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.”
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.