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Tyler Reddick Races to Top-5 Finish at the Monster Mile

Dover, Delaware (05/05/18) Tyler Reddick, driver of the No. 9 Hennessey Performance Chevrolet Camaro, ran inside the top five for much of Saturday afternoon’s NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Dover International Speedway, pacing the field for 23 laps before ultimately taking the checkered flag in the fifth position. The result is Reddick’s second top-five and seventh top-10 finish of the 2018 season, keeping the JR Motorsports driver in the top three in the championship standings behind teammates Elliott Sadler and Justin Allgaier. 

Reddick took the green flag for the 200-lap event from the 33rd position after not being able to make a qualifying attempt due to still being in the tech line as time expired in the first round of qualifying. Despite starting in the back, Reddick persevered and charged forward, improving 15 positions before the first caution of the day on lap 2. Reddick’s march forward continued on the ensuing restart as the driver of the Hennessey Performance Chevrolet only needed seven laps to move into the top 10 and 20 laps to move up to seventh before the caution flag came out once again on lap 30. Reddick then took advantage of the lap 34 restart to race into the top five and end the opening stage in the fifth position, earning six valuable stage points in the process.

After pitting for four tires in-between stages, the Corning, Calif. native returned to the track for the beginning of Stage Two in the third position and only needed one lap to move into the race lead. Reddick held on to the lead for 23 laps before a tight-handling condition shuffled the driver of the Hennessey Performance Chevrolet back to second behind JRM teammate Allgaier. Despite losing the lead, Reddick maintained his track position to end Stage Two in second and earn an additional nine stage points.

Prior to the beginning of the final stage, crew chief Dave Elenz called Reddick to pit road for four tires and a chassis adjustment in the hopes of alleviating the tight-handling condition. Reddick returned to the track following the pit stop in the ninth position and utilized a long green-flag run to drive back up to fifth before another caution provided Elenz with an opportunity to make adjustments to the Hennessey Performance Chevrolet. After gaining one position on pit road, Reddick took the lap 134 restart from the fourth position before quickly moving into third. The JRM driver remained in third through a lap 168 caution period but was forced three-wide following a lap 173 restart, shuffling Reddick back to fifth.

In the closing laps Reddick pressed forward despite the return of the tight-handling condition and in the end took the checkered flag in the fifth position.

JRM teammate Allgaier brought home the victory with teammate Sadler, Daniel Hemric, Christopher Bell and Reddick rounding out the top five.

Tyler Reddick, driver No. 9 Hennessey Performance team

“Our Hennessey Performance Chevrolet was really fast all day today. It was fun being able to move through the field the way we did and get out front and lead some laps. It was a good day overall for everyone at JRM with Justin (Allgaier) and Elliott (Sadler) going one-two as well. I just want to thank Dave (Elenz, crew chief) and all of my guys for their hard work. Today was something that we can really build off of going forward and take to Charlotte to keep this momentum going.”