Reddick overcomes the chaos and wins in Indianapolis
Tyler Reddick, started from Pole Position and won the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series Verizon 200 at the Brickyard, his second win of the season.
Multiple cautions late in the race put his fate in doubt, but Reddick overcame all odds to win in overtime Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course, leading 38 of 86 laps with a cliffhanger finish.
The caution flew on lap 77 after the right front fender of Christopher Bell’s No. 20 Toyota snapped on the front straight as the right front tire failed. That set up a restart with three laps remaining in regulation.
The subsequent reboot unleashed chaos. Chase Elliott spun from second position coming out of Turn 1 and collided with the car of his Hendrick Motorsports teammate William Byron.
At the same corner, Chase Briscoe and Kyle Busch collided and spun on the left side of the Turn 1 turf. Three turns later, Erik Jones, Martin Truex Jr. and Austin Dillon collided, resulting in the No. 3 Chevrolet got stuck in the gravel, which required a caution flag and an additional period of time.
In that extra time, Reddick restarted on the front row alongside AJ Allmendinger, last year’s winner of the inaugural Indy Road Course race. Ross Chastain got ahead using a slip road to get around Turns 1 and 2, forcing Reddick to run him over. Reddick passed Chastain on the outside at Turn 13 to finally take the checkered flag first.
Chastain crossed the line second, but was eventually penalized by NASCAR and relegated to 27th, the last car on the lead lap.
Reddick was one of the few cars to avoid calamity on the 2,439-mile course at Speedway, Indiana. More than half of the 38 cars were involved in a fight on the track.
The worst of the day came on lap 61, when Kyle Larson lost his brakes at the end of the front straight. He threw his No. 5 Chevrolet broadside, but it slammed into the front right corner of Ty Dillon’s car in Turn 1, sending both cars to the outside turf. Both drivers were safe, but their respective vehicles were destroyed.
Following Chastain’s penalty, Austin Cindric took second place with fellow rookies Harrison Burton and Todd Gilliland posting career best finishes of third and fourth, respectively. Bubba Wallace rounded out the top five.