Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Pole Sitter Reddick works overtime to win Verizon 200 at The Brickyard
Speed and composure helped Tyler Reddick win the Verizon 200 at The Brickyard on Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Reddick dominated in overtime in the NASCAR Cup Series race on the 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course after starting from pole in the No. 8 Chevrolet 3CHI. It was the fourth career Cup Series win at IMS for Richard Childress Racing, which won the Brickyard 400 on the oval with Dale Earnhardt in 1995, Kevin Harvick in 2003 and Paul Menard in 2011.
The victory came against the backdrop of Reddick announcing on July 13 that he was leaving RCR after the 2023 season to drive for 23XI Racing – co-owned by NBA legend Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin – from the 2024 season. .
It was Reddick’s second career Cup Series win, both coming this month. He won the road race on July 3 at Road America.
“Granted it was a little bump in the road, but we came out and won a fair and square race a few weeks ago,” Reddick said of his announcement to leave RCR. “If we don’t change anything and keep working very, very hard, we will find our way back to Victory Lane.
“I’m really happy to be able to do it here in Indianapolis. It’s a really special place to race. Really excited to embrace the bricks here in a moment.
Austin Cindric placed second in the No. 2 Ford Discount Tire, with Harrison Burton third in the No. 21 Ford DEX Imaging. Ross Chastain crossed the finish line second in the #1 Chevrolet Worldwide Express, but NASCAR penalized him for missing Turn 1 on the final restart and gaining track position by taking the access road after turn 1. Chastain was credited with 27th place.
The two-lap overtime session was created when the warning flag flew on lap 81 of the scheduled 82 laps. During a restart on Lap 80, several cars made contact in Turn 4, with Austin Dillon’s #3 BetMGM Chevrolet stranding in the gravel pit.
Reddick, who took the lead for good on lap 62 when Joey Hand pitted off-sequence, led the field on the green-white checkered overtime restart on lap 85, followed by AJ Allmendinger, Ryan Blaney, Ross Chastain and Daniel Suárez.
The peloton stretched over four on the final restart before Turn 1, with Chastain pinned against the outside wall. Chastain decided to avoid a collision and turn 1, instead taking the access road that bypassed the turn. He rejoined the circuit alongside leader Reddick, taking the lead at Turn 6.
“I was just trying not to be in the carnage out there in Turn 1,” Chastain said. “I thought we were four wide and couldn’t go any further to the right, so I decided to take the NASCAR driveway there. Just a pure reaction there.
Reddick then passed Chastain to retake the lead at Turn 14 with the white flag in the air, Chastain, Cindric and Burton never challenging for the lead again. Reddick crossed the finish line 0.576 seconds ahead of Chastain before Chastain was downgraded by the penalty. The official margin of victory between Reddick and Cindric was 1.065 seconds.
“I was like, ‘Uh-oh,'” Reddick said of Chastain going for the lead. “It was a scenario we had talked about. If you’re stuck in traffic, what do you do when you’re on the access road? I couldn’t believe he beat me to it. I was waiting to see s “He was going to have a penalty because I didn’t want to dismiss him. I was really surprised by that, but hey, we made it work.
“Hats off to Ross for trying to do this, but I’m really glad it didn’t work out because I would have been pretty pissed off.”
Reddick led three times for 38 laps in a race slowed by cautions only for the end of Stage 1 and Stage 2 before the first incident-related caution on Lap 62. The teams tried various tire strategies in the first half of the race to try to gain track position during a warning flag that never flew.
Indiana native Chase Briscoe won Stage 1 in the #14 HighPoint.com Ford before finishing 23rd. Christopher Bell won Stage 2 and looked like a late challenger to Chastain before his right front tire punctured and tore the bodywork of his #20 CRAFTSMAN Racing for a Miracle Toyota on lap 78, triggering the penultimate caution period of the race.
Next up at IMS is the Driven2SaveLives BC39 presented by WeatherTech this Wednesday August 3rd and Thursday August 4th at The Dirt Track at IMS. Tickets are available on IMS.com.