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Tyler Reddick

Tyler Reddick, driver of the No. 9 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Chevrolet Camaro, improved 30 positions over the course of Saturday’s rain-marred NASCAR Xfinity Series DC Solar 200 at ISM Raceway, after having to start at the rear of the field following an incident in qualifying, to earn a 10th-place finish. With the result, Reddick is now second in the championship standings and trails JR Motorsports teammate Elliott Sadler by one point.

Reddick took the green flag for the 200-lap event from the 40th position after an incident during qualifying on Saturday morning, forcing the JRM driver to go to a backup car and start at the rear of the field. Despite starting at the rear, the driver of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Camaro wasted little time moving forward, improving 16 positions before the first caution of the afternoon came out on lap 26. After pitting for four tires and fuel, Reddick continued to climb forward, racing into the top 20 and up to 17th by the completion of the opening stage on lap 45. 

Following a lengthy red flag for rain at the conclusion of Stage One, crew chief Dave Elenz made the decision to keep Reddick on the track for the beginning of Stage Two while several of the race leaders came to pit road. The call to stay out paid off as Reddick took the green to begin the second stage as the race leader. After battling for the lead for several laps, fresher tires prevailed as the JRM driver settled in to the fifth position before a tight-handling condition shuffled Reddick back to ninth prior to the caution coming out once again on lap 82. Elenz chose to take this opportunity to have Reddick return to pit road for four fresh tires in the hopes of being able to stay out once again at the beginning of the third stage. However, following the stop the skies opened up and rain forced NASCAR to once again display the red flag. After a 25-minute delay, Reddick lined up for the one-lap shootout to end Stage Two in the 17th position and utilized a three-wide move to race into 14th when the green-and-white checkered flag came out on lap 90.

With the majority of the race leaders coming to pit road in between stages, the decision by Elenz to pit just prior to the completion of Stage Two paid off once again as Reddick remained on the racetrack to begin the final stage, taking the restart on lap 96 from the fourth position. The Corning, Calif. native maintained his top-five track position until the tight-handling condition returned, causing Reddick to slide back to the 10th position just before the lone round of green-flag pit stops began on lap 171. After pitting for four tires and a chassis adjustment, the driver of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Camaro returned to the track in 18th before charging back toward the front, only needing two laps to rejoin the top 15 and 10 laps to move back into the top 10.

In the end, Reddick crossed the finish line for the final time in the 10th position. Reddick has now finished in the top 10 in three of the first four races to begin the 2018 season. 

Brad Keselowski scored the victory with JRM teammate Justin Allgaier, Kyle Busch, Christopher Bell and Jamie McMurray rounding out the top five.

Tyler Reddick, driver No. 9 Nationwide Children’s Hospital team
“Today was a good day, especially after overcoming what happened in qualifying. I can’t thank my guys enough on this Nationwide Children’s Hospital Chevy for all their hard work today. They never gave up and fought hard to get this car ready to race. We made the best of a tough situation this morning and I’m really proud of everyone. I can’t wait to get to Fontana next weekend and get after it again.”