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Reddick drives from last to 1st to win Bristol

By JENNA FRYERAugust 17, 2019
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Justin Allgaier (7) leads Tyler Reddick (2) during the NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in Bristol, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)
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Justin Allgaier (7) leads Tyler Reddick (2) during the NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in Bristol, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Tyler Reddick drove from last to first and won the Xfinity Series race Friday night at Bristol Motor Speedway after leader Justin Allgaier hit the wall late.

Reddick, the Xfinity Series points leader and defending series champion, had to start last in the field because his car failed inspection four times before the race. His crew chief was ejected, Reddick wasn’t allowed to post a qualifying time, and he had to serve a pass-thru penalty at the start of the race.

“We just had some issues in tech, nothing crazy,” Reddick said.

Reddick still managed to drive his way to the front and pounced when Allgaier bounced off the wall with 11 laps remaining. Allgaier led 131 laps but dropped to eighth.

“I don’t know how you process it,” Allgaier said. “I don’t know what else to do, man. I feel like we deserve a win.”

Only six cars finished on the lead lap.

Kyle Busch led 137 laps and won the second stage but immediately went behind the wall with an engine failure. He finished 29th.

“It just all of a sudden started about five, six laps before the stage ended,” Busch said. “Coming off the corner I got back into the gas and it broke and just tried to limp it home and that was all she had.”

But Busch, an eight-time Cup winner at Bristol, had a poor qualifying effort and will start 31st Saturday night.

Chase Briscoe finished second, followed by John Hunter Nemecheck, Jeremy Clements, pole-sitter Austin Cindric and Gray Gaulding was the last car on the lead lap.

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