Red­dick holds on for Xfin­ity win at Tal­ladega

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Sports -

Tyler Red­dick held off Gray Gauld­ing in a two-lap shootout to win the NASCAR Xfin­ity Se­ries race Saturday at Tal­ladega (Ala.) Su­per­speed­way for his first vic­tory of the year.

Red­dick with­stood a last-lap move by Gauld­ing to sur­vive the cau­tion-packed race. No­body could get by him after a restart from the eighth cau­tion, a red flag after a seven-car wreck.

Gauld­ing took sec­ond for his best se­ries fin­ish and Christo­pher Bell was third.

Red­dick also won the $100,000 bonus as the top fin­isher among the four driv­ers who qual­i­fied. He passed Chase Briscoe with 10 laps left and kept the lead through late restarts in the No. 2 Richard Chil­dress Rac­ing Chevro­let.

It was Red­dick’s first win in nine races this sea­son, but he al­ready had six Top 5 fin­ishes and ex­tended his points lead.

No­table

For­mula 1: Valt­teri Bot­tas qual­i­fied in pole po­si­tion for the Azer­bai­jan Grand Prix on Saturday after a crash in­volv­ing Charles Le­clerc helped to en­sure one of the long­est qual­i­fy­ing ses­sions in re­cent years at Baku, Azer­bai­jan.

Bot­tas’ last lap of the ses­sion was 1 minute, 40.495 sec­onds, leav­ing him 0.059 ahead of team­mate and cham­pi­onship leader Lewis Hamil­ton. Se­bas­tian Vet­tel was third, 0.302 off Bot­tas’ time.

Le­clerc had been fastest in all three prac­tice ses­sions but crashed his Fer­rari and qual­i­fied 10th.

Robert Ku­bica’s mis­er­able come­back sea­son for Wil­liams con­tin­ued as he qual­i­fied last and crashed at the same spot as Le­clerc, a nar­row sec­tion by the old city walls. The two in­ci­dents caused lengthy de­lays for bar­rier repairs. NHRA: Mike Sali­nas took the No. 1 qual­i­fy­ing spot in Top Fuel on Saturday at the NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Na­tion­als at Concord, N.C.

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