Reddick fuel gamble pays off with Las Vegas Xfinity win

Jim Utter

Reddick – with Christopher Bell closing fast – stretched his fuel 70 laps and held on for the win in Saturday’s Rhino Pro 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, clinching the 2019 Xfinity Series regular season championship in Victory Lane.

The win is the fifth of the season for Reddick, the reigning series champion. 

“It was nerve-wracking to say the least the last few laps I started losing fuel pressure. It was tumbling,” said Reddick, who ran out of fuel attempting a burnout on the frontstretch. “Christopher Bell had a real fast race car.

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“We came in for fuel and tires and had to save a lot and it allowed us to run some really, really fast laps there before we had on tires at the end to keep us out front. Our car was fast on the long run and that’s what we needed to get a buffer at the end.

“We’ve had a really, really fast car here in the past. Today we didn’t have it but we got them on strategy again.”

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Bell, who led 154 of the 200 laps, finished second, Brandon Jones was third, Cole Custer was fourth and Justin Allgaier rounded out the top-five.

Joining Reddick in the 2019 Xfinity playoffs are Bell, Jones, Custer, Allgaier, Austin Cindric, Chase Briscoe, Noah Gragson, Michael Annett, Justin Haley, John Hunter Nemechek and Ryan Sieg.

On Lap 112, Tommy Joe Martins spun off the exit of Turn 4 to bring out the first non-stage caution of the race. After pit stops, Bell came off pit road first and led the way on the restart on Lap 117.

Allgaier worked his way around Bell off Turn 2 to take the lead as Bell dropped to second and Custer ran third.

On Lap 126, Bell ran down Allgaier on the inside of Turn 3 and retook the lead. 

Two laps later, C.J. McLaughlin wrecked off Turn 4 to bring out another caution. The race returned to green on Lap 134 with Bell in the lead followed by Allgaier and Custer.

On Lap 142, Briscoe got around Allgaier and moved into the second position. 

With 40 laps remaining in the race, Bell held a 4.5-second lead over Briscoe while Jones had made his way up to third.

Several drivers made their way to pit road on Lap 167 to begin a final round of green-flag pit stops to get new tires and fuel to make it to the end of the race.

During the stops, Briscoe was penalized for speeding on pit road and had to return to pit road to serve a pass-through penalty.

By Lap 181, Bell had cycled back up to second, but Reddick remained out front, trying to stretch his fuel to the finish without making a final stop.

With 10 laps to go, Reddick still held an 8-second lead over Bell but Bell was told by his team they didn’t believe Reddick could make it.

Stage 2 

Once again Bell made short work of the field, leading all but two laps on his way to the Stage 1 victory over Allgaier.

Custer was third, Briscoe fourth and Reddick completed the top-five.

Following the break between Stages 1 and 2, all of the lead-lap cars elected to pit with Bell the first off pit road.

On the restart on Lap 52, Bell led the way followed by Allgaier and Custer.

Cindric was penalized for an uncontrolled tire penalty and had to restart the race from the rear of the field.

Allgaier got around Bell to take the lead on the restart only to see Bell get it back before the conclusion of the lap.

With 30 laps to go in the stage, Custer moved up to second and began challenging Bell for the lead. 

After 60 laps, Bell still held a steady 1.2-second lead over Custer while Allgaier ran third.

On Lap 80, Allgaier finally ran down Custer to retake the second spot as Custer dropped to third.

Stage 1 

stage win of the season.

Reddick was third, Cindric fourth and Custer completed the top-five.

Custer started on the pole but Bell worked his way around him to take the lead on the first lap.

Ten laps into the race, Bell held about a half-a-second lead over Allgaier as Custer ran third.

With 25 laps remaining in the first stage, Bell had opened a 2.4-second lead over Allgaier. Custer was third, Cindric fourth and Reddick fifth.

After 35 laps, Bell’s advantage had ballooned to 5.4 seconds over Allgaier as Reddick moved up to third.

Kyle Weatherman had to start the race from the rear of the field because his team made an engine change in his No. 74 Chevrolet.

1

2

United States
United States

 Tyler Reddick 

Chevrolet

200

 

30

2

20

United States
United States

 Christopher Bell 

Toyota

200

0.738

154

3

19

United States
United States

 Brandon Jones 

Toyota

200

18.569

 

4

00

United States
United States

 Cole Custer 

Ford

200

19.388

 

5

7

United States
United States

 Justin Allgaier 

Chevrolet

200

20.198

15

6

9

United States
United States

 Noah Gragson 

Chevrolet

200

29.910

 

7

08

United States
United States

 Gray Gaulding 

Chevrolet

199

1 lap

 

8

23

United States
United States

 John Hunter Nemechek 

Chevrolet

199

1 lap

 

9

18

Riley Herbst 

Toyota

199

1 lap

 

10

10

United States
United States

 Elliott Sadler 

Chevrolet

199

1 lap

 

11

98

United States
United States

 Chase Briscoe 

Ford

199

1 lap

1

12

22

United States
United States

 Austin Cindric 

Ford

199

1 lap

 

13

1

United States
United States

 Michael Annett 

Chevrolet

199

1 lap

 

14

39

United States
United States

 Ryan Sieg 

Chevrolet

199

1 lap

 

15

8

United States
United States

 Ryan Truex 

Chevrolet

199

1 lap

 

16

11

United States
United States

 Justin Haley 

Chevrolet

199

1 lap

 

17

86

United States
United States

 Brandon Brown 

Chevrolet

198

2 laps

 

18

90

Canada
Canada

 Alex Labbé 

Chevrolet

198

2 laps

 

19

36

United States
United States

 Josh Williams 

Chevrolet

198

2 laps

 

20

07

United States
United States

 Ray Black Jr. 

Chevrolet

197

3 laps

 

21

51

United States
United States

 Jeremy Clements 

Chevrolet

197

3 laps

 

22

01

United States
United States

 Stephen Leicht 

Chevrolet

197

3 laps

 

23

4

United States
United States

 B.J. McLeod 

Chevrolet

196

4 laps

 

24

0

United States
United States

 Garrett Smithley 

Chevrolet

196

4 laps

 

25

5

United States
United States

 Matt Mills 

Chevrolet

195

5 laps

 

26

61

United States
United States

 Tommy Joe Martins 

Toyota

194

6 laps

 

27

52

United States
United States

 David Starr 

Chevrolet

194

6 laps

 

28

99

Ja Junior 

Toyota

193

7 laps

 

29

15

Tyler Matthews 

Chevrolet

191

9 laps

 

30

35

United States
United States

 Joey Gase 

Toyota

187

13 laps

 

31

78

United States
United States

 Vinnie Miller 

Chevrolet

186

14 laps

 

32

93

CJ Mclaughlin 

Chevrolet

121

79 laps

 

33

74

United States
United States

 Kyle Weatherman 

Chevrolet

66

134 laps

 

34

17

United States
United States

 Joe Nemechek 

Chevrolet

56

144 laps

 

35

66

United States
United States

 Chad Finchum 

Toyota

52

148 laps

 

36

13

United States
United States

 Stan Mullis 

Toyota

22

178 laps

 

37

89

United States
United States

 Landon Cassill 

Chevrolet

20

180 laps

 

38

38

United States
United States

 J.J. Yeley 

Chevrolet

2

198 laps

 

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