Having been among the leaders all day, Tyler Reddick himself took the point, making a productive pass from third place with 31 laps left, and refrained from the field to take the checkered flag on Saturday at NASCAR Xfinity Series SRS Distribution 250 on Texas Motor Speedway.
It was Radzik’s 10th career victory in the Xfinity Series, when he became just his second start in 2022, and his first trophy since the 2019 Xfinity Series Championship.
It was the first ever victory for Chevrolet № 48’s new Big Machine Racing team. Radish took the checkered flag for 1,825 seconds ahead of one of the regulars of the NASCAR Cup series, William Byron, on a busy day.
There were 11 precautionary periods, the second most in the series ’history on the 1.5-mile Texas high shores, and a tough race after the restart when two-time Xfinity Series champion Radick received that impressive pass and eventually won his team’s debut victory.
“First, just a huge opportunity and thanks to Big Machine Racing, it’s [the car] it was so good, ”said the 26-year-old Californian, noting that he was motivated this week to help the Richard Childress Racing partner team improve the Xfinity series program as a whole.
“Chevrolet was so good,” he added. “No one at RCR was really happy with where the machines were, and I wanted to help and try to make these machines better and understand what we need to do to make these machines better.
“Well,” he smiled. “We figured it out pretty quickly, I guess.”
Radzi’s victory interrupted a winning streak of three races for Chevrolets JR Motorsports, which together led 118 of 167 laps on Saturday.
William Byron, who took second place in the race, driving a Chevrolet № 88 JR Motorsports, began his first start in the Xfinity series since applying for the 2017 series championship and in two seconds earned JRM, which would be a historic fourth consecutive victory with four different drivers.
Three of the team’s cars finished in the top five and four finished in the top 10, including Byron, Sam Mayer in third, Justin Algayer in fourth and Josh Berry in seventh. Berry led the race on 46 laps, Algiers was ahead on 33, and Byron walked the field for seven laps.
Gregson, who finished second in the series racers’ standings, ended up in 36th place in the 38-car category after first being assembled in a chain reaction and then damaging a car that could not be repaired if a problem with tires put the car only in the wall five laps after.
It was a tough end to a great start to the weekend. The 23-year-old Las Vegas native earned his first pole position in his career, spent 32 laps and won the 1st stage – the best sixth win of the season – twice as many as any racer.
“I guess the only positive is that we got a playoff point for winning the stage,” Gregson said, adding, “Definitely sucks. It’s nice to see other JRM cars work hard. … hope that today we can achieve a good end to the campaign.
“It simply came to our notice then. We walked wonderfully, just disappointed. We were pretty fast and just waiting for our time. ”
Ryan Trueks finished sixth in the 18th issue of Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, scoring his best result in five starts of the Xfinity series this season. Riley Herbst of Stewart-Haas Racing was eighth – his sixth straight finish in the top 10 and ninth of the season. Landon Casil of Kaulig Racing was 10th; its the seventh top 10 of 2022.
All three championship leaders faced difficulties on Saturday. Current points leader AJ Almendinger – the only rider to finish in the top 10 in every race this season – looked like this series may have been discontinued when his No. 16 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet on the last laps chased the tires in the Allgaier race. However, he was able to support his top 10 of the season, saving ninth place.
Ty Gibbs, who ranks third in the race, was involved in an initial crash with several Gragson cars on lap 89. He already had a difficult day, he was sent to start the race in the back of the field for violation of inspection.
After the race – and despite the challenges they faced – Allmendinger will gain a 44-point lead over Gregson in next week’s race on the Charlotte Motor Speedway, Alsco Uniforms 300 (13:00 ET on FS1, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). He has a 52-point lead over Gibbs, who is the defensive winner of the race in Charlotte.
1. (2) Tyler Radzik (i), Chevrolet, 167.
2. (15) William Byron (i), Chevrolet, 167.
3. (9) Sam Mayer, Chevrolet, 167.
4. (6) Justin Algiers, Chevrolet, 167.
5. (3) Austin Hill №, Chevrolet, 167.
6. (5) Ryan Trueks, Toyota, 167.
7. (8) Josh Berry, Chevrolet, 167.
8. (10) Riley Herbst, Ford, 167 years.
9. (13) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 167.
10. (38) Landon Casil, Chevrolet, 167.
11. (11) Daniel Hemrick, Chevrolet, 167.
12. (7) Ty Gibbs, Toyota, 167.
13. (20) Jeb Burton, Chevrolet, 167.
14. (4) Brandon Jones, Toyota, 167.
15. (23) Brandon Brown, Chevrolet, 167.
16. (19) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 167.
17. (18) Stefan Parsons, Chevrolet, 167.
18. (25) Mason Messi, Chevrolet, 167.
19. (35) Jeffrey Earnhardt, Toyota, 167.
20. (24) Josh Williams, Chevrolet, 167.
21. (29) David Starr, Ford, 167 years.
22. (26) Myatt Snyder, Chevrolet, 167.
23. (27) Joe Earl Jr., Ford, 167 years.
24. (22) Bayley Currey, Chevrolet, 167.
25. (36) CJ McLaughlin, Ford, 166.
26. (21) Sheldon Creed №, Chevrolet, 166.
27. (33) Timmy Hill (i), Toyota, 166.
28. (30) Patrick Emerling, Chevrolet, 164.
29. (16) Brett Moffit, Chevrolet, Track Bar, 148.
30. (28) Ryan Ellis, Chevrolet, Accident, 146.
31. (14) JJ Yeley, Ford, Accident, 137.
32. (37) Anthony Alfred, Chevrolet, Accident, 137.
33. (32) Alex Labbe, Chevrolet, Accident, 137.
34. (17) Jesse Iwuji №, Chevrolet, Accident, 137.
35. (12) Ryan Zig, Ford, Accident, 129.
36. (1) Noah Gregson, Chevrolet, Accident, 95.
37. (34) Matt Mills, Chevrolet, Accident, 87.
38. (31) Ryan Vargas, Chevrolet, Engine, 21.