Reddick takes charge late to win Truck Series race at Dover
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Tyler Reddick took the lead with seven laps left and held on to win the Camping World Truck Series race Friday night at Dover International Speedway.
Reddick passed Erik Jones to win for the second time this season. Reddick also won the season opener at Daytona International Speedway.
“We were very patient,” Reddick said. “We played it smart, kept it in one piece and we got it to victory lane in Dover.”
Daniel Saurez was second. Jones, who turns 19 on Saturday, finished third for his 11th career top-five finish. Saurez and Jones helped make it a 2-3 finish for Kyle Busch Motorsports.
Jones could celebrate his birthday with a win in the Xfinity Series race Saturday. He already has had a season to remember, making his first Sprint Cup start when he subbed in one race with Busch sidelined with injuries. The Joe Gibbs Racing developmental driver is blocked with the team at the Cup level with all four seats filled.
Jones was talking racing with Busch over lunch this week and Busch was on the driver’s radio on Friday.
“To have him on the radio this weekend and coaching me along was pretty big,” Jones said.
Jones’ team took two tires on a late pit stop and Reddick had four fresh ones, the difference maker down the stretch to spoil another shot at victory for the KBM prospect.
“It just really hurts being that close to a win three weeks in a row,” Jones said.
Daniel Hemric finished fourth and defending series champion Matt Crafton was fifth.
The 19-year-old Reddick has won 2 of 6 races driving for Brad Keselowski Racing this season.
“It’s a good way to get the season going for us,” Reddick said.
Jennifer Jo Cobb was called to the NASCAR hauler after she left her truck and walked up the track with the race under a caution. Cobb waved her arms and gestured toward Reddick. She believed he was responsible for the accident that knocked her out of the race.
NASCAR barred its drivers last year from approaching the track or moving cars after an incident during the race. The change came after 20-year-old driver Kevin Ward Jr. was struck and killed by Tony Stewart’s car during a sprint car race in upstate New York on Aug. 9.
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