A non-playoff driver upset the whole field at Kentucky


Tyler Reddick sure picked a heck of a time to win his first career Xfinity Series race. Via NASCAR.com the Chip Ganassi Racing driver races only a partial schedule and this was just his 15th start in the series.

Winning a playoff race when you didn't qualify for the postseason in the first place doesn't do anything for your championship aspirations, but it sure does give Reddick some serious bragging rights. His teammate, Brennan Poole, finished second and was the best finishing playoff driver in the race.

"I don't know if it was necessarily me making a statement, it was just Chip Ganassi Racing making a statement," said Reddick of his team's 1-2 finish. "Me and Brennan (Poole) were really fast all night.

"We had a really fast car last weekend, our mile-and-a-half program has been unreal. Mike Shiplett (crew chief) brought me from ground zero all the way to here. All the guys at Ganassi have gone above and beyond in helping me become a better driver."

Statement or not, Reddick will likely never forget the awesome circumstances surrounding his first win.

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