Race after race Tyler Riddick He rolled through this NASCAR Cup Series season with his first win in sight, only to see his shot in the victory lane vanish.
Sunday at Road America, he didn’t let the opportunity go to waste.
Instead, he died. was the victim Chase Elliot, who dominated Sunday’s race but was overtaken by Riddick at the crucial moment of the afternoon. The two competed for the lead for several laps before Riddick swung around Elliott 17 laps before. He stayed out front the rest of the way, steadily building a significant lead over Elliott.
The win was Riddick’s first in the series after 10 times out of the top five. Thus, he put his name on the post-season playoffs list.
Riddick, who was driving in Richard Childress Racing, became the fifth driver to win for the first time this season.
Road America is notorious for making passing difficult, and Elliott made it nearly impossible before Reddick made it to the final stage. Elliott had a six-second lead over the first two stages before Reddick rose to the occasion in the third.
Elliott took a four-second lead in the second stage before pitting, leaving the stage win Ryan Blaney.
Elliott also dominated the first stage, but another Chase – Briscoe – won the stage after Elliott’s team switched to strategy and pitted two laps before the end of the opening 15 race.
First stage winner: Chase Brisco
Second stage winner: Ryan Blaney
Who had a good race: Tyler Riddick finally broke through to victory after showing so much promise in his third season with a full trophy. The 26-year-old from California scored 10 goals without a win. … Michael McDowell, who has built his reputation in road racing, had a consistent afternoon, racing in the top ten most of the day and finishing eighth. … Chase Elliott, the series champion in the road courses, drove 36 laps but couldn’t finish winning.
Who had a bad race: Denny Hamlin, who has struggled with penalty shootouts all season, picked another pair on Sunday, twice through as many boxes on the pit road. … Kyle Bush She was not working all afternoon. He was deep in the group on the final stage after complaining early in the race that “nothing” was working on his car. Bush finished 29th. … Bubba Wallace was involved in two crashes, struggled throughout the race and finished 35th.
next one: The Cup Series returns to Southeast on Sunday, July 10 to race for the second time this season at Atlanta Motor Speedway (3 p.m. ET, USA Network).