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Tyler Reddick Battles Flat Tire to Top-20 at Atlanta

1Hampton, Georgia (02/24/18) - Tyler Reddick, driver of the No. 9 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Chevrolet Camaro, ran inside the top 10 throughout the first two stages of Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Rinnai 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, earning valuable regular-season points in both stages before sustaining a flat right-rear tire during a long green-flag run in the final stage, ultimately leading to a 19th-place finish.

Reddick took the green flag for the scheduled 163-lap event from the 11th position and wasted little time charging forward, moving into the top 10 for the first time on lap 2 and up to the seventh position before the first caution of the day came out on lap 10. Reddick then used a lap 16 restart to drive into the top five and maintained in this track position until the caution came out once again on lap 37. Crew chief Dave Elenz decided to take advantage of this opportunity to bring the driver of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Camaro to pit road for four fresh tires and a chassis adjustment. Taking the restart with one lap to go in the opening stage in 17th, Reddick improved 12 positions to end Stage One in fifth, earning six valuable stage points.

The Corning, Calif., native continued to fight for position inside the top five throughout the caution-free second stage, running as high as fourth before a tight-handling condition made it difficult to run the yellow line rolling through the corner. Despite being tight, Reddick took the green and checkered flag at the end of Stage Two on lap 80 in the fifth position and once again scored six more valuable stage points.

After pitting for four tires and fuel before the final stage, Reddick took the lap 88 restart in fifth but ultimately settled in to the sixth position before the first round of green-flag pit stops began on lap 126. Returning to the track in sixth, Reddick steadily began to move forward before a flat right-rear tire forced the driver of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Camaro to make an unscheduled green-flag pit stop on lap 138.

As a result of the unscheduled stop, Reddick returned to the track off of the lead lap in 21st but after utilizing a never give up attitude, rejoined the top 20 in the closing laps to take the checkered flag in the 19th position.

Kevin Harvick went home with the victory with Joey Logano, Christopher Bell, John Hunter Nemecheck and JR Motorsports teammate Elliott Sadler rounding out the top-five.

Tyler Reddick, driver No. 9 Nationwide Children’s Hospital team
“I want to thank all my guys on this JR Motorsports team for their hard work this weekend. They did a great job all day today with our Nationwide Children’s Hospital Camaro. It’s unfortunate that that flat tire got us. But we will keep fighting and get ready to get after it again next week.”