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TC Daily Pit Stop: Tyler Reddick Endures Triple Overtime to Win COTA; Suarez Shows Disdain for Chastain, Bowman Post-Race; More from Sunday at COTA
TC Daily Pit Stop: Monday, March 27th, 2023
PHOTO CREDIT: Rusty Jarrett, LAT Images, Courtesy of Toyota Racing
After an extended practice session on Friday, the NASCAR Cup Series garage seemed to be in agreement that Tyler Reddick was the favorite to win Sunday’s EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas (COTA).
Driving for 23XI Racing, Reddick was the quickest driver in Friday’s practice, and posted a new track record in qualifying on Saturday, so the only natural conclusion to the weekend would have been a victory.
Though, while Reddick easily had the fastest car on the track, the Corning, California native had to endure a misstep in strategy early in the event, as well as several restarts at the conclusion of Sunday’s race at the 3.41-mile road course.
When you have the level of full-contact racing that you do in the closing laps of a road course event in the NASCAR Cup Series, you’re bound to have somebody frustrated with another competitor.
This weekend at COTA, it was Daniel Suarez showing his displeasure for Alex Bowman – and apparently Ross Chastain – on the cooldown lap of Sunday’s EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix.
Suarez, who finished 27th after competing inside the top five for the majority of the event, sped up after the checkered flag was displayed to find Alex Bowman and Ross Chastain, who both finished inside the top five.
Then, as the three cars were entering pit road, Suarez made decent contact to the rear-end of Chastain, his teammate at Trackhouse Racing, before continuing on to make even more contact with Alex Bowman as the cars approached their parking spots.
Scott Borchetta, the team owner for the Big Machine Racing team in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, has been transported to a local hospital after suffering a massive crash on lap 24 of Sunday’s Trans Am Series event at Road Atlanta.
While a video of the crash, as it happened, has not been provided by the Trans Am broadcast team, Borchetta went off course in the high-braking Turn 1 of the 12-turn course.
Borchetta was extracted from his No. 48 race car, and after a lengthy clean up the race resumed. The Trans Am broadcast team gave an update on Borchetta’s condition saying, “I can tell you [Scott] is okay. He is conscious, and he’s been talking to his team, but he is on his way to the hospital. It was a big hit, but I am glad to say he is now in good care and being taken to the hospital. That’s the latest.”
PHOTO CREDIT: Jonathan McCoy, TobyChristie.com
Kyle Weatherman, who has run four NASCAR Xfinity Series events for Our Motorsports this season, will move over to the No. 96 FRS Racing entry for next weekend’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Richmond Raceway.
FRS Racing made the official announcement of the acquisition of Weatherman via a video released to Twitter on Sunday.
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