BRISTOL, Tenn — Tyler Reddick entered the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series postseason with the distinction of sleeper status. He had a pair of wins on the season including taking 4 top 7 finishes over the final 6 weeks to the regular season with him to the Southern 500. 3 of those 4 top 7’s were a top 2 result at that.
He’d then go out and finish 3rd at Darlington to keep that momentum going.
However, a cut tire while leading last week in Kansas then being collected in that Lap 276 crash in Saturday night’s Bass Pro Shops Night Race at Bristol eliminated him from championship contention as he’s a 1st round exit.
“Frustrating for sure,” he said on pit road. “We just — I don’t know, we thought qualifying was better for us in our Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Chevy, but we didn’t quite have the pace or the balance really to make our car better, and unfortunately the balance issues we were fighting, we were pretty much limited.
“We couldn’t really adjust on it without hurting downforce of the car overall, so we were kind of boxed in. Then we just kind of got collected in that accident back there. I checked up in time, but yeah, I got absolutely ran over from there. Caught the right front and broke the upper control arm for the second week in a row.”