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Tyler Reddick Battles Tight Condition Late at Richmond

Richmond, Virginia (04/21/18) Tyler Reddick, driver of the No. 9 BurgerFi Chevrolet Camaro, ran inside the top 10 for much of Friday evening’s NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Richmond Raceway, earning valuable stage points in both Stage One and Two. However, a tight-handling condition during the final stage of the evening ultimately led to an 11th-place finish. With the result, the JR Motorsports driver remains third in the championship standings, 31 points behind JRM teammate Elliott Sadler.

Reddick began the 250-lap event from the 10th position after advancing to the final round of knockout qualifying on Friday afternoon. From the drop of the green flag Reddick steadily moved forward, climbing up to the seventh position before a lap 62 caution period shuffled the running order. Opting to stay on the track while several leaders came to pit road, Reddick took the lap 69 restart in the fifth position and battled hard in the closing laps of the opening stage before taking the green-and-white checkered flag in seventh on lap 75, earning four valuable stage points in the process.

In between stages, crew chief Dave Elenz called the Corning, Calif. native to pit road for four fresh tires, sending Reddick back out for the lap 88 restart in the 10th position as a handful of leaders opted to stay out to begin Stage Two. Once back to green, Reddick again methodically worked his way toward the front, utilizing the caution-free penultimate stage to move the BurgerFi Chevrolet into the eighth position by the completion of Stage Two on lap 150, earning another three valuable stage points.

After pitting prior to the final stage for four tires and a chassis adjustment, Reddick took the green flag on lap 162 from the sixth position and quickly utilized a three-wide move to jump into fifth just prior to the caution coming back out on lap 164. The driver of the BurgerFi Chevrolet took the ensuing restart in fifth and maintained his top-five track position for several laps before a tight-handling condition began to affect the JRM driver rolling through the corner. Due to the handling condition, Reddick began to get shuffled back as a long green-flag run dominated the final stage.

As a result of the handling condition and the lack of opportunities to come to pit road to make adjustments, Reddick came home with an 11th-place finish.

Christopher Bell scored the victory with Noah Gragson, JRM teammate Sadler, Matt Tift and Austin Cindric rounding out the top five.  

Tyler Reddick, driver No. 9 BurgerFi team

“We fought hard tonight with our BurgerFi Chevrolet and had really good speed throughout the race until we just got too tight during the final stage. But my guys on this JR Motorsports team battled hard all day long and I can’t thank them enough. We will move on from tonight and get ready to go next week in Talladega.”