Tyler Reddick beyond frustrated after second place finish

Tyler Reddick, driver of the #8 Cheddar’s Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE, races to a second place finish Sunday, February 28, 2021 during the NASCAR Cup Series Dixie Vodka 400 on the Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Jim Fluharty/HHP for Chevy Racing)

A few more laps and Tyler Reddick might have done it. A day after his second-place finish in the NASCAR Xfinity race was taken away after the car failed post-race inspection, Reddick finished second once again.

The Richard Childress Racing driver started the day 35th and like several in the field struggled during the daylight.

But when the sun set, Reddick began a march towards the front. He didn’t score any stage points, but in the closing laps had the fastest car in the field running dangerously along the wall were others feared to tread.

He moved into fourth place past Kevin Harvick on Lap 254 of 267 but was nine seconds behind leader William Byron. A battle with Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Larson slowed his progress at the wrong time and Reddick finished second, 2.7 seconds behind

“Once I really saw how fast we were in clean air, when I saw how fast we were catching everybody, it’s beyond frustrating,” said Reddick, who matched his career-best finish. “Three different decisions on restarts would have put me miles ahead, and I would have been within reach.

“Second’s great, but I saw how much faster I was than those guys at the end, so naturally, it’s frustrating.”

“I thought we would be better in the day and everyone would catch up at night, but it was the opposite of that,” Reddick said. “We learned a lot. You have to win these races by being very consistent and making the right calls as a driver and as a team. I’m proud of how fast we were at the end of the race.”