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Reddick on pole for inaugural EchoPark Automotive Texas Grand Prix NASCAR Cup Series race at Circuit of The Americas

by Mike Haag | Posted on Sunday, May 23rd, 2021

By Mike Haag, Raceday San Antonio

AUSTIN, Texas – Tyler Reddick earned the pole during qualifying Sunday for the inaugural EchoPark Automotive Texas Grand Prix NASCAR Cup Series race at Circuit of The Americas.

Tyler Reddick. Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Reddick, driving his No. 8 Cheddar’s Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing, recorded a lap time clocked at 132.911 seconds, 92.363 mph.  It was his first Busch Pole Award in 52 NASCAR Cup Series races for the 25-year old racer.  He will also be making his second top-10 start this season when the green flag waves at 1:30 p.m.

“This pole is a huge testament to all the hard work everyone does at RCR, ECR, and Chevrolet. Road racing has been a big challenge in my career and I’ve worked really hard to get better at it,” Reddick said.  “Running yesterday’s NXS race helped me with some valuable seat time, so it’s great to see all that hard work come together with a pole. It’s a great way to start the day in our Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Chevrolet and hopefully get Chevrolet their 800th win in NASCAR.”

Kyle Larson was second fastest in the No. 5 Chevrolet at 133.011, 92.293 mph.  Larson posted his eighth top-10 start of 2021.

Rounding out the top 12 were Austin Cindric, Kyle Busch, William Byron, Joey Logano, AJ Allmendinger, Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, Christopher Bell, Kevin Harvick and Alex Bowman.  Cindric will be making his first top-10 start in five races this season.

Starting grid: 12114_STARTROW

About the Author

Mike Haag has covered motorsports in San Antonio and South Texas for more than 34 years. In addition to covering motorsports for the San Antonio Express-News for nearly 28 years, Mike also has co-hosted TrackSmack with Dawn Murphy for 17 race seasons. In addition to being a writer, Mike taught high school English and Journalism for 30 years before retiring in May, 2020.