Tyler Reddick overcomes adversity to win at Talladega Superspeedway

It was a beautiful day for a race at Talladega Superspeedway for the MoneyLion 300, as you could feel the excitement start to build during pre-race ceremonies. Although, for several drivers and crewmembers, their hearts were heavy after the news that Brenda Jackson, the Mother of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kelley Earnhardt Miller, had passed away earlier this week.

Four drivers were a little more anxious as they were eligible for the Dash 4 Cash, which gives the highest finishing driver of the four an extra $100,000. The eligible drivers were Tyler Reddick, Cole Custer, Justin Allgaier, and Austin Cindric.

One driver overcame a speeding penalty, running over a jack stand, and being involved in an accident that did significant damage to the right side of his car. Reddick, driving his No.2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, would overcome all that adversity and still get his first win at Talladega for himself and for car owner Richard Childress in an Xfinity Series Race. To top that off he also won the Dash 4 Cash money.

“Hell of a job for all our guys at RCR Chevrolet,” Reddick commented. “I tried to take us out of the race so many times and somehow we got back in the mix, and back to the lead.” With a big smile, Reddick added, “We had a good day.”

Stage 1 started with Michael Annett and Reddick on the front row. There was some great side by side racing at the start with everyone jockeying for position. The only caution was for the spinning car of Brandon Jones. Reddick would easily win the stage after leading 21 of the 25 laps.

Stage 2 when the drivers hit pit road before the start Reddick got a little too much of a push from Ross Chastain and both drivers were busted for speeding. When the stage started they were pretty much running single file. There were no cautions in this stage, however, Reddick got loose and tagged the wall causing pretty significant damage to the right side of the car. Noah Gragson went on to win the stage.

The final stage of the race is where patience and probably some tempers wore off. Talladega being known for its “Big One” meant pretty much the only safe drivers were the ones in the front. Reddick once again brushed the wall but didn’t bring out the caution flag. There were several cautions in this stage. One of them took out two of the four Dash 4 Cash drivers, Allgaier and Custer; it also involved Cindric, Stephen Leicht, and Ryan Sieg.

The final caution with only four laps left brought out the red flag for cleanup of the track. Jeffrey Earnhardt got loose and collected Allgaier, Timmy Hill, David Starr, Jeremy Clements, and Alex Labbe. Until this point, Earnhardt was having another great run driving the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. The race restarted with two laps to go and Reddick was able to keep his top spot to win the race.

I want to give a great shout out to Gray Gaulding, driving his No. 08 SS Green Light Racing Chevrolet brought his car home in second place. What a great run he had going today.

Bringing his car home in third place was Christopher Bell in his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.

Chase Briscoe and Cindric would round out the top five. John Hunter Nemechek, Justin Haley, Josh Williams, Landon Cassill, and Chris Cockrum finished sixth through 10th, respectively.

Reddick leads the Xfinity Series Standings with 413 points, Bell is second with 381 points, Cindric is third with 339 points, Custer is in fourth with 338 points, and rounding out the top five is Allgaier with 298 points.

The Xfinity Series heads next to Dover International Speedway on Saturday, May 4th.

Xfinity Series Race Number 9
Race Results for the 28th Annual MoneyLion 300 – Saturday, April 27, 2019
Talladega Superspeedway – Talladega, AL – 2.66 – Mile Paved
Total Race Length – 113 Laps – 300.58 Miles

Fin Str No Driver Team Laps S1Pos S2Pos Pts Status
1 2 2 Tyler Reddick Roland Chevrolet 113 1 10 51 Running
2 8 8 Gray Gaulding Panini/NASCARRcgExp/WldwdSfty Chevrolet 113 5 0 41 Running
3 10 20 Christopher Bell Rheem/Johns Manville Toyota 113 7 6 43 Running
4 9 98 Chase Briscoe # Nutri Chomps/Runnings Ford 113 0 4 40 Running
5 17 22 Austin Cindric MoneyLion Ford 113 3 0 40 Running
6 15 23 John Hunter Nemechek # Fire Alarm Services INC Chevrolet 113 10 0 32 Running
7 5 11 Justin Haley # LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet 113 8 8 36 Running
8 16 36 Josh Williams StarTron/StarBrite/GnrlFrmltns Chevrolet 113 0 0 29 Running
9 22 4 Landon Cassill Flex Seal/Contec Chevrolet 113 0 0 28 Running
10 18 17 Chris Cockrum ADVANCEDCOMMUNICATNGRP Chevrolet 113 0 0 27 Running
11 14 9 Noah Gragson # ARMOUR Vienna Sausage Chevrolet 113 9 1 38 Running
12 33 0 Garrett Smithley Flex Tape Chevrolet 113 0 0 25 Running
13 6 8 Brett Moffitt(i) ISM Connect Chevrolet 113 0 0 0 Running
14 28 52 David Starr Whataburger Chevrolet 113 0 0 23 Running
15 32 86 Brandon Brown # Brandonbilt Motorsports Chevrolet 113 0 0 22 Running
16 4 39 Ryan Sieg Alabama Soda Blasting Chevrolet 113 4 3 36 Running
17 26 5 Matt Mills J.F. Electric Toyota 113 0 0 20 Running
18 13 19 Brandon Jones 1st Foundation Toyota 113 0 7 23 Running
19 29 78 Vinnie Miller Pit Viper Toyota 113 0 0 18 Running
20 35 42 Max Tullman Top Tier Toyota 113 0 0 17 Running
21 34 99 Cody Ware LORDCO Auto Parts Toyota 113 0 0 16 Running
22 25 15 BJ McLeod teamjdmotorsports.com Chevrolet 113 0 0 15 Running
23 31 74 Mike Harmon Woobies Shoes Chevrolet 111 0 0 14 Running
24 20 1 Stephen Leicht Flex Glue Chevrolet 111 0 0 13 Running
25 24 90 Alex Labbe Alpha Prime USA Chevrolet 111 0 0 12 Running
26 7 18 Jeffrey Earnhardt iK9 Toyota 110 0 0 11 Accident
27 30 51 Jeremy Clements RepairableVehicles.com Chevrolet 108 0 0 10 Accident
28 11 7 Justin Allgaier Hellmanns/FghtHngrSprkChnge Chevrolet 108 6 2 23 Accident
29 19 66 Timmy Hill VSI Racing/Overkill Motorsports Toyota 108 0 0 8 Accident
30 3 10 Ross Chastain Nutrien Ag Solutions Chevrolet 105 2 5 22 Gear Cooler
31 1 1 Michael Annett TMC Transportation Chevrolet 95 0 9 8 Accident
32 12 0 Cole Custer JACOB Companies Ford 94 0 0 5 Accident
33 23 93 Josh Bilicki CMR Construction & Roofing Chevrolet 86 0 0 4 Transmisson
34 36 7 Ray Black II ISKRNFrplcs&Chmny/ScbaLf Chevrolet 65 0 0 3 Accident
35 21 38 Jeff Green C2 Freight Resources Chevrolet 52 0 0 2 Engine
36 37 13 Chad Finchum JamesCrtrAttrnyatLaw/CrshClmsR.US Toyota 36 0 0 1 Gear
37 27 35 Joey Gase DonateLife/RgstrMe.org/Cmpgn/Gase Toyota 35 0 0 1 Engine

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