Reddick Earns First NASCAR Cup Series Win at Road America

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Tyler Reddick Wins First NASCAR Cup Series
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Star power and and ambition drive Tyler Reddick as he achieves his first NASCAR Cup Series win at Road America.

Some NASCAR Cup Series drivers never get there. Never have the chance to go to the start/finish line, pick up that checkered flag and exalt the crowd with their winner’s desecration of Goodyear rubber. NASCAR, with its large fields and definite us vs them mentality, has a few teams that seem to collect trophies on a regular basis. But even then, the ones that win change as the tides of teams ebb and flow.

So it’s been with Richard Childress Racing (RCR). After losing Dale Earnhardt 21 years ago, that team has had a few drivers capable of bringing home the bacon on a regular basis, but even then, guys like Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch change teams and go elsewhere. Family driver Austin Dillon has seen some checkers for his grandfather, notably his 2018 Daytona 500 win.

Lately, Dillon’s teammate Tyler Reddick has shown the kind of star power that’s eluded RCR the past decade or so. Driving the No. 8 3CHI Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, Reddick has been knocking on victory’s door throughout this 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season. He finally broke through on the Road America road course on July 3rd, winning the Kwik Trip 250 over polesitter and 2020 Cup Series champion Chase Elliott, who drives for Hendrick Motorsports.

Tyler Reddick Wins First NASCAR Cup Series
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Reddick’s first career Cup Series victory came in his 92nd start – and gave Richard Childress his 110th series victory. It was Team Chevy’s ninth-straight NASCAR Cup Series road course win, a streak that started in May of 2021 with Elliott’s victory at Circuit of the Americas. Reddick became the 13th different Cup Series winner thus far in the season (seventh Chevy driver).

The two-time NASCAR Xfinity Series titleholder, 26, received congratulations from nearly every other driver in the race last Sunday – including Brad Keselowski, now with RFK (Roush Fenway Keselowski) but formerly Reddick’s Xfinity team owner.

Reddick acknowledged his first victory came from a good starting position (fourth), great pit strategy and excellent track position on the front row as the third and final stage of the race began. Reddick took the lead with the 47th lap and never relinquished the top spot en route to the checkers 16 laps later. Not only was this Reddick’s first victory in NASCAR’s premier class; winning crew chief Randall Burnett celebrated his maiden win as well.

“Everyone on this team at Richard Childress Racing has believed in me,” the overcome winner said. “I’ve made a lot of mistakes along the way, but man, this year has been one step, one mistake away from greatness all year long. We finally did it today. It feels good,” Reddick said. While teammate Dillon had a mechanical issue, the team kept Reddick in the dark.

“I’m glad it didn’t bring a caution out, for sure, but those last five laps were pretty nice. I was kind of searching within myself what I needed to be doing and that was probably the most stressful part, because I could kind of get away (from Elliott), [but] he would close back in and I was kind of worried about my brakes fading late in a tire run.

“Being in front I kind of was playing it a little too safe, honestly, and I realized that my brakes and my car was good and I could push a little harder in the braking zones again, and that allowed me to get out to a comfortable distance,” Reddick confirmed. “The last five laps were pretty stress free” on a track where he felt he had good speed throughout the 4.048-mile, 14-turn road course.

Reddick led a five-driver squad of Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 race cars to the checkered flags: behind the first-time winner and Chase Elliott were 2021 champion Kyle Larson, also racing for Hendrick Motorsports, and Trackhouse Racing’s Ross Chastain and Daniel Suarez, all five of them 2022 NASCAR Cup Series winners.

Reddick has only a week to bask in his first victory before the Cup Series alights to Atlanta Motor Speedway and the Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart. Live coverage of that race is available on USA Network.

About Anne Proffit 917 Articles
Anne Proffit traces her love of racing - in particular drag racing - to her childhood days in Philadelphia, where Atco Dragway, Englishtown and Maple Grove Raceway were destinations just made for her. As a diversion, she was the first editor of IMSA’s Arrow newsletter, and now writes about and photographs sports cars, Indy cars, Formula 1, MotoGP, NASCAR, Formula Drift, Red Bull Global Rallycross - in addition to her first love of NHRA drag racing. A specialty is a particular admiration for the people that build and tune drag racing engines.

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