NASCAR explains the penalty to Tyler Reddick

Tyler Reddick cut to course to change a flat tire at Sonoma Raceway

Tyler Reddick suffered a flat tire in turn 11 with just 14 laps remaining in the race. He had the option of cruising around the entire track on three tires for most of the 1.99-mile course.

Or he could cut the course and head right for the pit lane with far less time lost. Reddick elected to cut across the drag strip, and violate the rulebook.

NASCAR stepped in to police the move. They handed Reddick a pass-through penalty.

Brad Moran explains the call

“Obviously, it changes it time and distance of the race,” NASCAR Cup Series director Brad Moran told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

“So yes, he did go down pit road and got his tires changed, but came back well ahead of where he would have. We appreciate the fact he didn’t tear stuff up down the racetrack, but unfortunately, we have rules that you cannot shortcut the course, and that was a shortcut back to pit road.”

“He saved about 90% of the racetrack.”

Sonoma Results: June 11, 2023 (NASCAR Cup Series)


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