Tyler Reddick Tops Cup Series At Circuit Of The Americas; First Win With 23XI Racing

Tyler Reddick celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas Sunday (Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Holly Cain

NASCAR Wire Service

AUSTIN, Texas – Tyler Reddick prevailed in three overtime re-starts to claim his first trophy of the year – and first with his new team, 23XI Racing, with a 1.411-second victory over two-time series champion Kyle Busch in the EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix – the NASCAR Cup Series’ first road course race of the season.

It was a field of international champions and NASCAR’s very best at the famed Circuit of The Americas course but for most of the race the outcome looked to be decided in a good ole Texas duel between the two fastest cars all weekend driven by Reddick and Hendrick Motorsports’ William Byron. The pair exchanged the lead, lap after exciting lap for most of the afternoon.

And on the final two-lap restart Reddick was able to put his No. 45 23XI Racing Toyota out front exiting Turn 1 – a tight left-hander – and power forward to the lead; while Busch and third-place finisher Alex Bowman, fourth-place finisher – and defending race winner – Ross Chastain and fifth-place Byron fought door-to-door bumper-to-bumper as they chased after him.

“I’ve been wanting to win here in a Cup car for a long time,” the 27-year-old Californian Reddick said, who now has four NASCAR Cup Series wins, but noted this was his first as a Toyota driver and with his 23XI Racing Team – co-owned by fellow competitor Denny Hamlin and NBA superstar Michael Jordan.

“It means the world,” said Reddick, who sat down on the track and leaned against his car with a bag of ice after winning to cool down on the typically Texas-hot afternoon. “This whole 23XI team has been working hard all winter long to make the road course program better and was extremely motivated to come in here and improve performance. Just so proud of this Monster Energy team and TRD (Toyota Racing Development). All the resources they’ve put in to turn around the road course program means a lot.”

As often happens late in a road course race, patience lags and urgency increases. That was certainly the case Sunday with three different overtime restarts deciding the outcome. Reddick and Byron’s No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet combined to lead 69 of the race’s 75 laps with Reddick out front a race best 41 of those, most of them after hard-fought challenges and back-and-forth corner after corner with the race polesitter Byron.

“It feels good to get a top five, but we had a top-two race car really with the 45, he was really better than everybody, but I thought we were a close second,” said Byron, a two-race winner already in 2023, whose fifth-place finish at COTA was his career best on a road course. “We’ll keep building on it.”

Busch’s runner-up effort was an impressive comeback. He had been mid-pack for most of the afternoon but gambled on fuel strategy to move forward during some late race cautions in regulation.

“Even if we were on equal tires, they were lights out,” said Busch, driver of the No. 8 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet.

“Overall, for as much effort as we put into coming here and focusing on this place and all the testing we did in the offseason, we’re coming out of here with a good finish. Tyler’s obviously a really good road course racer.”

In addition to the NASCAR stars, the field that raced Sunday included four big names from other racing genres including IMSA champion Jordan Taylor, who drove the No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet for injured former COTA winner Chase Elliott; a pair of former Formula One champions in Jenson Button and Kimi Raikkonen and popular IndyCar Series regular Conor Daly.

Among these four, the Englishman Button – the 2009 Formula One champion – claimed the top finishing position, 18th in the No. 15 Rick Ware Racing Ford. Taylor, a two-time winner at COTA in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Series finished 24th but made a huge impression in his debut after qualifying fourth.

Raikkonen, the 2007 F1 World Champion from Finland, finished 29th but ran as high as fourth place late in the race. Daly only got 16 laps into the race before his team had to take his No. 50 The Money Team Racing Chevrolet behind the wall for extended repairs. He finished 36th.

Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson didn’t even get a full lap of green flag racing in only his second start of the 2023 season. The owner-driver of the No. 84 Legacy Motor Club Chevrolet was collected in a multi-car accident that eliminated his Chevrolet and left him 38th in the standings.

Team Penske’s Austin Cindric, 2023 DAYTONA 500 winner Ricky Stenhouse Jr., RFK Racing’s Chris Buescher, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Ty Gibbs and Front Row Motorsports’ Todd Gilliland rounded out the top-10.

Chastain takes over the championship lead by 19 points over Busch. Ty Gibbs, who finished ninth, continues to lead the Sunoco Rookie of the Year points standings.

The NASCAR Cup Series returns to competition next Sunday in the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond (Va.) Raceway (3:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

NASCAR Cup Series Race – EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix

Circuit of The Americas

Austin, Texas

Sunday, March 26, 2023

                1. (2)  Tyler Reddick, Toyota, 75.

                2. (9)  Kyle Busch, Chevrolet, 75.

                3. (6)  Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 75.

                4. (12)  Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, 75.

                5. (1)  William Byron, Chevrolet, 75.

                6. (3)  Austin Cindric, Ford, 75.

                7. (18)  Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Chevrolet, 75.

                8. (32)  Chris Buescher, Ford, 75.

                9. (17)  Ty Gibbs #, Toyota, 75.

                10. (36)  Todd Gilliland, Ford, 75.

                11. (27)  Corey LaJoie, Chevrolet, 75.

                12. (20)  Michael McDowell, Ford, 75.

                13. (29)  Kevin Harvick, Ford, 75.

                14. (13)  Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 75.

                15. (19)  Chase Briscoe, Ford, 75.

                16. (21)  Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 75.

                17. (25)  Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 75.

                18. (24)  Jenson Button, Ford, 75.

                19. (23)  Justin Haley, Chevrolet, 75.

                20. (10)  Noah Gragson #, Chevrolet, 75.

                21. (38)  Ryan Blaney, Ford, 75.

                22. (16)  Harrison Burton, Ford, 75.

                23. (8)  Erik Jones, Chevrolet, 75.

                24. (4)  Jordan Taylor, Chevrolet, 75.

                25. (37)  Cody Ware, Ford, 75.

                26. (33)  Josh Bilicki(i), Chevrolet, 75.

                27. (5)  Daniel Suarez, Chevrolet, 75.

                28. (15)  Joey Logano, Ford, 75.

                29. (22)  Kimi Raikkonen, Chevrolet, 75.

                30. (39)  Aric Almirola, Ford, 74.

                31. (14)  Christopher Bell, Toyota, Accident, 73.

                32. (26)  Ryan Preece, Ford, Accident, 68.

                33. (28)  Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, Accident, 62.

                34. (7)  AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, Accident, 60.

                35. (30)  Brad Keselowski, Ford, Driveshaft, 56.

                36. (35)  Conor Daly, Chevrolet, Transmission, 16.

                37. (11)  Bubba Wallace, Toyota, Accident, 10.

                38. (31)  Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, DVP, 0.

                39. (34)  Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, Accident, 0.

Average Speed of Race Winner:  72.886 mph.

Time of Race:  3 Hrs, 30 Mins, 32 Secs. Margin of Victory:  1.411 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  8 for 17 laps.

Lead Changes:  16 among 7 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   W. Byron 1-5;A. Cindric 6-7;T. Reddick 8-12;W. Byron 13-23;T. Reddick 24-31;C. Buescher 32;W. Byron 33-38;T. Reddick 39-41;W. Byron 42;J. Logano 43;W. Byron 44-46;T. Reddick 47-57;D. Suarez 58;C. Bell 59;T. Reddick 60-61;W. Byron 62-63;T. Reddick 64-75.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  Tyler Reddick 6 times for 41 laps; William Byron 6 times for 28 laps; Austin Cindric 1 time for 2 laps; Christopher Bell 1 time for 1 lap; Joey Logano 1 time for 1 lap; Chris Buescher 1 time for 1 lap; Daniel Suarez 1 time for 1 lap.

Stage #1 Top Ten: 24,2,16,48,1,99,8,9,20,41

Stage #2 Top Ten: 45,3,34,4,17,47,5,43,14,42


  1. Tough up and down day for preece.
    Missed “Ess’s” and Nascar penalizes him with pass through penalty. Then, he was too fast on his pass through penalty. Gotta clean that up.
    In any case, through pit sequences, and hard driving, hung around in 10th place for quite a while until stuff wore out, fuel got low, and had to pit again. But, that made it so he and 5 others could stay out, on the last sequences of restarts at the end.
    Lost some positions on the first restart, back to 8 th. Hung in for restart #2, as he just escaped the carnage behind him. On the next restart, well, not so lucky. All those restarts, everyone drives deep on that hairpin turn. Just not enough real estate. About 6 wide going in on those restarts. Nobody intentionally taking anyone out, just a product of that situation imo.
    Maybe single file restart with 10 to go at that road course might be in order. But im sure fans dont want to see that. Reddick certainly class of field.

  2. Wild day for Preece. But the team did a good job staying on the cycle with the lead cars most of the day. Incredible to come back from the penalties, but then, that happens on a long track.

    Was in the top 10 near the end, when racing deals happen, and it happened again.


  3. Our man Preece getting hammered pretty well on Facebook for whining about drivers he views as “hacks”. It was Gibbs I believe that turned him around and who he eluded to in his comment indirectly. Could Gibbs have dialed it back seeing the 5 or 6 abreast in front of him in an impossible corner I think so. You all can see it on Youtube with a couple different shots what do you think?
    I trust Preece is on to something with his complaints, others have made them as well. However complaining does him no good no matter how much pressure is on him nor how correct he it. In the end you can only control what’s in your power to control. In this race if the team and Preece had avoided previous miscues they may have been in a more advantageous position at the end.

  4. Ryan seems to be almost too nice and respectful. Unfortunately and sadly there is no respect for other drivers and racing clean in Cup. He needs to just pay it back and drive accordingly. Yes you have to save the car and be intelligent but at the end of the race is when the winners just send it, so yo better expect that and/or do it yourself. NASCAR loves the chaos of the “wild finishes”. Ryan needs to understand that he has not joined a higher elite class of racers only more successful and highly funded ones.

  5. What Rich said.

  6. Another rough day for Preece. Looked like he had at least a top 15, or better till that mess in turn 1. Reddick was stout all day. Good race, I like the idea of stage racing without breaks.

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