Tyler Reddick avoided multiple NASCAR Cup Series overtime restarts to win on Sunday (March 26) at Circuit of the Americas.
It’s Reddick’s first win of the season and fourth career win.
Reddick led 41 laps, helping 23XI to its fifth win as a team.
“It means the world,” Reddick said post-race. “This whole 23XI team has been working so hard all winter long to make the road-course program better. Was extremely motivated to come in here and prove that performance, too.
“Just so proud of this Monster Energy Toyota Camry TRD. Toyota, everybody, all the resources they’ve been putting into this to help turn around the road-course program means a lot.”
Kyle Busch battled to finish second and Alex Bowman finished third.
Ross Chastain fought back from having issues on lap 59 to finish fourth and William Byron, who had the lead late in the race, fell back at the end to finish fifth.
Austin Cindric, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Chris Buescher, Ty Gibbs and Todd Gilliand rounded out the top 10.
Byron and Reddick started the front row for the 68-lap race. The first caution waved on lap 1 for a wreck involving Brad Keselowski, Stenhouse, Gilliland, Ty Dillon and Jimmie Johnson, the latter making his second start of the season.
Byron, Cindric and Reddick swapped the lead before a caution for Bubba Wallace and Larson on lap 11. Byron took the lead back on lap 13 and won stage one of the race.
The race continued green through the end of stage two and Reddick was able to score the win.
On lap 31 Reddick pit, handing the lead to Byron until he pitted at lap 38. The third caution for debris waved on lap 40.
Byron took the lead on the lap 42 restart and Joey Logano spent a lap in the front before Byron took the lead for two laps. Reddick went back to the front until a caution on lap 56 for Keselowski led to a plethora of cautions.
Daniel Suarez and Christopher Bell, took turns at the front until lap 60 when Reddick returned to the front. Byron took the lead on lap 62, but Reddick grabbed the lead one final time and survived three restarts to score the win.
Cup COTA Race Results
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When the time came for the usual first TV time out and the event didn’t get a caution, the network showed a carddboard caricature of the driver and went to commercial. If they can do that at COTA why can’t they do it at every example of Brian’s product? They don’t need a caution to go to commercial.
If Bubba was a golfer he would blame everything but the driver for his problems.