Tyler Riddick scores Big Machine’s first win at Xfinity in Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas – After running between the leaders throughout the afternoon, Tyler Riddick took the point himself with a thrilling pass from third with 31 laps remaining and parked the field to take the checkered flag in the NASCAR Xfinity Series SRS Distribution 250 on Saturday afternoon. Texas Motor Speedway.

It was the 10th Xfinity Series win in Reddick’s career, coming on only his second start in 2022, and his first trophy since the 2019 Xfinity Series Championship.

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It was Chevrolet’s first-ever win for the Big Machine Racing Team’s #48, as Reddick took the checkered flag by 1.825 seconds over fellow NASCAR Cup Series regular William Byron on an action-packed afternoon.

There were 11 warning periods, the second most in series history in the 1.5-mile high banks of Texas, and a tight race on the restart that followed as Xfinity Series champ Riddick pulled off that impressive pass and eventually earned his team . Debut victory.

“First of all, it is just a huge opportunity and thank you Big Machine Racing, [the car] The 26-year-old Californian said he was excited to take a lead this week to help the Richard Childress Racing team improve the overall Xfinity Series program.

“Chevrolet was very good,” he added. “Nobody at RCR was really happy with where the cars were, and I wanted to help out and try to improve these cars and see what we had to do to improve these cars.

He smiled, “Okay.” “We came up with a solution very quickly, I think.”

Shawn Gardner |  Getty Images
Shawn Gardner | Getty Images

Riddick’s victory cut short a three-race winning streak by JR Motorsports Chevrolets, which combined to top 118 from 167 laps on Saturday.

Race runner-up William Byron, driving the 88th JR Motorsports Chevrolet, had his first Xfinity Series start since winning the 2017 Series Championship and came within two seconds of JRM winning what would have been a historic fourth straight win by four different drivers.

The team had three cars in the top five and four cars in the top ten, including Byron and Sam Mayer in third, Justin Algayer in fourth and Josh Perry in seventh. Perry led 46 laps in the race, Allgaier was in the lead for 33 laps and Byron led the field for seven laps.

Gragson, who finished second in the drivers’ standings series, finished 36th in the 38-car arena after collecting for the first time in the chain reaction accident At the beginning of the final stage, then secondly irreparable car damage when a tire problem causes the car to go into the wall only five laps after that.

It was a rough end to a great start to the weekend. The 23-year-old Las Vegas-born player earned his first career position, led 32 laps, and won the first stage — his best sixth stage win of the season — twice as much as any driver.

“I think the only positive thing is that we got a cut-off point for a stage win,” Gregson said, adding, “It definitely sucks. It’s good to see the other JRM cars running so well. …Hopefully we can finish the company off well today.

“Just a bummer. We’ve been doing a great job, just disappointed. We were very fast and were just waiting for our time.”

Ryan Truex finished sixth and 18th in the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, scoring his best result in the five Xfinity Series kicking off this season. Stewart-Haas Racing’s Riley Herbst was eighth—his sixth straight place finish, tenth and ninth for the season. Landon Castle of College Racing finished 10th. His seventh in the top 10 in 2022.

The three championship leaders faced adversity on Saturday. Current point leader AJ Allmendinger – the only driver to finish in the top 10 in every race this season – looked as if that streak had been broken when his No. 16 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet raced the Allgaier tires in the closing laps. He was able to maintain his top 10 streak of seasons, however, he took the ninth place.

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Ty Gibbs, who is third in the drivers’ standings, was involved in the initial multi-car crash with Gragson at Lap 89. It was already a challenging day, as he was sent to start the race at the back of the field for a inspection breach.

After the race – and despite the challenges they all faced – the Allmendinger will take 44 points over Gragson in next week’s race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Alsco Uniforms 300 (1 p.m. ET on FS1, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). He has a 52-point lead over Gibbs, the defending champion in Charlotte.

Noticeable: A post-race check in the Xfinity Series garage was completed without much issue, confirming Reddick’s win. Kaulig Racing entry #16 for the Allmendinger was found with a single nut unlocked on our post-race check.