The two drivers wrecked while going for the win in the final corner of the NASCAR dirt race
On Easter Sunday, NASCAR dropped dirt on Bristol Motor Speedway then brought out the green flag. The NASCAR Cup Series race came down to the wire with a thrilling finish…
At the end of stage two, rain surrounded Bristol Motor Speedway. Despite that, Chase Briscoe, the stage two winner took a gamble to pit for new tires. Tyler Reddick was one of 15 cars who elected not to pit.
Track officials were able to work in the track. The race would resume. Briscoe was on a charge back to the front.
With 19 laps to go, Chase Briscoe cleared Kyle Busch for 2nd. Reddick led by 1 second but had much older tires.
With 2 laps to go, Reddick caught lap traffic. Briscoe closed right to his back bumper.
On the final lap, Briscoe was all over him into turn one and off turn two. He drove it deep to the inside in turn three and the backend stepped out immediately. Briscoe chased the car up the track and slid right until Reddick
Both the leaders spun in the final corner. Reddick was able to do a 360 and keep going. However, the 3rd place runner of Kyle Busch was on the gas and coming to the line.
Kyle Busch drove right by Reddick, winning by just a few car lengths. He claimed his first win of 2022.
After the race, there were no punches thrown, just handshakes…
Exchange between Tyler Reddick and Chase Briscoe
Briscoe: “I tried. I think I was going to spin out, either way.”
Reddick: “I saw that.”
Briscoe: “Then, I was like, please don’t hit me with the right rear. Please don’t hit me with the right rear. I did. I’m sorry. I just wanted to let you know.”
Reddick: “Hey, you did a hell of a job running me down.”
Briscoe: “I kept trying. I couldn’t run it any harder.”
Reddick: “It’s all good. I needed to drive away. I let you get close.”
Briscoe: I just wanted to apologize. It was fun though.”
The two drivers ended their conversation with a handshake and Briscoe walked away.
Tyler Reddick comments
“Well, I don’t think I did everything right, to be honest,” Tyler Reddick told FOX Sports after the race.
“Briscoe was able to run me back down there. Just looking at it. You know, he ran me back down and worked really hard to do that. We’re racing on dirt, going for the move on the final corner.”
“It’s everything as a driver that you hope to battle for, in his situation. Made it really exciting for the fans. It does suck but we were able to finish 2nd still.”
“I should have done a better job, pulled away, so he wasn’t in range to try and make that move. That’s how I look at it.
Tyler Reddick is in his 3rd full-time season. He has 9 top-5 runs but remains winless in his career.
Chase Briscoe adds detail
Briscoe added via social media, “Last 10 laps was the hardest I’ve ever ran a car in my entire life. Tried throwing a slide job on the last corner and knew as soon as I went into the corner I was spinning out with how much speed I carried… hate that it got Tyler in the process. Appreciate Tyler’s understanding.”
Briscoe is in his second season as a full-time driver. He already grabbed a win earlier this year.
“Yeah, we go one. It doesn’t matter how you get them, it’s all about getting them,” Kyle Busch stated after climbing from the car.
Boos rained from the grandstands.
“Man, I’m feeling like Dale Earnhardt Sr right now. It’s awesome, I didn’t even do anything.”
“I don’t know why, we couldn’t fire off after the rain. Both times it rained. It took about 20 laps to get going. Overall, pumped to get back. This one means a lot.”
Busch concluded, “I could win on any surface here at Bristol, bring it on baby.”
With the win, Kyle Busch has grabbed at least one win in 18 straight seasons. That stat is tied with Richard Petty for the most all-time.