SPARTA, Ky. — Tyler Reddick stole the thunder from the XFINITY Series playoff drivers in Saturday night’s race at Kentucky Speedway with an all-out romp in the final 74 laps.
Reddick showed his hand during the final stage of the race by taking the lead from Ryan Preece on lap 126.
After a series of green-flag pit stops, Reddick cycled back to the front with 39 laps to go and drove away from the field by more than 14 seconds over Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Brennan Poole.
“I don’t know if it was me making a statement, it was just Chip Ganassi Racing making a statement,” Reddick said, “Brennan and I were fast all night and he finished second. We had a really fast car last week, our mile and a half program has just been unreal. All the guys at Ganassi have gone above and beyond to help me become a better driver. To be here today, is surreal. We had such a fast car the last time we were here and to be able to victory lane is cool.”
“I just couldn’t believe that all those laps went by and we didn’t get a caution. I’ve seen so many races where we get to the end and the caution comes out and it didn’t. Right place right time, we had a really, really fast race car, that helps a lot.”
Poole passed Elliott Sadler for the runner-up spot during the long green-flag run, making it the 1-2 finish for CGR in the XFINITY Series. The Texas native was also the highest-finishing playoff driver in the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300.
“I had a really good car all weekend, we made good adjustments throughout the race,” Poole said. “The one run, I was a little bit too loose and lost a lot of track position on my teammate and I really think that was the difference in getting to victory lane. Really happy for Ganassi to finish 1-2 and for Tyler to go to victory lane. He worked really hard and it’s been fun working with him this year as a teammate.”
“Just excited to be the first guy to finish ahead of everyone else in these playoffs to start it off. I think it’s a strong statement and really something we’ve been working really hard the past couple of months. We got really good, strong consistent runs. We’ve been bringing really fast race cars to the track.”
Justin Allgaier rebounded from a flat tire to finish third after falling two laps down early on. Allgaier leaves Kentucky tied with rookie Cole Custer for the points lead.
“It was a rough go there at the beginning of the race,” Allgaier said. “These guys did a great job all night and they kept me calm, which helped because I was about the color of the race car there for a little bit. We had a lot of speed in our Camaro tonight. We just fought track position and just trying to make our way back up through the field. The guys on pit road did a great job and we brought a fast race car.”
Ryan Preece finished fourth while Cole Custer rounded out the top-five. Custer won the first two stages of Saturday’s race but didn’t make his way back up front during the 104-lap green flag run to the finish.
Elliott Sadler, Daniel Hemric, Brian Scott, Matt Tifft and Ryan Reed completed the top-10. Nine cars finished on the lead lap in the fastest XFINITY Series race at Kentucky Speedway.
Other than the two yellows for stage breaks, Angela Ruch’s spin was the only caution for an incident during the 200-lap event.
Up next for the NASCAR XFINITY Series is a date with Miles the Monster next weekend at Dover for the second race in the playoffs.
Full race results can be viewed on the next page…