For most of Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Daytona, Tyler Reddick had struggled to push or be pushed in the draft due to a problem with the exhaust in his car.
But that all changed in overtime after an 18-car crash left just a few cars remaining. There were five overtime restarts, and on the final one, Reddick started on the inside front row with Elliott Sadler behind him.
“When there was not very many cars left and I was one of the few left to push, I guess they had no choice but to push me,” Reddick said via NBC Sports.
Seconds later, a push from Sadler gave Reddick the room to clear Ryan Reed and Ryan Truex, and Reddick was able to beat Sadler by 0.0004 for the closest victory in NASCAR history.
Reddick’s win was his first since his grandmother, Carolyn Brown, passed away from health complications in October. Reddick said that extra push that helped him win the race had to have come from up above.
“That little extra push that we got, Elliott was her helping us, that?s how we looked at,” Reddick said.
It was Reddick’s second career Xfinity Series win, and now he’ll set his sights on winning his first career championship in the series.