There is another first-time winner in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2022. Tyler Reddick took the win away from Chase Elliott at Road America.
The Kwik Trip 250 took place on the 4-mile-long road course just outside Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The race had some incidents. However, none were severe enough to issue a caution flag in the race. The only time they yellow flag was waived was at the end of the first two stages of the race.
Chase Briscoe was the winner of stage one and Ryan Blaney claimed the win in stage two. However, those two only claimed the win because Chase Elliott chose track position over stage points.
Chase started the race from the pole position. He looked as though he would repeat last year’s domination and win of this race. Chase led a race high 36 laps in the 62-lap race.
Tyler Reddick was near the front most of the race. His team kept making his car better it seemed. During the third and final stage he was right behind Chase Elliott as the two cars pulled away from the rest of the field. With 16 laps remaining in the race, Chase made a small mistake allowing Tyler to pass him. That pass would be the winning move.
Chase tried to get back around for the lead. However, Tyler and his car were good enough to hold on to the lead for those final 16 laps. When the checkered flag waived Tyler had around a four second lead on Chase and around 20 seconds over third place.
This was Tyler’s first win in the NASCAR Cup Series. Tyler becomes the fifth driver to score their first win in the 2022 season. It marks the first time since 1950 (NASCAR’s second year in existence) that there have been five first-time winners in a single season.
Chase Elliott claimed second-place with Kyle Larson crossing the finish line third. Ross Chastain was able to win fourth-place. Daniel Suárez rounded out the top five. See the complete race results for the Kwik Trip 250 presented by JOCKEY Made in America here.
Chase Elliott remains the leader in the point standings following the race at Road America. Ryan Blaney moves up to second-place. Ross Chastain slips back to third with Kyle Busch and Joey Logano holding steady in fourth and fifth respectively. See the complete NASCAR Cup Series point standings here.
There are now 13 winners for the 2022 season in the NASCAR Cup Series. There are eight races remaining in the regular season. There is a real possibility that we could see more than three new winners in those final races before the post-season starts. If that happens there will be a driver with a win that does NOT get in the Playoffs.
We will see if we get a step closer to that happening this coming weekend at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in the Quaker State 400 Sunday, July 10th.
By: Buck Stevens