Tyler Reedy wins in a chaotic race

Sunday’s race for the NASCAR Texas 500 series took more than five hours. Sudden flat tires, cars on fire, a rain delay, track contact between contenders under caution and a particularly harrowing mid-race crash delayed an event that was among the most worrying and suspenseful in motorsport in a whole decade.

In the end, the recently eliminated Tyler Reddick found himself alone in front of the field. And he won.

Reddick battled for the lead for the latter part of the day before starting behind the worst-worn cars on the penultimate restart of the day. He passed them quickly, taking the lead and not looking back.

Although victory may no longer help him in his championship quest after his elimination at Bristol last weekend, Reddick earns his third victory of the season, making him a three-time winner of the race.

Behind Reddick, however, the chaos of the day was impossible to ignore. In particular, a series of sudden tire failures led to many of the day’s 17 cautions.

As in last weekend’s race at Bristol, there were constant tire problems throughout the race at the Fortworth, Texas circuit.

Sudden punctures appeared for many long runs, even after a brief rain and thunder delay gave Goodyear a chance to adjust their official tire pressure guidelines mid-race.

Championship contender Chase Elliott’s accident was the most serious and the most worrying, as his car caught fire and ended the 2020 champion’s day early.

After intermission, the same fate knocked both Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. out of the lead.

Tire issues killed others as well, including playoff drivers Christopher Bell and Alex Bowman.

In another major accident, Cody Ware hit the outside wall at turn 4 before sliding down pit lane and narrowly missing a retaining wall head-on before crashing into the pit wall. Ware looked unwell as he was being pulled from the car, but a team representative said no concussion or broken bones.