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Tyler Reddick Makes History at Daytona!

1Daytona Beach, Florida (02/17/18) - Tyler Reddick, driver of the No. 9 BurgerFi Chevrolet Camaro, overcame several late-race cautions and survived multiple green-white-checkered restarts to earn the victory in Saturday afternoon’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Powershares QQQ 300 at Daytona International Speedway. Reddick, who led the final 11 laps, became only the second driver to win in their first start for JR Motorsports, joining Regan Smith who accomplished that feat in 2012 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Reddick took the green flag for the scheduled 120-lap race from the ninth position after advancing to the final round of knockout qualifying on Saturday morning. From the drop of the green flag, the driver of the BurgerFi Camaro worked with his JR Motorsports teammates to draft toward the front. However, damage sustained from contact during a multi-car incident on lap 12 forced the Corning, Calif. native to come to pit road several times for repairs. As a result of the pit stops, Reddick took the green flag on lap 15 from 32nd but wasted little time moving forward, improving 28 positions over the final laps of Stage One to take the green and checkered flag in fourth on lap 30.

Crew chief Dave Elenz called Reddick to pit road in between stages for right-side tires and fuel, sending the BurgerFi Camaro back onto the track in the fifth position for the lap 35 restart. Reddick battled two and three-wide throughout the caution-free second stage, consistently jockeying for position inside the top 10 before ultimately finishing Stage Two in eighth.

Prior to the green flag for the final stage, Elenz called Reddick back to pit road to make further repairs to the right-side door of the BurgerFi Camaro from damage sustained in the lap 12 incident. Despite the repairs, Reddick charged forward when the race restarted on lap 66, utilizing just 11 laps to move back into the top 10 and up to the sixth position. However, Reddick was shuffled back to 16th following a lap 83 caution period due to a variety of pit strategies used by the race leaders. The loss of track position didn’t phase the rookie driver as Reddick drafted back into the top 10 through the middle lane and up to seventh before the caution flag fell once again. Reddick continued to methodically move forward in the closing laps despite a rash of late-race caution periods. After narrowly avoiding another multi-car incident during the first attempt at a green-white-checkered finish, the driver of the BurgerFi Camaro was scored in the third position.

Reddick then drafted into the race lead just before the caution came out while the field was coming to the white flag on lap 133. Following another caution period immediately after the restart, Reddick lined up as the leader for the final restart of the afternoon on lap 141 and held off a feverish charge by JR Motorsports teammate Elliott Sadler to score the victory in the closest finish in NASCAR history.

With Saturday’s win, Reddick becomes the first NXS driver to secure a position in the 2018 Playoffs and crew chief Elenz becomes the winningest crew chief in team history with nine career wins, surpassing Tony Eury, Sr., who holds eight victories for the organization.

The remainder of the top five in Saturday’s event was Sadler, Ryan Reed, Kaz Grala and Garrett Smithley.

Tyler Reddick, driver No. 9 BurgerFi team
“It was just an incredible day. Big thank you to BurgerFi and everyone at JR Motorsports. I don’t know what to say. It’s incredible that we were able to win this race today. I’m just blown away. It’s a great way to kick off the year and we’re in the playoffs already. We went and tested Atlanta so I’m really excited to get there and see how our car is going to be down there. I don’t know what to say. I’m pumped for next week but at the same time I’m going to enjoy this win tonight. I’m really thankful to be a part of this team”

 

No. 9 BurgerFi Camaro SS
Tyler Reddick

Start

9th

Finish

1st

Laps Completed (Led)

143 of 143 (11)

Points (Bonus)

50 (5)

Point Standings (from leader)

1st (+9)

Status

Running