Tyler Reddick

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Racing career

Early career


Reddick's 2013 Truck

Reddick began his racing career at the age of four, competing in Outlaw Karts; soon after he was competing in mini sprints, midgets, dirt late models, and sprint cars.[1] He was the youngest driver to qualify for the pole position at Eldora Speedway World 100, the youngest driver to win at the East Bay Winter Nationals, and the youngest winning driver in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.[2] He is also the youngest driver ever to qualify for a feature race in World of Outlaws sprint car racing.[3]


Reddick made his debut in the ARCA Racing Series in 2012; in October of that year, Reddick won in his first career start in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East at Rockingham Speedway.[4]


Camping World Truck Series

Reddick made his debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in April 2013, driving for Ken Schrader Racing at Rockingham Speedway; he was involved in an accident during the race, and finished 30th.[5]



Reddick's No. 29 F-150, sporting a special paint scheme for the 2016 Careers for Veterans 200 at Michigan International Speedway.

In November 2013, it was announced that Reddick had been signed by Brad Keselowski Racing to compete in the Camping World Truck Series; he was scheduled to drive the team's No. 19 Ford in 16 events in the series in 2014, before running the full series schedule for the team in 2015.[1] On February 20, 2015, Reddick got his first career victory in the Camping World Truck Series at Daytona. On May 29, Reddick got his second career victory in the Truck Series at Dover. He led the points during the later stages of the summer until wrecking at Mosport, at which point he surrendered the lead to eventual champion Erik Jones. Reddick would ultimately finish second in his first full year of competition.


In 2016, Reddick returned to BKR switching the No. 19 to the No. 29, with his new BKR teammate Hemric using his previous No. 19. Reddick started the season with a crash at Daytona, finishing 18th. Reddick would have been a contention for the championship in 2016, but he failed to make it into the playoff. Reddick would win at Las Vegas, for his first victory of the season. On November 10, 2016, it was announced that Reddick would not return to BKR next season.


Xfinity Series

Eight days after the BKR announcement, Reddick joined Chip Ganassi Racing to drive the No. 42 Chevrolet Camaro in the Xfinity Series on a part-time basis starting in 2017.[6] In September that year, he won his first Xfinity race at Kentucky Speedway after leading 66 laps and winning with a 14-second advantage over teammate Brennan Poole.[7] A month later, Reddick won his first Xfinity pole at Kansas Speedway.



Reddick's No. 9 Xfinity championship car

On September 14, 2017, Reddick was signed by JR Motorsports to a full-time schedule for the 2018 Xfinity season, replacing William Byron, who was promoted to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, in the No. 24 car.[8] On February 17, 2018, Reddick beat teammate Elliott Sadler in a photo finish to win the season-opening race at Daytona. At a margin of .0004 seconds, it is the closest finish in NASCAR history.[9] Although he did not win again for the remainder of the regular season, he qualified for the playoffs and reached the Championship Round. In the season finale at Homestead, Reddick won the race and his first Xfinity Series championship.[10]


On October 31, 2018, it was announced that Reddick will switch from JR Motorsports to Richard Childress Racing in 2019.[11] Reddick explained that his move to RCR was for a better chance to run in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in the near future.[12] In April 2019, Reddick won his first race with RCR in the MoneyLion 300 at Talladega.[13] At the end of the Kansas race, Reddick got into a fight with Cole Custer on pit road.[14] At the 2019 O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway, Reddick scored his fourth pole of the season and would lead 32 laps before crashing and finishing 29th in the final order.[15] Reddick won at Homestead to claim his second consecutive Xfinity Series championship.[16]



Reddick's 2019 Xfinity car is pushed to the grid at the 2019 O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. Reddick would finish 29th after starting on the pole.

Reddick returned to the Xfinity Series for the 2021 season opener at Daytona, driving a newly-opened No. 03 car for Our Motorsports.[17] However, the car missed the race as qualifying was rained out.[18] Two weeks later at Homestead, Reddick moved to RSS Racing's No. 23 in a partnership with Our;[19] he finished second behind RCR's Myatt Snider, but was disqualified when his car failed the rear height requirements during post-race inspection.[20] In May, he signed with Jordan Anderson Racing to race at Circuit of the Americas.[21]


Cup Series

2019

On February 1, 2019, it was announced that Reddick would make his Cup Series debut at the 2019 Daytona 500, driving the No. 31 car for RCR.[22] After qualifying for the race as an open (non-charter) car, he started 39th. Reddick was involved in two incidents during the race: on lap 159, as he was about to pit, contact by Cody Ware sent him airborne before being hit by Jimmie Johnson, ripping Johnson's left side; on lap 191, he was involved in "The Big One" that collected 20 other drivers.[23][24]


In April, Reddick participated in qualifying at Talladega, driving the No. 62 Beard Motorsports car in place of Brendan Gaughan, who was attending his son's communion. Reddick was 29th fastest, but Gaughan started at the rear for the race under NASCAR's driver change rules.[25] In only his second MENCS start at Kansas, Reddick finished ninth.


On October 2, 2019, RCR officially announced Reddick as the driver of the No. 8 Chevrolet for the 2020 season.[26][27]


2020

Reddick scored his first top ten of the 2020 season at the first Darlington spring race, finishing 7th. At Homestead, he ran in the top-five almost all day and finished 4th, his then best-career finish, despite almost losing the position on the last lap after thinking that the race ended a lap early.[28]


Reddick nearly won the 2020 GEICO 500 at Talladega, controlling the lead in the late stages but ultimately losing it with four laps to go and finishing 20th. Reddick also contended with RCR teammate Austin Dillon for the victory at Texas after opting not to pit during a caution caused by fellow rookie Quin Houff spinning out, which moved him to the lead with 23 laps to go as a result. Reddick finished a career-best 2nd-place to Dillon, marking an RCR 1–2 finish for the first time since the 2011 Good Sam Club 500. Reddick posted 3 top-5 finishes and 9 top-10 finishes.[29] He was in playoff contention for most of the year, being 19th in points heading into the regular-season finale in the Coke Zero Sugar 400, the regular-season finale.[29] He nearly won the race, but in the late stages, he attempted to clear the No. 18 of Kyle Busch, but had not fully passed him and instead collided with Busch.[30] The contact lost Reddick the lead and he was caught up in another wreck, resulting in him missing the playoffs. He finished the season out 19th in points.[29]


2021


Reddick in the No. 8 at Sonoma Raceway in 2021

In August 2020, Reddick announced that he would be returning to the No. 8 for RCR for a second year.[31] Reddick again was close to winning, this time at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Reddick climbed up to fourth with roughly ten to go, and battled with Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Larson. However, when he finally got by both of them for good, he did not have enough time to catch race winner William Byron, despite having the fastest car on the track. Reddick's consistency and a fifth-place finish at the 2021 Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona enabled him to make the playoffs for the first time.[32] Reddick was eliminated from the playoffs following the conclusion of the Round of 16 at Bristol.[33] He finished the season 13th in the points standings.[34]


Personal life

Reddick was born in Corning, California.


Reddick won naming rights to his firstborn by winning the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series championship.[35] (Courtesy Wikipedia)

Tyler Reddick

2x Xfinity Series Champion

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