Through Bob Pockrass
FOX Sports NASCAR Writer
INDIANAPOLIS — Tyler Reddick could feel the pressure as he twice restarted from the lead on Sunday’s dwindling laps of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway street course.
But dealing with pressure, or at least feeling uncomfortable, is something Reddick has become used to over the past few weeks.
Just 19 days after announcing he was leaving Richard Childress Racing after the 2023 season, Reddick clinched his second Cup win of the season in a race with a wild finish that saw Ross Chastain short-cut and second in the Crossed the finish line but was penalized 30 seconds for the move.
“A lot of stressful things happened,” Reddick said. “I am so committed to my boys. We feel like a band of brothers. We go on tour and support each other.”
Takeaways from Tyler Reddick’s win:
Tyler Reddick wins in WILD overtime finish at Indy
Tyler Reddick wins in wild overtime at Indianapolis Motor Speedway over Ross Chastain and Austin Cindric.
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Reddick childdress still chilly
Team owner Richard Childress is still upset that Reddick told him less than an hour before announcing his move to 23XI Racing, leaving Childress little time to notify sponsors and work with them on Reddick’s sponsorship during his senior year. Faced with a similar situation with Kevin Harvick a decade ago while news was leaking before they were set to announce, Harvick and Childress made the announcement months after the decision.
“Every time you win in Indy, it’s great,” Childress said afterwards. “Kevin Harvick and I sat down and talked about him leaving and did a press conference together and that’s not how it happened.
“We won four races with Harvick and almost won the championship. We have a damn good chance [to do it here].”
Childress said Reddick will be driving for RCR next season but hasn’t spoken much to his driver since the announcement.
“He likes to kiss the bricks,” Reddick said of the traditional Indy celebration. “And I’m glad I gave him another opportunity. … From now until I leave, I’ll do anything to win races.”
Richard Childress opens up about his relationship with Tyler Reddick
Perhaps only Richard Childress can say something to indicate that he’s still mad at his driver, but also that he has a “damn chance” of winning a cup title.
Chastain said the move was not premeditated
Chastain said he didn’t use the access road to improve his position and be able to fight for the lead. He said he misunderstood the rule.
“That’s her choice,” Chastain said. “It’s her sandbox. I thought I knew the rule and I thought I followed the rule. I didn’t do it maliciously. I didn’t do it pre-emptively.
“With three cars to my right and everyone running into each other, I couldn’t see how we were going to make it and would be in the grass.
The NASCAR driver’s instructions video for the race stated that cutting the track at Turn 1 (and other turns) would result in a stop-and-go penalty, and if not served due to late race time, would she do it would be a 30 second penalty.
Ross Chastain on using the slip road overtime
Ross Chastain said he thinks he played by the rules and his options on the turn are to hit the grass or use the slip road.
It made Reddick some worried about how tough it was going to end up facing off against Chastain as Austin Cindric was ready to lunge at both of them from behind.
“I didn’t know if I had to face him or not,” Reddick said.[Cindric] was right there. I had to watch out. … [His penalty] was not confirmed. What if he doesn’t and I stay behind him back here and he ends up winning the race?
“It was really stressful.”
Chastain was credited with a 27th place finish.
Busch misses second race
Kurt Busch missed a second straight race with concussion-type symptoms after a crash eight days earlier at Pocono Raceway.
Busch has a waiver on the requirement that playoff drivers compete in every race, and Reddick’s win boded well for Busch in terms of potentially making the playoffs.
There are 14 winners with four races remaining in the regular season. If there are more than 16 winners, the driver with a win and the fewest regular season points will not advance to the playoffs.
After missing two races, Busch now has the fewest points of any driver with one win and is 30 points behind Chase Briscoe.
Bob Pockrass has spent decades covering motorsport, including the past 30 Daytona 500. He joined FOX Sports in 2019 after working at ESPN, Sporting News, NASCAR Scene Magazine and The (Daytona Beach) News-Journal . Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @bobpock breed. Looking for more NASCAR content? Sign up for the FOX Sports NASCAR newsletter with Bob Pockrass!
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