Austin Dillon And RCR conquer the Lone Star State

  • Austin Dillon
  • NASCAR Cup Series
  • Texas Motor Speedway
  • Tyler Reddick
By Nick Starling July 20, 2020 0 Comment
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Richard Childress Racing teammates Austin Dillon and Tyler Reddick give the team their first 1-2 finish since 2011 by holding off two former Cup champions.

Long Time Coming For Richard Childress Racing

The 2019 NASCAR Cup Series season was not the best season based on results for Richard Childress Racing. The two RCR drivers of Austin Dillon and previous driver Daniel Hemric finished 21st and 25th in the final 2019 Cup Series points standings. However, the 1-2 finish by RCR at Texas Motor Speedway this past weekend has been a long time coming. In the current points standings, Dillon is 14th and Reddick is 17th. The team’s improvements have been easy to see on the track. Dillon has had 5 top 10 finishes and Reddick had 6. If this win at Texas proves anything, it’s that both of these race teams are very competitive and racing to win this season.

Another Race, Another Great Rookie Performance

One week after the impressive rookie win by Cole Custer at Kentucky Speedway, Tyler Reddick finishes 2nd for his career-best Cup Series finish. Reddick has proven himself on several occasions including winning the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series championship last year. This year in the Cup Series, Reddick has logged 6 top 10 finishes and 2 top 5 finishes. To be at the halfway mark of his rookie season that includes no practice and qualifying is impressive for the rookie driver.

The Caution That Changed The Race

Quin Houff admitted post-race to making a “rookie mistake” when he veered toward pit road in turn 4 that collected Christopher Bell and Matt DiBenedetto in the process to bring out a caution. This late caution turned out to be very costly for many drivers. It put early pit-road takers at a disadvantage during the final pit stop cycle. Two of the drivers impacted were Denny Hamlin and Ryan Blaney, who would have ended up being 1-2 had the pit sequence played out under green-flag conditions. Instead, Hamlin had trouble back in the pack and was involved in two late cautions, finishing 20th. Blaney had some better luck working his way up the field and ended up finishing 7th. Blaney was the winner of both first and second stages.

The NASCAR Cup Series is back in action Thursday night at Kansas Speedway with the Super Start Batteries 400. The coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

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