Daytona Beach, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Nineteen-year-old Tyler Reddick became a first-time race winner in the Camping World Truck Series by taking Friday night's season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway.
Reddick led a race-high 46 laps, including the final 33, to claim his maiden victory in the series. He is driving the No. 19 Ford for Brad Keselowski Racing full-time this season.
"It feels amazing," Reddick said. "I can't begin to say how thankful I am for everybody who is a part of the Brad Keselowski Racing (No. 19) team. Everyone here made this possible, and I wouldn't be in victory lane tonight if it wasn't for each and every one of them."
Erik Jones, driving the No. 4 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota in the full 23- race schedule in 2015, charged from fourth coming out of the final turn of the last lap to finish second, just 0.174 seconds behind Reddick.
"I had an awesome (Toyota) Tundra," Jones said. "It was fast. I wish I would have won. Second is always no fun."
Scott Lagasse Jr. placed third, while Reddick's teammate, Austin Theriault, who made his first career start in the series, crossed the line in fourth. Theriault was running second to Reddick in the closing laps but lost the position after he had exited turn 4 on the final lap.
This 250-mile race at Daytona featured two major crashes, with the biggest one occurring on lap 49, involving 12 drivers. James Buescher, a former series champion, Ben Kennedy, Timothy Peters and Johnny Sauter were among those caught up in that wreck.
Earlier in the day, Peters was involved in an accident with Norm Benning during qualifying. Peters had to go to a backup truck and started this race from the rear of the field. He had finished a close second to Kyle Busch in last year's truck event at Daytona.
The first big crash in the race happened on lap 15, with 10 trucks involved in that incident.
Ray Black Jr. finished a career-best fifth, followed by David Gilliland, a Sprint Cup Series regular, Bryan Silas and Matt Crafton, the two-time defending truck champion. Daniel Suarez and Johnny Sauter completed the top-10.
Ty Dillon started on the pole and led 37 of the first 50 laps before Reddick took command of the race. Dillon ended up finishing 11th.