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No. 8 Nascar Camaro Spins On Last Lap Of 2022 Bristol Dirt Race: Video

Tyler Reddick, driver of the No. 8 Nascar Camaro, almost nailed down his first Cup Series win at the Bristol dirt race on Easter Sunday, but a last-lap incident dashed his chance at victory and handed the race win to Kyle Busch in the No. 18 Toyota TRD Camry.

Reddick’s No. 8 Camaro was scored as leader as a rainstorm paused the race in Tennessee. After a lengthy red flag, the field was finally allowed back out on the temporary dirt track to complete the third and final stage. Busch’s No. 18 Camry started in second place beside him, but he was overtaken by the No. 14 Ford Mustang of Chase Briscoe. Briscoe then set his sights on Reddick’s No. 8 Camaro.

Briscoe’s No. 14 Mustang started to cut down on the lead Reddick’s No. 8 Camaro held over the field. Meanwhile, in third place, Busch’s No. 18 Camry fended off last year’s Bristol dirt race winner, Joey Logano in the No. 22 Mustang.

When the white flag flew, Briscoe attempted to make the pass for the lead, throwing his No. 14 Mustang underneath Reddick’s No. 8 Camaro. Briscoe slid into Reddick’s side, and both of the frontrunners spun out in front of the field. Reddick gathered up his No. 8 Nascar Camaro and sent it after the checkered flag, but it was too late – Busch’s No. 18 Camry charged past him, beating him to the finish line by just .330 seconds.

Reddick was relegated to finishing second, and Briscoe was scored 22nd at the line.

“I mean, you’re racing on dirt, going for the move on the final corner,” Reddick said after the race. “It’s everything that, as a driver, you hope to battle for in his situation. Made it really exciting for the fans, so… It does suck, but we were able to finish second still. I’m being honest. I should have done a better job and pulled away so he wasn’t in range to try to make that move. That’s how I look at it.”

After the race, Briscoe tracked down Reddick and took responsibility for the incident. “I was running Tyler [Reddick] down and tried throwing a slider and didn’t expect him to drive in there on me, and I got loose,” Briscoe explained. “I was spinning either way. I feel terrible. I didn’t want to wreck him. That was my fault 100 percent. I hate it for Tyler. He’s a good friend of mine.”

Nascar Cup Series Results, Bristol Dirt Race, April 17, 2022
Finish Start Car Number Driver Team Laps Run Laps Led Car
1 11 18 Kyle Busch Mars Crunchy Cookie Toyota 250 1 Toyota TRD Camry
2 3 8 Tyler Reddick 3CHI Chevrolet 250 99 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
3 10 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 250 0 Ford Mustang
4 5 5 Kyle Larson HendrickCars.com Chevrolet 250 27 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
5 25 12 Ryan Blaney Menards/Dutch Boy Ford 250 0 Ford Mustang
6 8 48 Alex Bowman Ally Chevrolet 250 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
7 2 20 Christopher Bell DeWalt Toyota 250 0 Toyota TRD Camry
8 9 9 Chase Elliott Kelley Blue Book Chevrolet 250 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
9 17 34 Michael McDowell Love's Travel Stops Ford 250 0 Ford Mustang
10 7 42 Ty Dillon Food City/Gain Chevrolet 250 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
11 18 6 Brad Keselowski Solomon Plumbing Ford 250 0 Ford Mustang
12 21 99 Daniel Suarez Tootsies Orchid Lounge Chevrolet 250 64 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
13 1 41 Cole Custer Jacob Construction/HaasTooling Ford 250 0 Ford Mustang
14 6 31 Justin Haley LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet 250 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
15 15 17 Chris Buescher Fastenal Ford 250 0 Ford Mustang
16 20 2 Austin Cindric # Discount Tire Ford 250 0 Ford Mustang
17 23 38 Todd Gilliland # First Phase Credit Card Ford 250 0 Ford Mustang
18 19 24 William Byron Liberty University Chevrolet 250 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
19 26 7 Corey LaJoie Nations Guard Chevrolet 250 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
20 24 21 Harrison Burton # Dex Imaging Ford 250 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
21 30 19 Martin Truex Jr. Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota 250 0 Toyota TRD Camry
22 4 14 Chase Briscoe HighPoint.com Ford 250 59 Ford Mustang
23 31 10 Aric Almirola Cummins/Rush Truck Centers Ford 250 0 Ford Mustang
24 14 43 Erik Jones Food City/Tide Chevrolet 250 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
25 36 78 Josh Williams(i) Alloy Employer Services Ford 250 0 Ford Mustang
26 35 51 Cody Ware Nurtec ODT Ford 250 0 Ford Mustang
27 28 16 Noah Gragson(i) Chevy Truck Month Chevrolet 248 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
28 22 23 Bubba Wallace Columbia Sportswear Company Toyota 245 0 Toyota TRD Camry
29 16 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Kroger/Irish Spring Chevrolet 240 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
30 29 15 JJ Yeley(i) Georgia Strong/JAG Metals LLC Ford 221 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
31 12 3 Austin Dillon Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Off Road Chevrolet 211 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
32 13 45 Kurt Busch Monster Energy Toyota 211 0 Toyota TRD Camry
33 33 1 Ross Chastain Advent Health Chevrolet 150 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
34 32 4 Kevin Harvick Busch Latte Ford 100 0 Ford Mustang
35 34 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground Toyota 91 0 Toyota TRD Camry
36 27 77 Justin Allgaier(i) BRANDT Chevrolet 74 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
  • # – Rookie
  • i – Points ineligible
  • * – Part-time driver

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Alexandra Purcell: Alexandra is a Colorado-based journalist with a passion for all things involving horsepower, be it automotive or equestrian.

View Comments (7)

    • Actually, attendance has been excellent so far this year. Poor weather and scheduling on Easter were not kind to Bristol this spring.

  • Wouldn't it be easier/cheaper to go to an established dirt track? Giving up a pavement race at Bristol is a loss, too. Seems like a iffy idea to run Easter Sunday night? Didn't see what actual track attendance was. To each his own.

  • That track pretending to be a 'dirt' track is a joke.
    It was interesting seeing the cars slip and slide, but calling it a 'dirt track", with or without
    the rain, I don't think so.