Tyler Reddick Hits The Jackpot In DC Solar 350by Camille Jones October 2, 2016 0 comments
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Tyler Reddick claimed his first victory of the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season in Saturday night’s DC Solar 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Reddick, driver of the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150, led 70 laps on his way to the third victory of his career in the series, holding off his Brad Keselowski Racing teammate, Daniel Hemric, to earn his trip to Victory Lane. He did not qualify for the Chase for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship, but he overcame defeat by successfully claiming the first victory on a 1.5-mile oval for Brad Keselowski Racing.
Hemric, driver of the No. 19 Blue Gate Bank Ford F-150, needed a victory to lock himself in to the next round of the Chase. He came up just one position short, significantly hurting his chances of advancing to the next round without a victory in the series’ upcoming race at Talladega Superspeedway. Hemric will have one more opportunity to advance, but he ultimately sits in the first of the two elimination spots after two races in the Chase.
Cole Custer was the highest-finishing rookie in Saturday night’s race after crossing the finish line in the third position. Custer, driver of the No. 00 Haas Automation Chevy Silverado for JR Motorsports, earned his first top-10 finish at Las Vegas in his first start at the 1.5-mile track.
Reddick, Hemric and Custer claimed the top-three finishing positions, while Ben Kennedy and William Byron wrapped up the top-five.
Over the course of the 146-lap event, there were a total of three cautions for 14 laps. The first and third cautions of the night were brought out by the 20-minute Caution Clock expiring. The second yellow flag flew for Wayne Edwards, who made contact with the outside wall.
While Reddick led 70 laps of the race, his Brad Keselowski Racing teammate, Hemric, led 33 laps. Custer held the front spot for three laps, with fourth place finisher Kennedy leading 22 laps. Pole-sitter Timothy Peters led 13 laps on his way to a ninth-place finish.
Byron currently is the only driver locked into the next round of the Chase after claiming a win in the first race of the first round at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He leads the points standings over Christopher Bell heading into the final race of round one.
The Camping World Truck Series will take a short break before hitting the high banks of Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, October 22 for the Fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola. Coverage will be found on FOX and Motor Racing Network (MRN) at 1 p.m. ET.
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