By: NASCAR Wire Service – Chris Knight on September 23, 2017 | 10:17 P.M. EST&#thirteen;
Reddick gained by 14.5 seconds over his Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Brennan Poole. (Photograph: Getty Photographs)&#thirteen;
SPARTA, Ky. – Operating a partial NASCAR XFINITY Collection schedule this season, Tyler Reddick spoiled the celebration for the opening spherical of the Playoffs by incomes his first profession win in Saturday night time’s VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at Kentucky Speedway.
The Chip Ganassi Racing driver took management of the lead seventy four laps from the end and by no means seemed again. His 14.540-second margin of victory over teammate Brennan Poole was the most important within the collection’ historical past on the 1.5-mile speedway in sixteen years of competitors.
“I don’t know if it was essentially me making a press release, it was simply Chip Ganassi Racing making a press release,” stated Reddick, who earned the triumph in his fifteenth XFINITY Collection begin. “Me and Brennan (Poole) have been actually quick all night time.
“We had a very quick automotive final weekend, our mile-and-a-half program has been unreal. Mike Shiplett (crew chief) introduced me from floor zero all the best way to right here. All the blokes at Ganassi have gone above and past in serving to me turn into a greater driver.”
Reddick who hadn’t led a lap in his earlier 14 races this season, however led a race-excessive sixty six laps Saturday night time added, “To be right here at the moment is surreal. We had such a very quick automotive the final time we have been right here, to have the ability to deliver it to Victory Lane, I knew the automotive was succesful.”
Poole earned a profession-greatest end behind Reddick, giving Chip Ganassi Racing its first 1-2 end in XFINITY Collection competitors.
Poole was additionally the very best-ending playoff XFINITY Collection Playoffs driver within the Spherical of 12.
“I simply assume it was a robust assertion tonight,” stated Poole, who earned his second prime-5 of 2017. “I am pleased with our Ganassi staff arising one-two. That is actually a monitor that we’ve got struggled at up to now. To return out and be robust within the first race of the playoffs is fairly superior.
“I need to thank everybody who has put effort into this factor. It is actually confirmed off the previous couple of months. We have been actually constant and been proper there. A win’s coming for us.”
Playoff driver Justin Allgaier rebounded from a flat tire contained in the occasion’s opening 25 laps and utilized a gutsy wave round name and the beneficiary of a Lap seventy five free cross to bolt from a race-low thirty sixth to complete third, his eighth prime-5 of 2017.
“My staff at JR Motorsports clearly does a fantastic job,” stated Allgaier who’s tied for the XFINITY Collection factors lead with Cole Custer. “We talked about not beating ourselves within the first Playoff race. It was unlucky there getting a flat tire. It wasn’t in our management. We did what we needed to do and persevered by way of it and we did an ideal job on pit calls and pit stops.
“I assumed we had a automotive that perhaps might win the race. After the race, I informed my staff we’d not have gained the playoffs tonight however we undoubtedly salvaged what we would have liked to tonight to maneuver ourselves ahead.”
NASCAR Subsequent alumnus Kyle Benjamin in his fifth begin of the season led the sector to inexperienced after incomes his second-profession pole, till Stewart-Haas Racing’s Custer muscled his option to the lead on Lap forty two and clinched his first profession stage win.
With a two-tire technique, Benjamin returned to the purpose to start out Stage 2, however Custer soared again to the lead by the exit of Flip 2 on Lap fifty two and dominated the stage to earn one other 10 essential stage factors towards his playoff complete.
Defending race winner Elliott Sadler elected to remain out on the finish of Stage 2 and led the sector again to inexperienced for the beginning of Stage three till Iowa XFINITY winner Ryan Preece on an identical technique throttled to the lead on Lap one hundred and five passing Sadler off Flip 2.
Reddick, with brisker tires, reeled in Preece for management of the race and made the cross on Lap 126. He checked out from the sector till he pitted with forty nine laps to go for his ultimate pit cease of the night time.
Reddick cycled again into the lead 10 laps later, pulling away from the competitors and finally setting the tone for the end.
Notes: Following the opening spherical at Kentucky, playoff drivers Jeremy Clements, Michael Annett, Blake Koch and Brennan Gaughan discover themselves under the cutoff line for the Spherical of eight. William Byron suffered a unfastened wheel late within the race, leaving little time to get well, ending 18th. Nonetheless, he stays fifth within the playoffs standings with profit from the stage factors he acquired through the 2017 season.