Tyler Reddick followed up a season-opening victory in Daytona by winning Friday’s Lucas Oil 200 NASCAR Truck series race at Dover International Speedway.
Reddick held off Daniel Suarez and Erik Jones and fourth-place Daniel Hemric for the victory in a race that featured eight cautions.
“We knew winning one was the first step,” said Reddick, 19, of Corning, Calif. “The only thing we wanted more was to get No. 2.”
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Reddick took the lead with seven laps remaining over a fading Jones, who had elected to take two tires on his final pit stop instead of four.
Three who mattered
Tyler Reddick: Adds victory to his 23-race career resume.
Erik Jones: Has spent most of the past three races in the lead, but he doesn’t have a win to show for it.
Matt Crafton: Fifth-place finish allows points leader to take an 11-point lead over Reddick and 14 over Jones.
▪ It was an excellent race by Suarez, who also finished second in an Xfinity race at Bristol earlier this season. Suarez said high-banked concrete tracks are to his liking, but he said it’s more about the experience he’s already gained at Bristol and Dover.
▪ Reddick was involved in an early-race incident with Jennifer Jo Cobb, whose car spun and couldn’t finish the race. Cobb walked onto the track to motion angrily at Reddick, a move she later told reporters she regretted. NASCAR forbids drivers from walking on the track, in response to a fatal sprint-car accident involving Tony Stewart last year.
▪ The race for the Truck championship appears to be a three-driver affair. Crafton, Reddick and Jones are separated by 14 points, with fourth-place Johnny Sauter 26 behind Jones.
They said it
“The last three weeks just haven’t worked out for us. It just really hurts, being this close to a win three weeks in a row.” – Jones.