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Tyler Reddick wins Xfinity race at Michigan

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BROOKLYN, Mich. – Tyler Reddick took the lead with 11 laps to go when the leaders had to pit and cruised to his third victory in the last five Xfinity Series races Saturday at Michigan International Speedway.

“I’ve had good strings of runs as a young driver racing in dirt cars, but this is the best run I’ve had in my career I feel like on the level that I am,” Reddick said. “I’m already thinking about (next weekend’s race) at Iowa.”

The race changed on a caution at Lap 78 of the 125-lap race. Christopher Bell led and Cole Custer was second. There was a miscommunication between Bell and his pits and he stayed on track. Custer, told to do what Bell did, also stayed out. Reddick pitted.

“My definition was a little different than what Jason (Ratcliff, crew chief) had planned,” Bell said. “Ultimately, that was a big hiccup in our day.”

Said Custer: “The strategy just didn’t work out for us.”

With track position critical, Reddick’s move proved to be the key. The race went the rest of the way without a caution, forcing Bell and Custer to pit under green, moving Reddick into the lead.

MORE: Race results

MORE: Points report

Noah Gragson finished second and was followed by JR Motorsports teammate Michael Annett. Paul Menard, who started on the pole, placed fourth. JR Motorsports’ Justin Allgaier finished fifth.

Custer placed 12th. Bell finished 13th.

This marked the seventh consecutive race that either Reddick, Custer or Bell has won.

Stage 1 winner: Paul Menard

Stage 2 winner: Christopher Bell

Who had a good race: JR Motorsports had three drivers in the top five and all four place in the top 10. Noah Gragson tied his career high by placing second. Michael Annett was third for his best finish since winning at Daytona. Justin Allgaier was fifth for this third top five in the last four races. Jeb Burton spun early but battled back to finish ninth, giving him top-10 finishes in all three starts this year. … Chase Briscoe rallied back from a spin to place seventh.

Who had a bad race: Riley Herbst was involved in an early accident and finished 37th in the 38-car field. … Dillon Bassett finished last because of an accident.

Next: June 16 at Iowa Speedway

Fire destroys Bassett Racing’s NASCAR K&N Series team shop

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NASCAR K&N Pro Series East team Bassett Racing is assessing the future after its Winston-Salem, North Carolina area race shop seriously was damaged by fire on Friday evening.

Brothers Ronnie Bassett Jr. and Dillon Bassett have been racing for more than a decade for the team owned by their father, Ronnie Bassett Sr.

Now, everything is gone – cars, parts and tools – destroyed by a fast-moving fire. Damage is estimated at several hundreds of thousands of dollars.

“Still don’t have any words for it,” Ronnie Bassett Sr. told TWCNews.com. “It’s everything we worked for. Twenty-six years worth of stuff, 30 minutes it’s gone.”

Added Dillon Bassett, “I’m lost for words. Went to sleep last night hoping it was all a dream.”

According to TWCNews.com, investigators have traced the cause of the fire to a truck used to haul their race cars around the country.

The brothers’ next scheduled race is May 30 at Dominion Raceway in Woodford, Virginia. Ronnie Bassett Jr. is ranked third in the K&N East point standings, while Dillon is ranked 12th.

“Hopefully, we can get something for the next race,” Ronnie Bassett Jr. said. “We’re third in points. It would be nice to continue to run for the championship this year.”

Added Dillon, “Just to quit would just crush all of us. Hopefully, we can get something back.”

If you want to help the Bassetts, click here to reach them on their Facebook page.

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Catch K&N Pro Series East’ Visit Hampton 175 tonight on NBCSN

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Coming up this afternoon and again later this evening is a replay of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East’ Visit Hampton 175, which took place Saturday at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va.

The race will air at 5:30 pm ET and again at 11 pm ET, both on NBCSN.

William Byron, a 17-year-old from Charlotte who is in the 2015 NASCAR Next class, dominated to earn his third win in six starts on the K&N PSE schedule this season.

Byron, who won earlier this season at Greeneville-Pickens and Iowa, led all but one lap in the event, the longest on the K&N PSE tour.

Byron’s HScott Motorsports teammate Rico Abreu, who won the Chili Bowl in Tulsa earlier this year, won the pole for the 175 with a speed of 89.323 mph. Abreu finished ninth in the event.

Another of Byron’s and Abreu’s teammates, Dalton Sargeant, led the other remaining lap and finished third.

Of the top 5 finishers, three are members of this year’s NASCAR Next class: Byron, race runner-up Kyle Benjamin and Sargeant.

In addition, Gray Gaulding, who was a member of the 2013 and 2014 NASCAR Next classes, finished fourth.

Remember, tune in at 5:30 pm ET or 11 pm ET to catch what was an exciting race.

Here’s how the race played out:

NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES EAST

Visit Hampton VA 175 Results

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1.  (9)  William Byron; 175
2.  (27) Kyle Benjamin; 175
3.  (51) Dalton Sargeant; 175
4.  (12) Gray Gaulding; 175
5.  (42) Jay Beasley; 175
6.  (34) Scott Heckert; 175
7.  (91) Justin Carroll; 175
8.  (15) Nick Drake; 175
9.  (98) Rico Abreu; 175
10. (22) Austin Hill; 175
11. (04) Ronnie Bassett Jr.; 174
12. (4)  Kenzie Ruston; 174
13. (44) Dillon Bassett; 174
14. (6)  Devon Amos; 174
15. (2)  Collin Cabre; 174
16. (08) Tyler Hughes; 173
17. (3)  Kaz Grala; 173
18. (23) J.P. Morgan; 172
19. (31) David Garbo Jr.; 172
20. (5)  J.J. Haley; 171
21. (18) Sam Hunt; 170
22. (45) Christian Celaya; 168
23. (19) Chuck Buchanan Jr.; 152
24. (94) Dylan Hoffman; 61
Pole: Abreu – 89.323 mph.

 

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