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Late-Race Penalty Costs Tyler Reddick Top-10 Finish at TMS

Justin, Texas (04/0718) Tyler Reddick, driver of the No. 9 BurgerFi Chevrolet Camaro, battled for position inside the top 10 for much of Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series My Bariatric Solutions 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. He earned valuable stage points in the opening stage and was running in the top five in the final stage before a penalty for speeding at the entry of pit road during a green-flag pit stop on lap 137 relegated the JR Motorsports driver with a 23rd-place finish. With the result, Reddick remains second in the championship standings, 11 points behind JRM teammate Elliott Sadler.

Reddick began the afternoon in the sixth position after qualifying was ended after one round on Saturday morning due to a persistent mist affecting the track conditions. From the drop of the green flag, Reddick methodically moved forward, taking advantage of three early caution periods to race into the top three. Reddick remained inside the top three for the final 24 laps of Stage One, taking the green-and-white checkered flag on lap 45 in the third position. The result earned the driver of the BurgerFi Chevrolet eight valuable stage points.

Crew chief Dave Elenz took advantage of the stage-break to call Reddick to pit road for four tires and a slight adjustment, sending the Corning, Calif. native back out for the beginning of Stage Two in the third position. Despite restarting third, Reddick immediately reported that the BurgerFi Chevrolet had become extremely loose rolling through the corner. This loose-handling condition ultimately shuffled the JRM driver back to 19th before an opportune caution on lap 70 provided another opportunity to come to pit road for four tires and adjustments. Returning to the track in 25th, Elenz took advantage of another caution with 11 laps remaining in Stage Two to keep Reddick on the racetrack while several of the leaders came to pit road. The strategy call paid off as Reddick took the green-and-white checkered flag to end the second stage in the 12th position.

Prior to the beginning of the final stage, the decision was made to leave the driver of the BurgerFI Chevrolet out while the remaining leaders came to pit road, moving Reddick into second for the lap-97 restart. After initially sliding back to third, Reddick settled back in to the top three and remained there until the JRM driver reported that he had a tire going down, leading to a green-flag pit stop on lap 137. To compound the issues further, Reddick was caught speeding on the entry to pit road and was forced to serve a penalty.

As a result of the penalty, Reddick was shuffled back outside of the top 20 and off of the lead lap. Utilizing a never-give-up attitude, the driver of the BurgerFi Chevrolet improved five positions to rejoin the top 20 before having to hit pit road once again under green for fuel with six laps remaining. In the end, Reddick was scored with a 23rd-place finish.

Ryan Blaney brought home the victory with Christopher Bell, Daniel Hemric, Cole Custer and Ryan Preece rounding out the top-five.

Tyler Reddick, driver No. 9 BurgerFi team

“Today was a learning day for sure. We know that we had a really fast BurgerFi Chevy and I can’t thank Dave (Elenz, crew chief) and my guys enough for all of their hard work throughout this weekend. I know what I need to do to continue to get better each and every week and I’m definitely looking forward to getting back to the track next week in Bristol and unload with another fast JR Motorsports Chevy.”