NASCAR Cup Series in Indianapolis Results: Tyler Riddick survived restart in chaotic overtime to win Verizon 200

Just two weeks after Tyler Reddick started July with his first Road America win, Reddick shocked the NASCAR industry — and his team, Richard Childress Racing — by announcing that he would be transitioning to 23XI Racing at the end of 2023. But even as Reddick prepares to leave RCR in Ultimately, he wouldn’t head to his next destination without more prizes.

After controlling the entire race, Tyler Reddick survived a chaotic restart in overtime to win the Verizon 200 in Indianapolis. Riddick led through a late-race warning and a final resumption, but ended up getting his hands on the final laps with Ross Chastain, who jumped to the front of the field and first after missing Turn 1 and cutting the track. .

Riddick’s win allows him to finish July with the first two victories of his career, and he is now the sixth different driver to win multiple races this season.

Unofficial Verizon 200 results

  1. #8 – Tyler Riddick
  2. #2 Austin Cendrick (Right)
  3. #21 Harrison Burton (Right)
  4. #38 – Todd Gilliland (right)
  5. #23 – Bubba Wallace
  6. #22 – Joey Logano
  7. #34 – Michael McDowell
  8. #16 – AJ Allmendinger
  9. #41 – Cool Custer
  10. #17 – Chris Bucher

Riddick’s victory comes despite his defection from RCR to Toyota at the start of 2024, a move which he admits hurt feelings within his current team right down to owner Richard Childress. Despite the embarrassment of the past several weeks, Reddick managed to drive 38 of the 86 laps of the column and dealt with a Chastain distraction that cut the track down to the lead in the second half.

“This was a scenario that was talked about. If you are mobilized, what do you do when you take the access road?” Riddick told NBC Sports. “I couldn’t believe he was ahead of me. I was kind of waiting to see if he would get a penalty, because I didn’t want to put him off the road and make his race worse than it was.

“I was really surprised by that, but we did. Hats off to Ross for trying to do it. But I’m really glad it didn’t work out in the end, because I was so upset.”

pain suppression

From the low of the green flag, Turn 1 was a problem point on restart as drivers went from going three and four wider just down the Indy main road to trying to turn into a sharp, tight corner to enter the inner road lane. All accidents were relatively minor and not beyond the bounds of racing etiquette – until an inflated tire by Christopher Bell put the restart on by three laps.

Chase Elliott, who was second and tried to outrun Reddick in Turn 1, ended up with Ryan Blaney. Behind him, Joey Logano got into Turn 1 at zero to make the corner, and simply made his way through the traffic as most of the field started bouncing off one another and spinning one another. Then, more contact in the same road track caused Austin Dillon to get out and get stuck in a gravel trap, resulting in another restart in overtime.

This is where things get really interesting. Not only did Blaney get out at the exit of Turn 1, scattering cars all over the track, but Ross Chastain appeared in front of Tyler Riddick after he completely missed the corner at Turn 1 and took the access road to join the racetrack.

As Chastain took the lead, it was immediately clear to everyone – himself included – that he wasn’t really supposed to be there.

“I’m just trying not to get caught up in the carnage out there in the first turn,” Chastain told NBC Sports. “I thought we were four columns away and couldn’t go any further, and I just decided we’d take the NASCAR access lane there…just a pure reaction there…I’m merging.”

Because he cut the track, Chastain – as well as Austin Dillon, who did the same – was evaluated for a 30-second penalty at the end, bringing him down to 27th.

junior base

With most of the trophy veterans seemingly losing their heads in the final laps, three of the industry’s youngest drivers – all three fighting for the Rookie of the Year awards – were able to keep their senses and get outstanding finishes.

Austin Sendrick came out of the overtime chaos in second place, with his best result since winning the Daytona 500 in February. Behind him were his contenders for the Player of the Year award, Harrison Burton and Todd Gilliland, who had the best career achievement of third and fourth, respectively. Burton’s top five finishers finished second in the top ten last month, while Gilliland finished fourth in a dream weekend that saw the third-generation rider score his best qualifying effort ever, then lead the laps in a cup race for the first time. time ever.

As Dustin Albino noted from JeskeySunday’s end was only the second time in the history of the Cup Series that three rookie drivers finished in the top five in the race. The only other time was at Pocono in July 1994 when Ward Burton was second, Joe Nimchik third and Jeff Burton fourth (coincidentally, Harrison is Jeff’s son and Ward’s nephew).

Toil and problems

One of the most frightening moments a rider can have is his brakes at the end of a long road getting stuck on the spot, which is exactly what happened to Kyle Larson. The Cup holders’ brakes came out in the first round 18 laps before, resulting in a violent collision between him and innocent bystander Ty Dillon. Despite the brutal impact, both drivers exited their cars uninjured.

The reboot that followed ended up having a huge impact on the playoff bubble, as Kevin Harvick was bundled into an accident with Alex Bowman ending his day and leaving him with his second consecutive DNF due to a late race crash. That resulted in Harvick getting a full 96 without Martin Truex Jr. to finish last in qualifying, putting Harvick in tatters with four races remaining in the regular season.

Even those in the top ten ran into problems late in the race. AJ Allmendinger His awesome suit failed, and he ended up falling to the ground from heat exhaustion when getting out of his car at post-race. Meanwhile, Joey Logano stopped and got out of his car at Turn 1 past the square flag as it started to catch fire. Both drivers They were checked and released From the Pitch Care Center post-race.

Rundown race results

  • After taking his first career win at Road America to start the month, Tyler Reddick is now the latest driver to see both of his first two Cup wins at laps on the road. Reddick joins Juan Pablo Montoya, Marcos Ambrose and AJ Allmendinger — three drivers who came to NASCAR with extensive road racing backgrounds — in that category.
  • Bubba Wallace’s hot streak continues, with his third consecutive Top 10 and his first five ever on the road track. With being the fifth Top 10 Player of the Year, Wallace now has his career high in 2020, and now has an average finish of 5.3 since New Hampshire.
  • There is no doubt that the award for the tough guy in the race goes to Chris Bucher. Near the end of the first stage, something caught fire internally in the Buescher’s car, leading him down a pit path filled with black smoke and flames offset by fire-extinguishing foam in his cockpit. Despite losing two laps, Buescher was able to get back to lap one and achieve a brave 10th place before receiving treatment at the in-house care center after the race.
  • Despite his kick off the field, Ricky Stenhouse Jr managed to make it into the top 20 and cross the finish line in 13th. It marked Stenhouse’s first achievement in the top 15 since Coca-Cola 600 in May.
  • Ty Gibbs, who replaced Kurt Bosch for the second week in a row, was just one spot from where he finished last weekend. Gibbs finished his first full weekend of Cup Series leadership duties by finishing 17th.
  • Cody Weir used his road racing skills to take the top ten in the second stage and then finished 24th, but he had an unexpected ride along the way. Under caution at the end of the first stage, Ware had to dodge a pop-up fan canopy That exploded on the track at Turn 2.
  • Sunday saw the first-ever car race of Daniil Kvyat, a Formula 1 veteran who became the first Russian-born driver to ever compete in NASCAR. Kvyat respectfully ran through the first two stages And he even got a shoutout from Hall of Famer Mark Martinbut was quickly sidelined due to mechanical issues and finished 36th with a suspension failure.

Next race

The NASCAR Cup Series heads to the outskirts of Motor City and the Irish Hills at Michigan International Highway for FireKeepers 400 Casino this coming Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on the USA Network.