By Bob Pockrass
FOX Sports activities NASCAR Author
INDIANAPOLIS — Tyler Reddick may really feel the strain when he restarted from the lead twice within the waning laps Sunday on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway highway course.
However dealing with strain, or a minimum of being uncomfortable, is one thing that Reddick has been used to the final a number of weeks.
Simply 19 days after he introduced he would go away Richard Childress Racing following the 2023 season, Reddick captured his second Cup victory of the season in a race with a wild end the place Ross Chastain reduce the course and crossed the end line second however was penalized 30 seconds for the transfer.
“There was a lot of stressful things that took place,” Reddick stated. “I’m so committed to my guys. We feel like a band of brothers. We go on the road, and we have each other’s backs.”
Takeaways from Tyler Reddick’s victory:
Tyler Reddick wins in WILD time beyond regulation end at Indy
Tyler Reddick wins in wild time beyond regulation end at Indianapolis Motor Speedway over Ross Chastain and Austin Cindric.
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Reddick-Childress nonetheless frosty
Crew proprietor Richard Childress continues to be miffed that Reddick instructed him lower than an hour earlier than saying his transfer 23XI Racing, giving Childress little time to inform sponsors and work with them about sponsoring Reddick in his ultimate 12 months. When confronted an identical scenario a decade in the past with Kevin Harvick, whereas phrase leaked earlier than they wished to announce, Harvick and Childress made the announcement months after the choice.
“Any time you win at Indy, it’s great,” Childress stated afterward. “Kevin Harvick and I sat down talking about that he was leaving and made a joint press conference and this didn’t happen like that.
“We gained 4 races with Harvick and nearly gained the championship. Now we have a heck of a shot [to do it here].”
Childress said Reddick will drive for RCR next season but also hasn’t talked much to his driver since the announcement.
“He likes kissing the bricks,” Reddick said about the traditional Indy celebration. “And I am glad I gave him one other alternative. … From now till I depart, I am doing all the pieces I can to win races.”
Richard Childress speaks on relationship with Tyler Reddick
Perhaps solely Richard Childress can say one thing to point he’s nonetheless miffed at his driver but in addition that he has a “heck of a shot” to win a Cup title.
Chastain stated transfer not premeditated
Chastain stated he did not use the entry highway with the thought to advance his place and have the ability to battle for the lead. He stated he misunderstood the rule.
“It’s their call,” Chastain stated. “It’s their sandbox. I thought I knew the rule and I thought I abided by the rule. I didn’t do it maliciously. I didn’t do it preemptively.
“With three vehicles to my proper and all people working into one another, I could not see how we might make it and was going to be within the grass.
NASCAR’s driver directions video for the race stated that slicing the course in Flip 1 (and different turns) would lead to a stop-and-go penalty, and if it was not served due to how late within the race it was, then it could be a 30-second penalty.
Ross Chastain on using the entry highway in time beyond regulation
Ross Chastain stated he thought he adopted the foundations and that his choices on the flip had been to go within the grass or use the entry highway.
It did trigger some concern for Reddick on how onerous to race Chastain on the finish as Austin Cindric was able to pounce on each from behind.
“I didn’t know if I need to race him or not,” Reddick stated “[Cindric] was right there. I had to be careful. … [His penalty] was not confirmed. What if he doesn’t, and I stay back here behind him, and he ends up winning the race?
“It was actually worrying.”
Chastain was credited with a Twenty seventh-place end.
Busch misses second race
Kurt Busch missed a second consecutive race for concussion-type symptoms following a crash eight days earlier at Pocono Raceway.
Busch has a waiver to the requirement that playoff drivers must compete in every race, and Reddick winning was good for Busch when it comes to him potentially making the playoffs.
There are 14 winners with four races left in the regular season. If there are more than 16 winners, the driver with one win who has the fewest regular-season points does not make the playoffs.
Having missed two races, Busch now has the fewest points of any driver with one win and sits 30 points behind Chase Briscoe.
Bob Pockrass has spent decades covering motorsports, including the past 30 Daytona 500s. He joined FOX Sports in 2019 following stints at ESPN, Sporting News, NASCAR Scene magazine and The (Daytona Beach) News-Journal. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @bobpockrass. Looking for more NASCAR content? Sign up for the FOX Sports NASCAR Newsletter with Bob Pockrass!
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