Tyler Reddick has taken out the first Round of 12 race for the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs, becoming the fourth straight non-Playoff driver to win this postseason.
Reddick’s win in Texas was his third of the season, winning the last stage after qualifying in fourth position, and holding the lead for a total of 70 laps.
The race saw a track record 16 yellow flags in which none of the 12 eligible championship contenders gained enough points for an automatic berth through to the next round, with two rounds of top 12 Playoffs remaining.
The race also had a record 36 lead changes, but Reddick bullied his way into the lead in the closing stages, holding the front comfortably to the end, although Joey Lagano did come hard at him over the last few laps.
“We had a lot of issues today, I’m not going to lie,” Reddick said
“Every time we’ve had a strong car we’ve been bit by something. This is a tough race, 500 miles here is not an easy feat.
“So great to win here in a Cup car, been close here a couple times.’’
Lagano had the best finish of the championship contenders, taking his #22 Penske Ford into P2, just +1.19 the race winner, with Justin Hayley filling out the podium.
Logano now sits on top of the Playoff standings, leapfrogging Elliot who now sits in eighth, with Kyle Larson in second.
Ryan Blaney and Chase Briscoe rounded out the top five, with both drivers the next highest of the championship contenders.
Regular season leader Chase Elliott led for 44 laps, but continued his mixed Playoff fortunes by crashing out whilst in front after 184 laps to finish in P32.
Keven Harvick and Martin Truex Jr also suffered crashes whilst in the lead, with both drivers encountering tyre issues during the final stage.
Contender Christopher Bell also found the going tough, with the #20 Joe Gibbs racer taking on too much damage, bowing out of the race to finish in P34. Going into the round of 12 just four points over the cut, he now goes to Talladega 29 points below the cut for the second round of 12.
At 220 laps the already eventful race was red flagged due to storms, with a 56 minute delay halting proceedings.
William Byron has perhaps been the most consistent finisher during the postseason, with four consecutive top-ten finishes giving him a 17 point advantage over the cut line. Larson also had his third straight top-ten finish also, placing him 16 points above the eight place cut.
Briscoe, Cindric, Bell and Bowman sit outside the qualifying places, with Elliot just hanging in by four points over Briscoe.
NASCAR Top 12 Playoff (Top Eight Cut)
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