ECR engines made a powerful statement on Friday night at Daytona International Speedway. Richard Childress Racing’s Tyler Reddick started the No. 2 Gimme Country Chevrolet on the pole, securing the starting positions during both of the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series races at the 2.5-mile track. Leading the opening laps of the race, Reddick faced adversity shortly thereafter going a lap down after an early-race spin. Gaining his lap back and working his way back to the front, Reddick finished 17th after giving up his top-5 position due to a tire rub which forced him to pit with less than 10 laps to go in the Coca-Cola Firecracker 250.
"That was a much more wild race than what we saw when we were at Daytona in February. It was great to start off the day by capturing our second-consecutive pole award this year here. That’s a huge testament to everything everyone at RCR and ECR is doing back at the shop," stated Reddick.
Kaulig Racing, technical alliance team for RCR, had three entries in the Friday night rain-delayed race under the lights. Team owner Matt Kaulig’s Chevrolets showed up to the track ready to put up a fight, and that they did. Driver Ross Chastain powered the No. 16 Chevrolet across the finish line first, giving Kaulig Racing its first NASCAR Xfinity win in team history.
"The guys right here (from Kaulig Racing and ECR Engines) gave me a car that could win at Daytona! I watched these races in July as a kid, and I never could come to the track because we were growing watermelons," Chastain said, elated, during his post-race interview.
The race ended with eight of the top ten positions belonging to Chevrolets, and 86 of the 100 laps led by Kaulig Racing.