crestfallen Allgaier was still struggling to process what had just happened.

"I'll be honest with you, this is the story of the year," said Allgaier, who led 131 laps, second only to the 137 of Kyle Busch, who fell out because of engine failure after winning the second stage. "We had a great car tonight. I don't know if we could have beaten the 18 (Busch) apples to apples, but when he fell out, I thought—especially at the end—we had the best car.

"I don't know what else to do, man. It's just so frustrating. These guys deserve a win. It's just a tire went down, and there's nothing you can do about it."

John Hunter Nemechek ran third, followed by Jeremy Clements, pole winner Austin Cindric and Gray Gaulding, the last driver on the lead lap.

Reddick's adventurous evening started with the first 85-lap stage. After his No. 2 Chevrolet failed pre-qualifying inspection four times, Reddick was not allowed to post a lap in time trials, started from the rear of the field and immediately served a pass-through penalty that put him a lap down.

But Reddick earned a free pass as the highest-scored lapped car when NASCAR called the first caution on Lap 7 for Mason Diaz's crash on the backstretch. Back on the lead lap, Reddick hustled his car through the field, and on Lap 81 he was fighting Allgaier for the lead.

But Reddick spun in Turn 4 underneath Allgaier's Chevrolet, knocking the right rear of Allgaier's car into the outside wall. Brandon Jones sped past and scored the stage victory under caution.

Stage 2 was even more bizarre. Reddick worked his way back to second, passing Allgaier for the position with eight laps left in the stage. Kyle Busch was first to the green/checkered flag on Lap 170, but his engine had begun to fail with five laps left and gave up the ghost as he crossed the start/finish line.

That came long after championship contenders Christopher Bell and Cole Custer and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regulars Erik Jones and Joey Logano all sustained serious damage to their cars in a multicar pileup on Lap 37.

Custer went three-wide on the top to pass the lapped car of Matt Mills, who moved up the track, pinching Custer's No. 00 Ford into the outside wall. Custer's car bounced off the wall and slammed into Bell's Toyota, sending both cars sliding sideways. With no clear lane, Jones plowed into Custer's car, and Logano's Ford slid into Jones' Toyota.

Both Logano and Jones retired from the race. Bell and Custer lost three laps and four laps, respectively, while their teams hustled to repair their cars.

"Typical Bristol crash," Logano said. "You see them wrecking in front of you, and you're on the brakes as hard as you can, and they just keep piling in, and you can't stop quick enough. Some of that comes from a poor qualifying effort and from that you get caught up in things.

"I thought we were OK. Even saying that, we were still up to seventh or eighth. We weren't that far back from starting 19th. We were picking our way through there, but it just happens."


Finish Start # Driver Sponsor/Make Laps Led Points Status
1 38 2 Tyler Reddick Tame the BEAST Chevrolet 300 19 49 Running
2 6 98 Chase Briscoe # Ford Performance Ford 300 0 39 Running
3 9 23 John Hunter Nemechek # Midnight Moon Moonshine Chevrolet 300 0 40 Running
4 5 51 Jeremy Clements RepairableVehicles.com Chevrolet 300 0 34 Running
5 1 22 Austin Cindric MoneyLion Ford 300 1 39 Running
6 13 8 Gray Gaulding Panini Chevrolet 300 0 34 Running
7 21 61 Timmy Hill Toyota Tasusho Toyota 299 0 30 Running
8 3 7 Justin Allgaier BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet 298 131 46 Running
9 15 1 Michael Annett Pilot Flying J Chevrolet 298 1 38 Running
10 20 4 Landon Cassill Flex Seal Chevrolet 298 0 32 Running
11 12 19 Brandon Jones Menards/SoleusAir Toyota 298 6 41 Running
12 17 86 Brandon Brown # Vero True Special Chevrolet 297 0 25 Running
13 22 28 Shane Lee Tamron Toyota 297 0 24 Running
14 8 20 Christopher Bell Rheem-HtPG Refrigeration Products Toyota 297 0 23 Running
15 24 7 Ray Black II ISOKERN Fireplaces&Chimneys/ScubaLife Chev 297 0 22 Running
16 18 93 JJ Yeley(i) ZombieAuto.com Chevrolet 297 0 0 Running
17 10 9 Noah Gragson # Switch Chevrolet 296 5 26 Running
18 30 5 Matt Mills J.F. Electric Chevrolet 296 0 19 Running
19 37 1 Stephen Leicht Flex Glue Chevrolet 292 0 18 Running
20 32 35 Joey Gase Cocopah Speedway Toyota 292 0 17 Running
21 26 78 Vinnie Miller Pit Viper Sunglasses Chevrolet 292 0 16 Running
22 4 0 Cole Custer Haas Automation Ford 291 0 15 Running
23 35 99 CJ Mclaughlin Sci Aps Toyota 275 0 14 Running
24 23 52 David Starr Chasco/Whataburger/Dai Chevrolet 273 0 13 Engine
25 14 39 Ryan Sieg Lombard Bros Gaming Chevrolet 263 0 22 Accident
26 34 15 BJ McLeod Flex Shot Chevrolet 244 0 11 Electrical
27 31 74 Tyler Matthews Chevrolet 210 0 10 Running
28 36 0 Garrett Smithley Flex Tape Chevrolet 186 0 10 Running
29 2 18 Kyle Busch(i) Juniper Toyota 171 137 0 Engine
30 33 36 Josh Williams Starbrite Star Tron/Sleep Well Chevrolet 154 0 9 Suspension
31 25 13 Tommy Joe Martins Diamond Gusset/AAN Toyota 131 0 6 Transmission
32 7 8 Jeb Burton LS Tractor Chevrolet 125 0 5 Brakes
33 29 90 Ronnie Bassett Jr. Bassett Gutters and More Chevrolet 118 0 4 Accident
34 11 11 Justin Haley # LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet 79 0 3 Engine
35 28 17 Joe Nemechek(i) Chevrolet 43 0 0 Oil Cooler
36 19 12 Joey Logano(i) Snap on Ford 37 0 0 Accident
37 16 81 Erik Jones(i) iK9 Stars and Stripes Toyota 36 0 0 Accident
38 27 68 Mason Diaz Brandonbilt Motorsports Chevrolet 3 0 1 Accident

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