Tyler Reddick couldn’t have been much closer to achieving his 1st NASCAR Cup Series race and yet fallen short.
In Sunday evening’s Bristol Dirt Race, Reddick was one turn away from taking the checkered flag, however Chase Briscoe made a desperate effort for the lead that sent both cars spinning.
Reddick was able to manage and reach the finish line, but Kyle Busch, who had been racing third, was able to catch him at the checkered flag by 0.330 seconds and take the victory. Briscoe was ranked 22nd after the race.
“I don’t think I did everything right, to be honest with you. Briscoe was able to run me back down there,” Reddick said after the race. “Just looking at it, I should have done a little bit better job.
“I don’t know. I shouldn’t have let him get that close. He ran me back down; worked really hard to do that. I mean, you’re racing on dirt, going for the move on the final corner. It’s everything that as a driver you hope to battle for in his situation.”
Still, it was Reddick’s first loss in 83 starts, and he got agonisingly close to winning again.
“It does suck, but we were able to finish second still. I’m being honest,” he said. “I should have done a better job and pulled away so he wasn’t in range to try to make that move. That’s how I look at it.”
After patiently waiting for Reddick to finish the talk, Briscoe approached Reddick on pit road and apologised.
“I was going to spin out I think either way. I was like, ‘Please don’t hit with the right rear. Please don’t hit with the right rear.’ I saw it,” Briscoe told Reddick. “I’m sorry. I just wanted to let you know.”
“It’s all good,” Reddick said after handshake. “Perhaps next time.”
Briscoe, who won his first Cup earlier in the season in Phoenix, said he didn’t want to disappoint Reddick since they’ve been friends.
“That was my fault, 100-percent,” Briscoe said. “That was just racing, I feel terrible about it.”
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