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Tyler Reddick Steals First Career Victory in Kentucky

The battle seemed to be between Cole Custer and Tyler Reddick all night but in the end Reddick sealed the deal and claimed his first career victory in Kentucky. Reddick took the lead back on 161 and he never looked back.

His teammate Brennan Poole earned his best career finish of second, earning Chip Ganassi Racing their first 1-2 finish in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.

Justin Allgaier finished third followed by Ryan Preece and Cole Custer.

Stage One 

Kyle Benjamin and Ryan Preece led the field to green with Benjamin breaking away with the lead. Custer passed the No. 18 with five laps remaining in the stage and would never look back earning the victory in stage one.

Justin Allgaier had a tire go flat early in the stage, fell two laps down and failed to tally stage points in the first stage.

Stage One Results

  1. Cole Custer
  2. Tyler Reddick
  3. Kyle Benjamin
  4. Ryan Preece
  5. Brennan Poole
  6. Daniel Hemric
  7. Matt Tifft
  8. Elliott Sadler
  9. Brian Scott
  10. William Byron

Stage Two

Benjamin took a gamble during pit stops, taking only two tires while the rest took four. Benjamin restarted on the inside with the lead alongside Custer who was second in the race off pit road. The two tire experiment failed for Benjamin who fell back fast. Custer took advantage and the lead.

Brandon Jones and Sam Hornish Jr. made contact in the center of turns one and two. Hornish Jr. smacked the outside wall and pitted for repairs. No caution was displayed for the incident.

The caution would be displayed on lap 75 after Angela Ruch spun coming off of turn four. It didn’t hinder Custer’s lead but gave the opportunity for drivers like Kyle Benjamin, Ryan Preece, Elliott Sadler, Ryan Reed, along with a few others.

Custer would set sail on the restart earning his second stage victory of the night.

Stage Two Results

  1. Cole Custer
  2. Tyler Reddick
  3. Daniel Hemric
  4. Ryan Preece
  5. William Byron
  6. Brian Scott
  7. Kyle Benjamin
  8. Ben Kennedy
  9. Ryan Reed
  10. Elliott Sadler

Final Stage

Elliott Sadler and Ryan Preece led the final restart of the race with Sadler taking the lead and working further and further away from second place Preece. Preece set his sights on the No. 1 and eventually made the pass on lap 104. It was looking like another Cinderella story for Preece until Reddick took the lead and set sail ultimately earning the No. 42 it’s fourth win of the season.

About Christian Koelle

Christian Koelle
Christian Koelle returns to Fronstretch in 2018 after joining the organization in late 2017. He is looking to write full-time this season with Frontstretch. Christian enjoys going to Minor/Major League Baseball games during his free time. He and his family reside in Ooltewah, TN, a town just outside of Chattanooga.

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