The hottest race so far this season took place at the road course in Austin, Tx. Tyler Reddick would dominate the first stage. However, with an early caution and no stage breaks to slow the field, pit strategy was all over the place allowing William Byron to steal the win in the first stage. Reddick was the class of the field along with Byron. They would swap the lead a couple of times in the second stage but due to the pit strategy, Redick would have to make an extra stop in the second stage. Still, Reddick would not be denied and would race his way back through the field to grab the second-stage win.
Reddick was cruising throughout the third stage and seemed to have the race in the bag until a caution for dirt on the track would once again slow the field setting up for an attempt at a green-white-checker finish. The field was double file coming to the restart with room to go four and five wide. Down into turn one, it was all gas and no brakes bouncing and banging off of one another. Reddick would escape the chaos and emerge with the lead. Unfortunately for Reddick, not everyone was as lucky and the caution would be brought out causing a second attempt at overtime.
Same song second verse. Reddick would claim the lead out of turn one getting away clean but the chorus would repeat and we would rack them back up and try again for a third time. This time, as with the last two times, Reddick would get the lead and maintain it and so would everyone else.
This week I wanted to talk about respect. There is a sentiment around the garage area that there is no respect. In a way, I can understand this feeling. look at the end of this week’s race. Everyone was all gas and no brakes on the last 3 restarts but that is stock car racing isn’t it? The beating and banging is the reason we enjoy the sport so much. I think that the fact that the drivers are just drivers these days makes it so that they don’t worry about what happens. They can trash a race car to pay a guy back.