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Tyler Reddick Races to Top-10 Finish at Bristol

Bristol, Tennessee (04/14/18) Tyler Reddick, driver of the No. 9 BurgerFi Chevrolet Camaro, improved 18 positions over the course of Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 to finish seventh at Bristol Motor Speedway. The rookie driver persevered through damage sustained in a multi-car incident on lap 101 to earn his fifth top-10 finish of the 2018 season. The JR Motorsports driver remains in the top three in the championship standings, just 14 points behind JRM teammate Elliott Sadler.

Reddick took the green flag for the 300-lap event from the 25th position and wasted little time moving forward, gaining 12 positions to 13th by the lap 45 competition caution. However, an issue on pit road during the caution period saw the Corning, Calif. native slide back to 17th for the lap 54 restart. Despite losing the track position, Reddick battled forward in the closing laps of the opening stage to take the green-and-white checkered flag in the 13th position.

In between stages, Reddick returned to pit road for four fresh tires but a jack malfunction while changing the left-side tires resulted in a slow pit stop, shuffling the JRM driver to 21st for the beginning of Stage Two. Just three laps into the second stage, a multi-car incident occurred directly in front of Reddick, leaving the 22-year old driver with nowhere to go and damaging the nose of the BurgerFi Chevrolet. After pitting twice for repairs during the caution period, Reddick took the ensuing restart from 23rd and once again charged forward, racing up to the 14th position before a lap 140 caution. Then, following a rash of cautions, crew chief Dave Elenz decided to make a strategy call and brought Reddick back to pit road just prior to a lap 161 restart, while the race leaders remained on-track, for four tires and a chassis adjustment. After taking it easy on the tires for the final 14 laps of Stage Two, Reddick took the green-and-white checkered flag in 19th.

The call by Elenz prior to the end of the second stage paid off as several of the race leaders came to pit road prior to the final stage, moving Reddick up to the third position for the lap 177 restart. Reddick remained inside the top five until a lap 193 restart shuffled the JRM driver back to eighth. However, as the long green-flag run progressed, Reddick climbed back toward the front, methodically moving back into the top five and up to fifth before the final caution of the event came out on lap 282.

After pitting for four tires, Reddick restarted from the fifth position on lap 290 and fought hard in the closing laps before ultimately taking the checkered flag in seventh.

The result is Reddick’s fifth top-10 finish of 2018 and the seventh top-10 in his last nine NXS starts dating back to Kansas in the fall of 2017.

Ryan Preece scored the victory with JRM teammate Justin Allgaier, Daniel Hemric, JRM teammate Sadler and Spencer Gallagher rounding out the top five.  

Tyler Reddick, driver No. 9 BurgerFi team

“What a day today. I can’t thank everyone on this BurgerFi team enough for their work this weekend. We battled through a lot of adversity today and were able to fight through and come home with another top-10 finish. Dave (Elenz, crew chief) made a great call at the end of the second stage to get us the track position we needed to run up toward the front. We’ll keep building off of this and get ready to go in Richmond.”