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GEICO 500 Race Results

Talladega Superspeedway

April 21, 2024

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RESULTS

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Tyler Reddick

45 |

18

Running

188

13

47

5

2

Brad Keselowski

6 |

22

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188

2

38

0

3

Noah Gragson

10 |

36

Running

188

5

34

0

4

Ricky Stenhouse Jr

47 |

33

Running

188

0

33

0

5

Alex Bowman

48 |

12

Running

188

0

33

0

6

Anthony Alfredo

62 |

24

Running

188

4

0

0

7

William Byron

24 |

13

Running

188

0

38

0

8

Todd Gilliland

38 |

3

Running

188

0

29

0

9

Daniel Hemric

31 |

19

Running

188

8

28

0

10

Harrison Burton

21 |

16

Running

188

0

32

0

11

Martin Truex Jr

19 |

6

Running

188

16

26

0

12

Chase Briscoe

14 |

26

Running

188

3

25

0

13

Ross Chastain

1 |

32

Running

188

6

30

0

14

Ryan Preece

41 |

11

Running

188

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25

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15

Chase Elliott

9 |

9

Running

188

5

34

0

16

Josh Berry

4 |

29

Running

188

3

21

0

17

Carson Hocevar

77 |

35

Running

188

1

20

0

18

Corey LaJoie

7 |

31

Running

188

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19

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19

Joey Logano

22 |

7

Running

188

22

28

1

20

Ryan Blaney

12 |

21

Running

188

1

24

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21

Kyle Larson

5 |

38

Running

188

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24

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22

Ty Gibbs

54 |

15

Running

188

1

16

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23

Austin Cindric

2 |

2

Running

188

16

33

1

24

Cody Ware

15 |

34

Running

188

0

13

0

25

Chris Buescher

17 |

8

Running

188

6

16

0

26

Daniel Suárez

99 |

25

Running

188

0

11

0

27

Kyle Busch

8 |

4

Running

188

4

16

0

28

Shane Van Gisbergen

16 |

17

Running

188

3

0

0

29

Zane Smith

71 |

30

Running

188

0

8

0

30

Austin Dillon

3 |

5

Running

188

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14

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31

Michael McDowell

34 |

1

Accident

187

36

6

0

32

BJ McLeod

78 |

37

Running

187

5

0

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33

John H. Nemechek

42 |

20

Running

184

20

4

0

34

Justin Haley

51 |

27

Running

184

4

3

0

35

Erik Jones

43 |

28

Accident

154

0

2

0

36

Bubba Wallace

23 |

14

Accident

154

0

1

0

37

Denny Hamlin

11 |

23

Accident

154

4

1

0

38

Christopher Bell

20 |

10

Accident

132

0

5

0

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  • POS 1 | LEADER

    Tyler Reddick

    POS1

    LEADER

    Tyler Reddick

    Driver badge number 45 |

  • POS 2 | 0.208

    Brad Keselowski

    POS2

    0.208

    Brad Keselowski

    Driver badge number 6 |

  • POS 3 | 0.277

    Noah Gragson

    POS3

    0.277

    Noah Gragson

    Driver badge number 10 |

Tyler Reddick steals Talladega win as last-lap mayhem unfolds

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Tyler Reddick prevailed in a typically frantic Talladega Superspeedway run to the checkered flag Sunday in the GEICO 500 NASCAR Cup Series race, narrowly avoiding a multi-car crash in the closing 400 yards and coming from third place out of Turn 4 to earn the win by 0.208 seconds when race leader Michael McDowell crashed trying to block competitors approaching the finish line. Reddick maneuvered around in the high lane to motor through to his first victory of the year and sixth of his career.

The 28-year-old Californian climbed the grandstand fence, pumping his fist to the screaming, adoring crowd while one of his 23XI Racing team owners, NBA legend Michael Jordan celebrated on pit lane, taking Reddick‘s young son Beau in his arms and grinning from ear-to-ear. This was the first time Jordan had been at track when his team won a race.

“Man, it‘s incredible,‘‘ said Reddick, who led 13 laps on the afternoon. “Everyone on this 45 Toyota Camry worked really hard today. Didn‘t really work out in that third stage for us, but we were able to fight and defend our track position.

“Was that crazy guys?‘‘ he yelled toward the cheering grandstands. “A lot of chaos. That‘s Talladega for you.‘‘

“I just have to give a lot of credit to Ty Gibbs and Martin Truex [Jr.], it was just us Toyotas left and they pushed me with everything they had. Without Martin and Ty and those pushes we don‘t win this race.‘‘

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The final few laps pitted a low line of Fords — the manufacturer trying to earn its first win of 2024 — and a high line led by the Toyotas. McDowell, the 2021 Daytona 500 winner, anticipated a huge run from the cars behind, but conceded later that he was just a little late making the block.

The contact when he pulled down to Roush Fenway Keselowski driver Brad Keselowski sent McDowell‘s car off track. Keselowski was still able to recover and finish second — his second straight runner-up finish this season. Afterward, McDowell apologized to Keselowski for essentially costing the former series champion a win with the move.

“We did a good job keeping those Mustang Dark Horses up front,‘‘ said McDowell, who led a race-best 36 laps. “He [Keselowski] did everything right. He pushed me. I was able to get in front of him the first time, but when I came back down I barely wasn‘t clear. I‘ll have to watch the replay. I hate it. I hate it we didn‘t make it to the finish line. We had such a fast Mustang today. … just came up short and took a lot of guys out and I apologize.‘‘

The race ending was in stark contrast to the early portion of the event. For the first time since NASCAR instituted stage racing in 2017, there were no caution periods through the opening two stages (other than the scheduled stage breaks).

McDowell won the pole position and as promised all weekend, was set to race strategically not forcing his No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford to the front all day but instead when it needed to be there. There was a lot of hope that Ford would secure its first win of the year Sunday and two of the Mustangs — driven by Austin Cindric (Stage 1) and Joey Logano (Stage 2) — swept the stage victories early in the race.

But as is so often the case, a late-race restart — with 27 laps remaining — set the tone for the finish with McDowell leading the bottom line and Fords stacked up behind him. Reddick led the high line with Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota driver Martin Truex Jr. behind him. McDowell and Reddick exchanged the lead 10 times in that final 27-lap stretch to the trophy — indicative of a day when there were 23 race leaders and 73 lead changes, including New Zealander Shane van Gisbergen’s first NASCAR Cup Series laps out front on an oval (three laps).

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It was an exhaustive and exhilarating afternoon depending on what side of the finishing order you came out on. All the drivers — including several collected in the multicar race-ending crash — confirmed they were OK.

“Well, [team co-owner] Denny [Hamlin] keeps saying I‘m bad luck,‘‘ Jordan said, ”And today we proved him wrong.

“The whole team did a good job,‘‘ he continued. “I‘m very happy to be here to see it. Everybody always tells me when we win we have a good celebration, but this is the first time I‘ve been here [for a win].

“As you know this is NBA playoffs right now and to me, this is like an NBA playoff game. I am so ecstatic for the fans who support the sport itself. You know we‘ve been working hard trying to get ourselves to compete against all the top guys in this sport. And we‘ve done a heckuva job just to be where we are and for us to win and win a big race like this, it means so much to me and the effort the team has put in.

“I‘m all-in. It replaces a lot of competitiveness I had in basketball, but this is even worse because I have no control. If I was playing basketball, I‘d have total control, but I have no control and live vicariously through the drivers and crew chiefs. I‘m very happy for 23 XI — 110 percent.‘‘

Hamlin, who finished 37th after being collected in a crash, smiled upon hearing Jordan‘s elation and Beau Reddick‘s celebration with the legend.

“Beau has no idea (yet) of the significance of that moment,” Hamlin said.

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Stewart-Haas Racing‘s Noah Gragson finished a career-best third, followed by JTG Daugherty‘s Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Hendrick Motorsports‘ Alex Bowman.

Anthony Alfredo, who led four laps, finished a career-best sixth place for Beard Motorsports. Hendrick Motorsports‘ William Byron was seventh, followed by Front Row Motorsports‘ Todd Gilliland, Spire Motorsports‘ Justin Haley and the Wood Brothers‘ Harrison Burton.

Despite a 20th-place finish Sunday, Hendrick Motorsports‘ Kyle Larson leads the NASCAR Cup Series championship standings by 16 points over Truex, who was 11th Sunday.

The NASCAR Cup Series moves to Dover Motor Speedway for next Sunday‘s Würth 400 (2 p.m. ET, FS1, PRN Radio, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Truex is the defending race winner.

NOTE: Post-race inspection was completed in the Cup Series garage without issue, confirming Tyler Reddick as the winner. The Nos. 17 and 48 will be taken back to the R&D Center for wind tunnel testing. The No. 43 will return to the R&D Center for further evaluation.