The dominant car of the race, Tyler Reddick, will likely not end up in victory lane as many expected, after suffering a flat tire in the race’s final stage, which also collected William Byron.
Reddick – in his third full-season with Richard Childress Racing — had led more laps in Sunday’s Wise Power 400 than in his previous 75 NASCAR Cup Series races, combined, leading the field for a race-high 90 laps.
The 26-year-old had a flat tire on his Lenovo Chevrolet Camaro entering turn one, while leading the race, slowing dramatically entering turn one. Seconds later, William Byron’s No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro made significant contact with Reddick, slamming into the outside wall.
REDDICK BLOWS A TIRE!
Heartbreak for the dominate car as he blows a left rear tire from the lead and collects @WilliamByron at @AutoClubSpdwy
This changes everything.#NASCAR #WISEPower400 pic.twitter.com/Bo0ymdbQ8Q
— NASCAR on TSN (@NASCARonTSN) February 27, 2022
Reddick – despite having some mechanical issues following the wreck — was able to continue after the wreck, while William Byron was forced to retire from the race, resulting in a finish outside the top-30.