LAS VEGAS — Tyler Reddick stretched his very last tank of gasoline Saturday to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and wrap up the ordinary-season championship.
Christopher Bell had the maximum dominant vehicle however Reddick’s Richard Childress Racing team gambled on fuel approach to conquering Bell for the win. The reigning collection champion has 5 wins this season.
Reddick had to keep as a great deal gas as possible over the very last stretch and the conservation mode allowed Bell to close the distance. Bell and his Joe Gibbs Racing group have been probable hoping Reddick ran out of gas, however, he picked up his pace over the final 4 laps as Bell closed in.
Reddick made it 70 laps on his final tank of gasoline.
“It turned into a stumbling,” he stated of the final few moments of the race.
Bell wound up 2nd and wondered if he ought to have gained his 7th race of the season if he had pushed tougher on the begin of the final run, whilst he had a complete tank of fuel. He led a race-excessive 154 laps.
“It’s the second one time this 12 months we were given beat by circumstances,” Bell stated. “Very, very disappointing.
The race was the final event before the playoffs start for NASCAR’s second-tier collection, however, the 12-driver championship area had basically been set on factors prior to the green flag. Reddick needed simply 11 points to assert the ordinary-season title, with Bell the handiest driver mathematically eligible to capture him.
“What I wanted to do turned into getting that locked up before we went and attempted to win the race,” Reddick stated of the regular-season title. He becomes presented with the trophy, then stood via and listened to crew owner Richard Childress stated Reddick’s riding fashion reminds him of Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough.
“We ain’t completed yet. We were given to go to Homestead and get any other trophy,” stated Reddick, who won final years identify driving for JR Motorsports.
Brandon Jones became 1/3, accompanied with the aid of Cole Custer, Justin Allgaier, Noah Gragson, and Gray Gaulding.
The Xfinity Series 8-race publish-season begins next week at Richmond Raceway in Virginia.