The two NASCAR drivers tangled at Pocono Raceway
On Sunday the NASCAR Cup Series raced in Long Pond, PA. Pocono Raceway is a high speed 2.5-mile triangle.
Watch the Austin Dillon vs Tyler Reddick video below.
Tyler Reddick, Austin Dillon and Brad Keselowski ran three wide into turn one. They ran out of room in a hurry.
Reddick and Dillon are former teammates at Richard Childress Racing. Reddick now drives the No. 45 car for 23XI Racing.
As they ran three wide, Dillon was in the middle. He turned down into Reddick. Dillon was turned and he went hard into the outside wall.
Dillon took off his gloves and tossed them on the dash. He then climbed from his car and took off his helmet.
As Reddick cruised by under the caution, Dillon took a few steps up the banking and threw his rather expensive helmet at the machine driven by Tyler Reddick.
Reddick saw it coming and turned right. He avoided being struck by the helmet.
Dale Earnhardt Jr stated from the NBC booth, “Angry. I can see his arguement. But, I can also see Reddick saying, ‘Hey man, I felt like you crowded me on entry.’ “
“It’s such a dangerous entry at high speed. You gotta have a little give and take there. That will be the result when those guys are going to refuse and argue down into the corner.”
Jr added, “He’s coming down into the line of the No. 45 car. I know he’s upset about Reddick turning him there. But, he coming down the race track.”
Cars run over 190mph into turn one at Pocono Raceway.
Austin Dillon comments after the crash with Tyler Reddick
“I was mad,” Austin Dillon told NBC of the message he wanted to send to Reddick.
“I heard Jr’s replay. He said I came down a little bit. I don’t know, I felt like I was holding my own.”
“He was at my left rear going in there.” Dillon added, “I knew we were three wide. I think I’ve got the right to at least hold my lane. I mean, I’ve got to turn at some point, to get down. Brad’s on my outside, maybe a half lane up.”
“But, Tyler drove it in there. Obviously, I feel like he drove it in deep enough where he had to come up the track into me.”
“We can look at the SMT and see the little, fine movements. But, I felt like that was not the time to do that.”
“That was a pretty rough hit.”
Dillon isn’t satisfied with the helmet throw. That’s not enough.
Dillon stated, “I just need to start wrecking some people.”
Tyler Reddick comments
“I knew he didn’t have a lot of room,” Tyler Reddick told Bob Pockrass after the race.
“I definitely wasn’t trying to squeeze him or run him up the racetrack. There’s plenty of ways to look back and analysis it. Certainly I’ll look at SMT and see what happened beyond just the replay.”
“By the time I realized he was going to be coming down across the racetrack, they way that he was, I tried to go right to the brake pedal. But, it was too late.”
“Especially after seeing the replay. That hit into the wall did not feel good.”