What a finish! Tyler Reddick surges to win in wild NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega

Shane Connuck, The Charlotte Observer on

Published in Auto Racing

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Tyler Reddick has won at Talladega.

Michael McDowell started from the pole Sunday, and in the midst of 73 lead changes, ended up being the one taking the white flag. He was in a position to win throughout the Geico 500’s final lap — but spun around, allowing Tyler Reddick to get his first checkered flag of the season.

It marked the first time 23XI Racing co-owner Michael Jordan witnessed, in-person, a win by one of his drivers. The six-time NBA champion celebrated with Reddick in Victory Lane.

Brad Keselowski finished second, Noah Gragson third, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. fourth and Alex Bowman fifth.

The race’s two stages were entirely green. Austin Cindric started second and won Stage 1. He ran toward the front throughout Stage 2 and finished just behind Joey Logano.


Those stages saw a lot of drivers fuel-saving, which resulted in many lead changes at the front. The race’s first non-stage break caution came early in the final stage, with Christopher Bell getting into the wall on Turn 3.

A bigger wreck came a few laps later, with Bubba Wallace getting into fellow Toyota driver Erik Jones. The No. 43 car quickly spun and turned into the wall. Jones, who said his back was sore, was evaluated and released from the infield care center. That knocked Jones, Wallace and Denny Hamlin out of the race.


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