Tyler Reddick Secures Pole Position at Darlington with Tim Richmond Tribute Car

Tyler Reddick clinched the pole position for the Goodyear 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway with a lap of 28.906 seconds at 170.124 mph. Reddick's No. 45 23XI Racing Toyota Camry features a throwback paint scheme honoring the late Tim Richmond.

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Tyler Reddick Secures Pole Position at Darlington with Tim Richmond Tribute Car

Tyler Reddick Secures Pole Position at Darlington with Tim Richmond Tribute Car

Tyler Reddick clinched the pole position for the Goodyear 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina on Saturday, May 11, 2024. Driving the No. 45 23XI Racing Toyota Camry featuring a throwback paint scheme honoring the late Tim Richmond, Reddick turned a blistering lap of 28.906 seconds at 170.124 mph in the final round of qualifying.

Reddick edged out Brad Keselowski for the top starting spot by a mere 0.018 seconds, with Keselowski clocking in at 170.018 mph to secure his best qualifying effort of the season. Chris Buescher qualified third, giving RFK Racing two cars in the top three. The rest of the top 10 qualifiers include Ty Gibbs, William Byron, Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin, Bubba Wallace, Ross Chastain, and Martin Truex Jr.

This marks Reddick's first pole of the 2024 season, his first at Darlington, and the seventh of his Cup Series career. The 27-year-old driver not only paid tribute to Richmond with his car's retro design but also sported a mustache reminiscent of the charismatic driver who won poles at Darlington in 1983 and 1986. "Just really excited that this Tim Richmond throwback Camry is going to be starting on the pole," Reddick said. "He was the type of driver, in my opinion — when he was at the track or away from the track — he was always living life to the fullest and really happy living the life he (led)."

The Goodyear 400 is set to take the green flag on Sunday, May 12, at approximately 3 p.m. ET, with television coverage on FOX Sports 1. All 36 chartered entries will compete in the 293-lap event on the challenging 1.366-mile egg-shaped oval. Among other notable performances, William Byron will start fifth in an early 2010s Jeff Gordon throwback car, while Josh Berry drove a machine paying homage to crew chief Rodney Childers. Erik Jones, returning from a two-race injury absence, will roll off 30th.

With his seventh career pole position, Tyler Reddick aims to translate his qualifying speed into his first victory at Darlington Raceway. The young star has recorded three top-three finishes in his last four starts at the historic South Carolina track, demonstrating his strong performance at the venue. As the Cup Series field takes on NASCAR Throwback Weekend, Reddick leads the charge in honoring the sport's past while pursuing a momentous win in the present.

Key Takeaways

  • Tyler Reddick wins pole position for Goodyear 400 at Darlington.
  • Reddick's lap time: 28.906 seconds at 170.124 mph.
  • This is Reddick's 1st pole of 2024 and 7th of his Cup Series career.
  • Reddick's car features a throwback paint scheme honoring Tim Richmond.
  • The Goodyear 400 takes place on Sunday, May 12, at 3 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.