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Indy win completes dream July for Reddick


indianapol­is — In July, Tyler Reddick grabbed his first career NASCAR Cup Series victory, qualified for the playoff and signed a big contract with a new team.

On Sunday, he added a victory at Indianapol­is Motor Speedway.

Reddick closed the best month of his career with an overtime win on the road course at Indy to give him two victories in the past five Cup Series races.

“So I’m not going to lie; I watched a lot of racing at this venue when I was a kid growing up,” Reddick said. “A lot of incredible drivers have won at this racetrack, and it’s really cool to be part of the drivers who have won here, and I’m really happy about it.”

Reddick broke through for his first career victory July 3 at Road America in Wisconsin, then announced nine days later that he was leaving Richard Childress Racing in 2024 to drive for 23XI, the team owned by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan.

Win No. 2 seemed to be easily within reach as Reddick was comfortabl­y out front for 15 late laps until debris from Christophe­r Bell’s car brought out the fourth caution of the race with six to go.

It set up a restart with three laps remaining, and Reddick lined up alongside road course ace Chase Elliott, who briefly got past Reddick for the lead until he was spun for another caution that sent the race into overtime.

On the next restart, Reddick had to hold off defending race winner AJ Allmending­er, who also won Saturday in the Xfinity Series. But Allmending­er was physically exhausted and struggling because his cooling device had not worked the entire race, and he hardly challenged Reddick at all.

Allmending­er collapsed when he climbed from his car. His wife and team personnel were seen draping his head in wet towels and dumping water over him before Allmending­er was taken to the care center.

So it was Ross Chastain who made Reddick claw his way to the Yard of Bricks.

Chastain missed the first turn completely and used the access road to return to the course ahead of Reddick as the apparent new leader. Reddick chased him for a trip around the 2.439-mile course and finally reclaimed the lead in time to lead the entire final lap.

“I couldn’t believe he got ahead of me,” Reddick said. “I was kind of waiting to see if he was going to have a penalty because I didn’t want to move him out of the way and make his race worse than what it was. But, hey, we made it work. Hats off to Ross for trying to do that, but really glad it didn’t end up working out because I’d have been pretty [angry].”

NASCAR after the race penalized Chastain for using the access road, which dropped him to 27th.

Reddick’s win made him the first RCR driver since Kevin Harvick in 2013 to win multiple races in a season and gave RCR multiple victories in a season for the first time since 2017.

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