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Tyler Reddick Notches Big Machine Racing’s First Xfinity Series Victory at Texas

 

FORT WORTH, TEXAS – MAY 21: Tyler Reddick, driver of the #48 Big Machine Racing/JAG Metals Chevrolet, takes the checkered flag to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series SRS Distribution 250 at Texas Motor Speedway on May 21, 2022 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Saturday’s SRS Distribution 250 at Texas Motor Speedway looked like it would be dominated by JR Motorsports, with the team’s five-car roster combining for the top-two spots in both stages.

However, in true fashion of the NASCAR Xfinity Series, an intense second half proved to be the deciding factor, as Tyler Reddick, making his second start of the season in the No. 48, would ultimately claim the victory.

Reddick’s triumph – the 10th of his NASCAR Xfinity Series career — comes at a pivotal time for Big Machine Racing, as the second-year organization recently made the decision to sideline their primary driver, Jade Buford, in favor of a rotating cast of characters, to evaluate the team’s performance.

The Corning, California-native ran inside the top-five for the majority of Saturday’s 167-lap contest at Texas, but was finally able to secure the lead on a restart inside the final 35 laps. From that point, things were tightly secured, as Reddick kept fellow Cup Series driver, William Byron, at bay for the victory.

Byron, driving the JR Motorsports No. 88 in the first of two scheduled starts this season, finished 1.825 seconds behind the race-winner, with his JR Motorsports teammates Sam Mayer and Justin Allgaier rounding out the top-four.

Finishing in fifth, Austin Hill secured his fifth top-five result of the season, the most by a single driver in Richard Childress Racing’s Xfinity program since 2019.

Ryan Truex, Josh Berry, Riley Herbst, AJ Allmendinger, and Landon Cassill rounded out the top-10 finishers in the event.

Noah Gragson and Ty Gibbs – two drivers expected to run inside the top-10 in the NASCAR Xfinity Series — found trouble throughout the afternoon at Texas, as both were involved in a multi-car accident on Lap 89.

Gibbs would come home in 12th-place, while Gragson would run into further issues, forcing the retirement of the No. 9 team, and a 36th-place finish.

The race featured a total of 11 caution flags for 62 laps, the final of which flew on Lap 139 for a seven-car accident, which totaled many cars outside the top-10, many of which were having fantastic runs.

Exiting Texas, AJ Allmendinger – continuing his streak of top-10 results to 12 — continues to hold a substantial points lead over Noah Gragson (-44).Ty Gibbs, Justin Allgaier, and Josh Berry continue to occupy spots inside the top-five heading to Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Joseph Srigley
Joseph Srigleyhttp://tobychristie.com
University of Windsor | Business Administration - Supply Chain & Data Analytics Editor at TobyChristie.com

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