NASCAR 2024 GEICO 500 highlights and results: Reddick wins in Talladega

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Reddick comes through for first Cup win

The NASCAR Cup Series’ GEICO 500 was oddly clean for a Talladega Superspeedway race, until it wasn’t. After the first two stages were spent conserving fuel, everyone cranked it up a notch in Stage 3 but perhaps went too overboard.

As Michael McDowell was clipped by Brad Keselowski trying to hold him off for the win, triggering a massive crash that collected much of the field, Tyler Reddick was able to sneak by to score his first Cup win at a superspeedway.

Unofficial Talladega Top 10

  1. (45) Tyler Reddick, Toyota
  2.  ⁠(6) Brad Keselowski, Ford
  3. (10) Noah Gragson, Ford
  4. (47) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Chevrolet
  5. (48) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet
  6. (62) Anthony Alfredo, Chevrolet
  7. (24) William Byron, Chevrolet
  8. (38) Todd Gilliland, Ford
  9. (31) Daniel Hemric, Chevrolet
  10. (21) Harrison Burton, Ford

Lap 188/188: Tyler Reddick escapes with the win in last-lap wreck

Michael McDowell seemed poised to win as the inside line surged ahead, but his attempts to block an advancing Brad Keselowski in the tri-oval ends in disaster.

Reddick slips by to score his first win of 2024.

Lap 187/188: Final lap

One more lap to go. McDowell and Reddick continue to lead.

178/188: 10 laps to go

As the race enters its final laps, Michael McDowell is facing an onslaught of cars as he jumped between inside and outside lanes to block before committing to the inside. 

He is seeking his third career NASCAR Cup Series win and second at a superspeedway. Tyler Reddick rides alongside him on the outside.

Lap 160/188: Back to green

Back underway. Tyler Reddick, who was leading the Toyota chain when the crash happened, leads the field back to green alongside McDowell. Reddick, Martin Truex Jr., and Ty Gibbs are the only Toyotas to escape the onslaught.

Jones, who was reporting back pain after hitting the wall, has been cleared and released from the infield medical centre.

Lap 155/188: Catastrophe for the Toyotas 

Toyota’s strategy of riding at the back and saving fuel has ended in disaster.

As the Camrys ran single file, Denny Hamlin’s push into John Hunter Nemechek inadvertently clipped Hamlin’s 23XI Racing employee Bubba Wallace instead. This got Wallace loose and sent him into Erik Jones, turning him into the outside wall in Turn 3.

Lap 154/188: Clashing strategies on fuel saving

With less than 40 laps to go and the fuel window being roughly 44 laps, drivers and their teams will have to figure out if they should continue to play it safe or push now.

Brad Keselowski, currently running third, intends to push as much as possible to prevent those around him from riding around. McDowell and his team-mate Gilliland are relying on each other in the draft to support the other. In the Toyota camp, everyone has opted to drop to the back and ride along the shorter inside line; Tyler Reddick is the highest running Toyota in 28th.

Lap 133/188: Bell, Briscoe, Haley crash

For those wondering why Talladega has been oddly clean so far, wonder no more.

Christopher Bell has heavy damage after a collision from Justin Haley, brought upon by Chase Elliott hitting Haley as the outside lane bunched up. Chase Briscoe spun to avoid them.

Lap 127/188: Stage 3 begins

The third and final stage is underway. Logano and Chastain lead the field back to green with their allies Blaney and Busch in tow, respectively.

The top four quickly pull away from the field before organising into single file along the outside.

Lap 120/188: Logano wins Stage 2

Joey Logano scores the Stage 2 victory after a frantic late run by the field. It is his 40th career stage win.

  1. (22) Joey Logano, Ford
  2. (2) Austin Cindric, Ford
  3. (5) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet
  4. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet
  5. (1) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet
  6. (45) Tyler Reddick, Toyota
  7. (17) Chris Buescher, Ford
  8. (41) Ryan Preece, Ford
  9. (9) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet
  10. (10) Noah Gragson, Ford

Lap 103/188: Fuel-only stops underway

Next cycle of stops are coming, many of whom are opting to just top off on fuel.

Corey LaJoie spun at the end of pit road after hitting a puddle – a fate that caused Hamlin’s own spin earlier—but the race stays green.

Lap 88/188: Fuel saving in action once again

Lap times have taken a nosedive as drivers focus on fuel conservation yet again; while most fastest laps are within the 48-second range, they are currently as many as seven seconds slower. Speeds have consequently also dropped by nearly 20mph as the field runs at around 173–178 mph.

Leader John Hunter Nemechek is currently setting a paltry 55-second lap times.

Lap 67/188: Stage 2 begins

After an impressive pit stop to gain four spots, Kyle Busch leads the field to the restart alongside Ryan Blaney. Both have manufacturer allies behind them in Elliott and Cindric, respectively.

Lap 60/188: Cindric wins Stage 1

Austin Cindric beats Chase Elliott in a drag race to the Stage 1 win by just 0.004 of a second. Elliott’s Hendrick Motorsports team-mate Larson tried his best to block both him and Cindric to avoid getting lapped, but was unable to hold on much longer as they came to the start/finish line.

  1. (2) Austin Cindric, Ford
  2. ⁠(9) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet
  3. ⁠(24) William Byron, Chevrolet
  4. ⁠(12) Ryan Blaney, Ford
  5. ⁠(8) Kyle Busch, Chevrolet
  6. ⁠(21) Harrison Burton, Ford
  7. ⁠(20) Christopher Bell, Toyota
  8. ⁠(6) Brad Keselowski, Ford
  9. ⁠(45) Tyler Reddick, Toyota
  10. ⁠(48) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet

Lap 45/188: Green flag stops underway

The field has come to pit road, in various intervals, to fuel up for the final 15-lap run to the end of Stage 1.

Denny Hamlin’s stop did not go as planned as he spun coming in and clipped Toyota ally Erik Jones. Meanwhile, Joey Logano is busted for speeding on pit road.

Lap 40/188: McLeod into the wall

BJ McLeod, one of the underdog stories going into Talladega who worked himself into position to lead the race twice, just had his Cinderella run go up in smoke as he hit the wall in Turn 3.

He lost fuel pressure as a result and will have to pit for more than just a traditional green-flag round of tyres and gas.

Lap 21/188: Fuel saving a priority again

Those critical of how the Daytona 500 in February became a chess game of conserving fuel will probably not be thrilled about its sister superspeedway having the same effect.

With 20 laps in the books, those including leader Justin Haley are already preparing to race more conservatively to save fuel.

Lap 8/188: Chastain making serious progress

After starting 32nd, 2021 Talladega winner Ross Chastain only needed seven laps to move up to 2nd as he pushes fellow Chevrolet driver Daniel Hemric to the lead.

The high line is proving to be the optimal lane so far.

Lap 1/188: Green flag

Despite the looming threat of rain, this race has started as scheduled. The first two stages are 60 laps long while Stage 3 will be 68.

Larson will serve his penalty at the start as McDowell and Cindric lead the way.

Engines fired

The starting command has been given. Fords occupy the top three starting positions. Former Daytona 500 winners Michael McDowell and Austin Cindric are on the front row, with McDowell’s Front Row team-mate Todd Gilliland starting right behind him in third.

Kyle Larson starts last and will have to serve a pass-through penalty because of an illegal roof rail that prevented him from setting a qualifying time. He will also be without his rear tyre changer and jackman, who are serving two-race suspensions due to his wheel coming off at Texas last week, and his gasman, suspended a race for an apron violation during the Xfinity Series race.

As the engines roar to life at the historic Talladega Superspeedway, the 2024 GEICO 500 promises an exhilarating spectacle of speed and strategy. This NASCAR Cup Series race is a pinnacle event in the motorsport calendar, celebrated for its high-octane thrills and fiercely competitive atmosphere.

The race, a critical mid-season showdown, spans 188 laps around the 2.66-mile superspeedway, known for its high banks and the unique challenges it poses to drivers and their teams. The drivers will navigate the tri-oval track, pushing the limits of their cars and their nerves, as they vie for crucial championship points and the prestige of winning at one of NASCAR‘s most iconic venues.

With Michael McDowell leading the pack after securing the pole position with a top speed of 182.022 mph during the qualifiers, the stage is set for a dramatic battle among the sport’s top stars. The entry list features a blend of seasoned veterans and rising stars, all prepared to take on the unpredictable nature of Talladega, where drafting and tactical alliances often dictate the race dynamics​ 

Fans attending the event or tuning in from home can expect a full weekend of activities and entertainment, ranging from the immersive Talladega Garage Experience to various fan hospitality options, enhancing the race day experience. The GEICO 500 is not just a race; it’s a celebration of motorsport culture, encapsulating the passion and adrenaline that define NASCAR racing​ 

As the countdown to the green flag begins, all eyes will be on Talladega, where history has shown that anything can happen, and often does. Whether you’re a die-hard NASCAR fan or a casual observer, the 2024 GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway is an event that promises to deliver thrilling action and unforgettable moments.

Justin Nguyen
Justin Nguyen is's resident NASCAR aficionado and is also the off-road reporter for The Checkered Flag.
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