THROWBACK: When Tyler Reddick Celebrated Too Early and Almost Lost a Place at Homestead-Miami

Published 02/25/2021, 12:05 PM EST
HOMESTEAD, FLORIDA – NOVEMBER 16: Tyler Reddick, driver of the #2 Tame the Beast Chevrolet, looks on during qualifying for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)


In sport, one of the worst things that players can do is perform a premature celebration. Unfortunately, poor old Tyler Reddick found that out the hard way during the 2020 Dixie Vodka 400 Cup race at Homestead-Miami.

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The driver was running in 4th place and battling for P3 when he crossed the line to start the final lap. His spotter told him, “White flag here. If we can get him, great! If not, still a hell of a night. Keep it clean”.

However, Reddick took it as a sign that the race was over, so he decided to take his foot off the gas, forcing his Crew Chief to frantically yell at him to keep going, because the race was not over yet.

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The bad news was that Reddick still had not got the message and was thanking the team for his race. Finally, his exasperated crew chief yelled, “Goooooooo! It’s the last lap, dog!”.

Luckily, Tyler Reddick was able to snap out of it and maintain his position on the track. From there, the driver went on to finish in a fine 4th place.

Tyler Reddick will be hoping to avoid such an embarrassing gaffe

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Of course, Reddick must have been quite mortified that he nearly lost out on a good position due to his own fault. It only goes to show that drivers need to be aware of their surroundings and pay attention.

Even though the team told him that it was the last lap, he still had the impression that it was over. Lots of races have been won and lost due to a lapse in concentration and judgment.

Without a doubt, Tyler Reddick will be careful about the lap-time counter and his team radio. Truthfully speaking, he was supremely lucky that he did not lose any positions when he backed off. Now, the driver will be looking forward to this weekend’s race at Homestead and redemption.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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