Not a bad start to his first fulltime NASCAR season.
Tyler Reddick held off a late charge from Erik Jones to win Friday night’s NextEra 250 Truck series season opener at Daytona International Speedway. Reddick, 19, is running fulltime this season in Brad Keselowski Racing’s No. 4 Ford.
Scott Lagasse Jr. finished third and Reddick’s teammate at BKR, rookie Austin Theriault was fourth.
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While NASCAR was about to throw a caution after Jennifer Jo Cobb’s truck burst into flame on pit road, a 12-truck wreck erupted on Lap 49, sending several contenders for the win to the garage.
Three who mattered
Reddick: Before his win Friday, Reddick’s best finish in 17 career starts was fourth, on three occasions.
Theriault: Reddick’s teammate remained lined up behind him as the last lap unfolded and worked feverishly to prevent Jones and Lagasse from getting a shot at a pass for the win.
Matt Crafton: The reigning series champion kicked off his quest for a third title with a top-10 finish.
▪ As the race drew to a close, the lead-lap drivers – which included many relative newcomers to the series – appeared more satisfied in getting a solid finish than attempting a pass for the lead and risking falling back through the field.
▪ Tough race for Timothy Peters, who wrecked in qualifying earlier Friday, then got caught in another wreck in the race – not the start he hoped to the season.
They said it
“This feels amazing. We got here to Victory Lane in Daytona. It’s unbelievable.” – race winner, Reddick.
Where: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Ga.
When: 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Fox Sports 1.