It was worth the wait.
After the Xfinity Series race needed to go to a fifth overtime attempt Saturday afternoon at Daytona International Speedway, the margin of victory between Tyler Reddick and Elliott Sadler ended up being 0.000 seconds, officially the closest finish in NASCAR national series history.
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Officials had to review photo evidence to declare Reddick the winner over his JR Motorsports teammate.
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“He did a really good job of coming down on me right at the last minute to slow me down enough to get to me,” Sadler said. “But I still thought we were really at the line, which we were. But I didn’t know. I just didn’t know, and it’s hard to tell a lot of times with the angle that you’ve got [in the car].
“When my spotter came on the radio and said it was the 9 car, my balloon got deflated pretty quick.”
Said Reddick, “That was insane. I just saw a picture of it 10 minutes ago and it’s not much. … It just came down to the side draft.”
The previous closest finish was a 1995 Camping World Truck Series race at Colorado National Speedway where the margin was 0.001 seconds.