Tyler Reddick wins Cup race at Road America


Race after race, Tyler Reddick rolled through this NASCAR Cup Series season with his first victory in sight, only to see his shot at victory lane dissolve.

On Sunday at Road America, he didn’t let the opportunity pass.

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Instead, he passed. And the victim was Chase Elliott, who dominated Sunday’s race but was outdueled by Reddick in the afternoon’s key moment. The two dueled for the lead for several laps before Reddick muscled around Elliott with 16 laps to go. He stayed out front the rest of the way, steadily building a big lead over Elliott.

The win was Reddick’s first in the series after 10 career top-five finishes. He thus put his name on the playoff list.

Reddick, driving for Richard Childress Racing, became the fifth driver to win for the first time this season.

“Everyone on this team at Richard Childress Racing has believed in me,” Reddick 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, and we finally did it today. It feels good.”

Road America is famous for making passing difficult, and Elliott made it virtually impossible before Reddick’s final-stage surge. Elliott built six-second leads during the first two stages before Reddick rose to the occasion in the third stage.

Joey Logano and Bubba Wallace made contact in the hazardous Turn 5 during the second stage, sending both cars out of the racing groove. Neither received serious damage.

Elliott built a four-second lead in the second stage before pitting, leaving the stage win to Ryan Blaney.

Elliott also dominated the first stage, but another Chase — Briscoe — won the stage after Elliott’s team turned to strategy and pitted two laps before the end of the race’s opening 15 laps.

Stage 1 winner: Chase Briscoe

Stage 2 winner: Ryan Blaney

Who had a good race: Tyler Reddick finally burst into victory lane after showing much promise in his third full Cup season. The 26-year-old Californian had scored 10 top fives without a win. … Michael McDowell, who built his reputation in road racing, had a consistent afternoon, racing in the top 10 most of the day and finishing eighth. … Chase Elliott, the ace of the series on road courses, led 36 laps but couldn’t close out the win.

Who had a bad race: Denny Hamlin, who has been plagued by penalties all season, picked up another pair Sunday, twice driving through too many boxes on pit road. … Kyle Busch was a non-factor all afternoon. He was deep in the pack in the final stage after complaining early in the race that “nothing” worked on his car. Busch finished 29th. … Bubba Wallace was involved in a couple of incidents, struggled throughout the race and finished 35th.

Next: The Cup Series returns to the Southeast Sunday, July 10 to race for the second time this season at Atlanta Motor Speedway (3 p.m. ET, USA Network).

COTA Xfinity starting lineup: AJ Allmendinger takes pole


AJ Allmendinger, who won this race a year ago, will start on the pole for Saturday’s Xfinity race at Circuit of the Americas.

Allmendinger earned the pole with a lap of 92.173 mph Friday on the 20-turn, 3.41-mile road course.

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He will be joined on the front row Sammy Smith (91.827 mph).
Ty Gibbs (91.665) will start third. Sheldon Creed (91.652) qualified fourth. Parker Kligerman (91.195) will start fifth.

Cup driver William Byron will start ninth. Byron’s time was disallowed for cutting the esses. Cole Custer, who will start 10th, didn’t make a lap in the final round of qualifying.

Cup driver Aric Almirola (91.269) qualified 13th. Truck Series racer Carson Hocevar (90.669) will start 17th. Alex Labbe (90.476) will start 23rd. He’s filling in for Josh Williams, who is serving a one-race suspension for parking his car at the start/finish line of last weekend’s race at Atlanta.

COTA Truck starting lineup: Ross Chastain wins pole


Ross Chastain will start on the pole for Saturday’s Craftsman Truck Series race at Circuit of the Americas.

Chastain earned the top starting spot in Friday’s qualifying with a lap of 91.877 mph. He’ll be joined on the front row by Kyle Busch (91.490 mph).

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Ty Majeski qualified third with a lap of 91.225 mph. Rookie Nick Sanchez (90.993) will start fourth, and Christian Eckes (90.937) will complete the top five.

Alex Bowman failed to make the race. Bowman had a flat right front on his qualifying lap.

Tyler Reddick leads Cup practice at COTA


Tyler Reddick posted the fastest lap in Friday’s Cup practice at Circuit of the Americas.

Reddick, who won two road course races last season, topped the field in his 23XI Racing Toyota with a lap of 92.989 mph. Kyle Larson was next, posting a lap of 92.618 mph around the 3.41-mile road course.

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Ross Chastain, who won this race a year ago, was third on the speed chart in practice with a lap of 92.520 mph. He was followed by Kyle Busch (92.498 mph) and Daniel Suarez (92.461 mph).

Jordan Taylor, subbing for the injured Chase Elliott in the No. 9 car for Hendrick Motorsports, was 10th on the speed chart in practice after a lap of 92.404 mph.

Former world champion Jenson Button, driving for Rick Ware Racing, was 28th in practice with a lap of 91.759 mph. Former world champion Kimi Raikkonen, driving the Project 91 car for Trackhouse Racing, was 32nd in practice after a lap of 91.413 mph.

Seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, driving in his first race for Legacy Motor Club since the Daytona 500, was 36th in practice after a lap of 91.072 mph. IndyCar driver Conor Daly was last among the 39 cars in practice with a lap of 90.095 mph.

Cup qualifying is Saturday. The series races Sunday.


Saturday COTA Xfinity race: Start time, TV info, weather


Austin Hill, the dominant driver in the NASCAR Xfinity Series through the early weeks of the season, will be looking for his first Xfinity road course win Saturday.

Hill has won three of the season’s first five races, scoring victories at Daytona, Las Vegas and Atlanta.

Hill has been close in previous road course runs. He has a second at COTA, a third at Portland, a fourth at Road America and a ninth at Indianapolis.

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Kyle Busch and AJ Allmendinger own wins in the previous Xfinity races at COTA.

Allmendinger and three other Cup Series regulars — Aric Almirola, William Byron and Ty Gibbs — are scheduled to race in the Xfinity event.

Details for Saturday’s Xfinity race at Circuit of the Americas

(All times Eastern)

START: The command to start engines will be given at 5:08 p.m. … The green flag is scheduled at 5:19 p.m.

PRERACE: Xfinity garage opens at 2 p.m. … The invocation will be given by Jordan Thiessen of Pit Boss Grills at 5 p.m. … The national anthem will be performed by recording artist Payton Keller at 5:01 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 46 laps (156 miles) on the 3.41-mile track.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends at Lap 14. Stage 2 ends at Lap 30.

TV/RADIO: FS1 will broadcast the race at 5 p.m. … NASCAR RaceDay airs at 4 p.m. on FS1. … Performance Racing Network coverage begins at 4:30 p.m. and can be heard at goprn.com. …SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the PRN broadcast.

FORECAST: Weather Underground — Mainly sunny. Temperature of 82 at race time. No chance of rain.

LAST TIME: AJ Allmendinger won last March’s Xfinity race at COTA. Austin Hill was two seconds behind in second place. Cole Custer finished third.