DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY, F.L.—
A checkered flag and another ticket to the playoffs, calls for a successful weekend for Austin Dillon and the rest of Team Richard Childress Racing. The No. 3 Breztri Chevrolet and No. 8 Cheddar’s Chevrolet took home 1st and 2nd place after Sunday’s Coke Zero Sugar 400. The last time RCR took home both 1st and 2nd was in 2020 at the Texas race.
Friday was a challenge for everyone due to the weather. Practice and qualifying were cancelled for the Cup Series, automatically starting Tyler Reddick in the 6th position and Austin Dillon in 21st for the Coke Zero Sugar 400.
After rain, thunderstorms, and multiple attempts to dry the track on Saturday, NASCAR officially called the race later that evening, moving the new start time to Sunday at 10:00 a.m. EST. However, there was no raining on Team RCR’s parade.
The No. 3 and No. 8 Chevrolets held nothing back on Sunday. After 400 miles, 160 laps, 7 cautions, and a rain delay, Dillon and Reddick came out on top. With a little teamwork, RCR made the playoffs dream work.
“There was a lot going on there getting into Turn 1 with the No. 2 (Austin Cindric). I was afraid that if I waited too long somebody would wreck behind us, so I wanted to go ahead and get the lead. I had a big run to him and then I had my teammate, Tyler Reddick, back there. I knew we were in good shape there to the end. Tyler did a good job checking up any kind of run, just a little too much push there and I got him loose,” said Dillon.
After being forced to enter a closed pit with 21 laps to go, Reddick knew he had to get the job done on the final restart.
“I knew I was going to have to try really, really hard on that restart. Just had to fight really, really hard when everyone singled out and there weren’t many cars left at the end there. I was just trying to get to Austin Dillon. I knew he was going to need some allies there at the end of the race to go make the move on the No. 2.”
Both RCR Cup drivers are locked in and ready for the first-round of playoffs this weekend in Darlington, South Carolina.