TC Daily Pit Stop: Tyler Reddick Advances to Round of 12 With Kansas Win; Truex, Byron, Wallace All Suffer Issues; Elliott and Larson at Odds After Pit Road Collision
TC Daily Pit Stop: Monday, September 11th, 2023
Tyler Reddick only led two laps on the day in the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway, but they turned out to be the most important laps of the day, the final two. Reddick, who was on fresh tires, knifed his way from fifth on an overtime restart past four other cars on older tires, to take the lead.
“Just an outstanding job by this whole 23XI team,” Reddick explained. “We had really good pace, but just couldn’t get ahead of Denny there, but chaos ensued, people stayed out, some took two tires, and the bottom lane opened up. Pretty crazy.”
Reddick came to the finish line ahead of his 23XI Racing team owner Denny Hamlin, who was caught sleeping on the final restart. Erik Jones, Kyle Larson, and Joey Logano rounded out the top-five finishers on the day.
Martin Truex Jr. came into the Playoffs tied for the top spot in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs, but after a cut tire on Lap 4 of Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas, Truex heads into the Round of 16 cutoff race seven points below the cutline. Here is a video of his incident in Sunday’s race.
William Byron entered the Playoffs tied with Martin Truex Jr. for the points lead, and he had the most Playoff Points of anyone in the Round of 16. He too found trouble in the opening portion of Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400. Byron went for a spin on the exit of Turn 2 on Lap 63.
Byron had been running among the leaders, but would only rebound to finish 15th after his car was never quite what it was before the spin.
Bubba Wallace had a stout No. 23 Toyota Camry in Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway, but his right rear tire fell apart on Lap 108, which sent him into the outside wall. As a result, his day fell apart with a broken toe link. His team would make the necessary repairs, but Wallace would finish 32nd, four laps down.
Although they are teammates at Hendrick Motorsports, Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott are building quite the feud between themselves. That feud spilled over into Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 when Larson made contact with Elliott exiting pit road. Larson had swerved into Elliott to avoid colliding with Brad Keselowski.
As the duo exited pit road, Elliott swerved back at Larson, and then Elliott sought out Larson after the race to talk amongst themselves about the incident.
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