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XFS: Reddick wins closest finish in NASCAR hiistory

(MRN) Tyler Reddick outdueled Elliott Sadler following the fifth overtime restart of the race on Saturday at Daytona International Speedway, notching his second X-finity series victory in his first race behind the wheel of the Number-9 Junior Motorsports Chevrolet. Reddick beat teammate Sadler to the checkered flag by a mere four ten-thousandths of a second, the closest finish ever recorded in a NASCAR national series. A rash of late cautions sent the season-opening race twenty-three laps past its scheduled distance. In fact, the twelve cautions broke the track record of eleven that was set in 2006. The forty-nine yellow-flag laps run were more than one-third of the race distance. Two-time Daytona winner Ryan Reed finished third on Saturday with rookie Kaz Grala and Garrett Smithley completing the top five.

For 2018, Reddick replaced 2017 X-finity Series champion William Byron – who’s moved up to the Monster Energy Series to drive the Number-24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.

Top 10 Finishers in the PowerShares QQQ 300

DRIVER STARTING POSITION LAPS LED

1. Tyler Reddick (R) (9) 11

2. Elliott Sadler (11) 2

3. Ryan Reed (15) 3

4. Kaz Grala (R) (27) —

5. Garrett Smithley (25) 2

6. Spencer Gallagher (4) —

7. Ryan Truex (6) 3

8. Daniel Suarez (17) 5

9. Ross Chastain (23) —

10. Brandon Jones (18) —

Unofficial Point Standings – After 1 Race

DRIVER POINTS BEHIND LEADER

1. Tyler Reddick (R) 50 —-

2. Elliott Sadler 41 -9

3. Spencer Gallagher 39 -11

4. Ryan Truex 35 -15

5. Ryan Reed 34 -16

6. Kaz Grala (R) 33 -17

7. Garrett Smithley 32 -18

8. Ross Chastain 28 -22

9. Brandon Jones 27 -23

10. Jeff Green 26 -24

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Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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