Reddick holds on for Xfinity win at Talladega
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.
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.