Reddick’s Xfinity rivals left searching for solutions – once more
Reddick led the ‘Massive 3’ throughout the end line Saturday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Ending over a second behind was Cole Custer, who rode the wall and swapped the lead with Reddick a number of instances over the ultimate 30 laps solely to be handed for good with 18 laps to go.
“Tyler can rip the fence right here,” mentioned Custer. “I don’t know — I can match his lap time there, on the market on the finish, however he was only a tick higher the place he may very well be on my bumper when he was behind me and do a slide job. I may sustain with him and there on the finish, however I felt like I wanted to discover a solution to shut the hole.
“I used to be, like, three automotive lengths again the entire time, so I used to be like, ‘I must try to determine a solution to shut the hole’, and I simply obtained within the fence a little bit bit. It’s been an awesome yr, so we now have quite a bit to hold our hats on. It sucks working second once more, however we will nonetheless keep optimistic about how nice of a yr we’ve had.”
Custer rebounded to be in rivalry after pitting underneath inexperienced flag circumstances on lap 59 for a free proper rear tire. Falling a lap down, Custer was scored 32nd however drove himself again on the lead lap earlier than a warning flew to finish the second stage. He led 15 laps.
“There’s simply nothing you possibly can actually change about it, so that you simply form of take it how it’s and make it one of the best you possibly can,” mentioned Custer. “It labored out good as a result of we have been capable of get our lap again after which form of race our method up by way of there, and it was nonetheless we needed to regulate on the automotive quite a bit all through the day. Freaking out is just not going that can assist you in any respect, so that you would possibly as properly try to take your lumps and transfer on.”
Ending fifth was Christopher Bell, who led 40 laps and was over 17 seconds behind on the checkered flag. With underneath 40 laps to go, Bell slowed off Flip four to make his solution to pit street however then turned proper again onto the monitor and pitted the subsequent lap.
“It was only a miscommunication,” mentioned Bell. “I don’t know if my spotter didn’t get informed what our cue phrase was, however I obtained informed the cue phrase to pit, after which abruptly, I began pitting, and he mentioned, ‘not now, not now.’ However that didn’t matter everytime you get beat by 17 seconds. I’m glad that didn’t affect the result of the race.”
Regardless of the miscue, Bell was in control of the title race after the ultimate spherical of pit stops since he got here earlier than Reddick and Custer. However he was shortly caught by Reddick and Custer and after being handed, started to fade.
“It was oddly acquainted,” mentioned Bell of the problems he fought within the race. “I don’t know; I don’t get it. For no matter purpose, every time the tires begin falling off right here, I simply battle. I don’t know what we’re lacking to get me snug the place we will go round right here.
“However yeah, I’m OK for 10, 20 (laps), after which after that, we simply all aside for some purpose.”
Bell led the sequence with eight wins. Custer had seven wins, and Reddick completed with six.