It wasn’t without effort as the pair battled hard throughout the American Ethanol 225 at Chicagoland Speedway, running inside the top-five at times and fighting back from adversity en route to top-10 finishes.
Reddick started off the race quietly inside of the top-10, breaking into the top-five through the middle portion of the event. His night took a turn with 38 laps to go when Johnny Sauter and Ben Kennedy getting ahead of him, with Kennedy’s spinning truck hitting the right rear quarter panel on Reddick’s No. 29 Ford 150. Reddick came down pit road, getting the damage patched up and returning to the track.
He was able to fight his way back into the top-five after taking two tires on a late race pit stop, battling with John Wes Townley for the fourth spot. Unfortunately, contact was made with six laps to go resulting in Townley getting into the outside wall. On the pair of restarts to close the race, Reddick ended up drifting back a bit through the field, crossing the finish line in ninth.
Custer showed more speed than Reddick throughout the night, getting himself up inside the top-five in the early stages. However, when he came down pit road on Lap 83, he was speeding coming off pit road, resulting in having to restart from the tail of the field. Custer was able to make his way back to the front, moving up back inside of the top-five.
However, there were more troubles to come. Spencer Gallagher got into the wall ahead of him, causing him to jump out of line quickly. Unfortunately, Grant Enfinger was already there, and the pair made contact, sending Enfinger through the grass with 32 laps to go. Custer stayed out, hoping to keep his track position and fight for the race win. Though when the race went green, it was evident he had a tire going flat, and when the caution flew again with 25 laps to go, he made his way down pit road.
Restarting once again from the tail of the field, he was able to make it back up to 10th by the time the checkered flag flew.
While both drivers have continued to get better over the season and contend for wins, it ultimately wasn’t enough this year. Now the focus for the rest of the year will be on getting wins.
“We had been picking up speed each week and one or two more weeks, we would’ve had one,” Reddick said. “It sucks not to be in the chase, but we will get a win before its over.”
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