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Tyler Reddick Burns Down Monster Mile’s House with Truck Win

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Tyler Reddick, driving the No. 19 BBR Music Group Ford for Brad Keselowski Racing, burned down Monster Mile’s house and headed to Victory Lane for the second time this season. Reddick took the lead late in the race and never let go to take the checkered flag in the 16th annual Lucas Oil 200.

This was also Reddick’s first win at the infamous Monster Mile.

“We worked really hard for this,” Reddick said. “I knew we had a top-five truck at the start of the race. It’s great to get a win for everybody back home and a great way to get the season started for us.”

Owner Brad Keselowski was also very proud of his young driver, especially since he is in contention for the championship just eleven points shy of leader Matt Crafton.

“It certainly was a great day but for us and it was kind of a landmark day,” Keselowski said. “We’ve got a lot to be proud of and we’ve got our focus on the championship. Tyler ran a partial season last year and a full season this year but it’s still his first season. So, it’s nice to see that come together the way it has and it’s going to be an exciting finish from here.”

“There is a lot of racing left to do but I think you saw today that there are so many great competitors out there. The championship battle will come down the end and these wins are going to make the difference.”

Reddick’s win was not without controversy as he had a run in with Jennifer Jo Cobb, who was incredibly annoyed and expressed her anger by staying on the track and sharing a gesture or two before taking the obligatory ambulance ride to the care center.

“We were in lap traffic early on in the race and Jennifer pulled up as I was trying to pass another vehicle,” Reddick said. “She looked like she was going to get me three-wide and then she closed the door.”

“So, I rode up to try to avoid getting in the back of her but she just got loose when I was right behind her and ended up spinning. It’s a real shame and I understand when something like that happens”

“I just feel really bad for her for that happening to them and their team.”

Daniel Suarez, behind the wheel of the No. 51 ARRIS Toyota, finished second in the race. This was his first top-ten finish at Dover and his fifth top-10 finish in 2015.

“Well for sure the whole of 2015 so far has been different from my 2014,” Suarez said. “I’m very lucky. To have fast race cars every weekend is just great.”

“I feel like I’m learning a lot every single weekend. Kyle (Busch) has been helping us as well. We are getting closer and closer.”

The most disappointed driver yet one who finished in the third spot was Erik Jones, whose two-tire strategy simply did not pan out the way he wanted.

“I was in on the call and we just didn’t have the time left. It was a solid day for us but it’s just a shame that we couldn’t bring it home,” Jones said. “It’s definitely frustrating and even more frustrating at this moment.”

“It just really hurts being that close to a win and it’s a bummer for this race team. But we made a call to take two and that was a lot of laps on lefts. And it showed at the end.”

“We’ll take it and move on and just keep getting better.”

Jones was the highest finishing rookie of the race.

Daniel Hemric, Matt Crafton, Ben Kennedy, Ryan Blaney, Brandon Jones, Johnny Sauter and Tyler Young  rounded out the top-ten finishers.  The complete race results are as follows:

2015 NCWTS Lucas Oil 200 Race Results

.Fin Str Trk Driver Team Lap Pts BPts Status TLd LLd
1 4 19 Tyler Reddick BBR Music Group Ford 200 47 4 Running 3 40
2 5 51 Daniel Suarez(i) ARRIS Toyota 200 0 Running
3 2 4 Erik Jones # Special Olympics World Games Toyota 200 42 1 Running 1 50
4 19 14 Daniel Hemric # California Clean Power Chevrolet 200 40 Running
5 3 88 Matt Crafton Rip It/Menards Toyota 200 40 1 Running 1 3
6 18 11 Ben Kennedy Local Motors Toyota 200 38 Running
7 1 29 Ryan Blaney(i) Cooper Standard Ford 200 0 Running 1 33
8 12 33 Brandon Jones # AGRA Industries Chevrolet 200 36 Running
9 16 98 Johnny Sauter Smokey Mountain/Curb Records Toyota 200 35 Running
10 25 2 Tyler Young Randco Industries/Young’s Building Supplies 199 34 Running
11 20 7 Ray Black Jr. # Scubalife.com Chevrolet 199 34 1 Running 1 1
12 13 23 Spencer Gallagher # Allegiant Travel Chevrolet 199 32 Running
13 10 0 Cole Custer Haas Automation Chevrolet 198 33 2 Running 5 67
14 15 86 Brandon Brown Coastal Carolina University Chevrolet 196 30 Running
15 22 94 Timmy Hill Testoril Chevrolet 195 29 Running
16 21 82 Austin Hill Empire Racing Ford 192 28 Running
17 27 8 Korbin Forrister # Tilted Kilt Chevrolet 190 27 Running
18 17 5 John Wes Townley Zaxby’s Chevrolet 178 26 Running
19 24 50 Travis Kvapil BurnieGrill.com Chevrolet 178 25 Running
20 14 17 Timothy Peters Red Horse Racing Toyota 136 25 1 Accident 3 5
21 7 13 Cameron Hayley # Carolina Nut Company Toyota 136 24 1 Running 1 1
22 6 8 John H. Nemechek # MeetBall Chevrolet 136 22 Running
23 31 74 Tim Viens RacedaySponsor.com Chevrolet 127 21 Rear End
24 28 1 Ryan Ellis Chevrolet 90 20 Accident
25 8 54 Justin Boston # ROKMobile.com Toyota 65 19 Accident
26 32 6 Norm Benning Chevrolet 61 18 Suspension
27 23 45 BJ McLeod Chevrolet 56 17 Ignition
28 26 63 Justin Jennings Mittler Bros Machine & Tools/Ski Soda Chevrolet 33 16 Accident
29 11 15 Mason Mingus 811 Call Before You Dig Chevrolet 32 15 Accident
30 9 97 Jesse Little Carolina Nut Company Toyota 32 14 Accident
31 29 36 Tyler Tanner Mittler Bros Machine & Tools/Ski Soda Chevrolet 15 13 Vibration
32 30 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb POW-MIAFamilies.org Chevrolet 12 12 Accident

 

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Mary Jo has lived and breathed racing since her days at local dirt tracks. From her vantage in the pits, she has developed an interest and expertise in all levels of racing, from go karts to the Cup Series. Many of her articles focus on the "behind the scenes" racing world, as well as up and coming drivers. Mary Jo enjoys writing about the people that make NASCAR and racing work on a day-to-day basis. She recently won an NMPA award for spot news writing. Mary Jo can also be followed on Facebook and Twitter.

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