Oops: Tyler Reddick slowed down with one lap to go at Homestead because he thought the race was over
If you drive a track hundreds of times, you can easily lose the number of laps. And Tyler Reddick lost the count with one lap before Sunday night in Homestead.
Reddick slowed down after taking the white flag on Sunday and thought he had just driven the 267 laps of the race. But he had completed 266 laps. He still had to run one race.
You can hear him in the video above as he steps on the gas and thanks his crew members. Then spotter Derek Kneeland and crew boss Randall Burnett immediately go on the radio and ask Reddick to continue.
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"Go on, go on," both Reddick urged.
Reddick then thanked Burnett and his crew for a great car and solid fourth place.
"Go, it's the last lap dog!" Burnett replied. Kneeland then replied with his own "go, go".
If you've ever driven past the curve or exit that you should be doing anywhere while driving, you can fully refer to Reddick's brainfart on Sunday night. And that's all of us who drove a car. We've all been through that. But just not in a NASCAR race.
Reddick was so far ahead of Aric Almirola in the last lap that he was still fourth despite the slowdown. According to NASCAR's timing and rating, his lap of over 143 mph in the last lap was about 10 mph slower than any other driver in the top 5.
Reddick is in its first year in the Cup series after winning Xfinity Series titles in a row in 2018 and 2019. He is now 17th in the points table and ahead of rookies Christopher Bell and Cole Custer.
Tyler Reddick lost the number of laps on Sunday night but was still fourth. If you've ever missed your exit or turned on the freeway, you can refer to it. (Photo by Michael Reaves / Getty Images)
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Nick Bromberg is an author for Yahoo Sports.
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