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Tyler Reddick Battles Adversity at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Concord, North Carolina (05/27/18) - Tyler Reddick, driver of the No. 9 Pinnacle Financial Partners Chevrolet Camaro, recorded a 23rd-place finish in Saturday afternoon's rain-marred NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Charlotte Motor Speedway after sustaining damage to the right-rear fender and rear decklid during a lap 155 incident.

Reddick began the 200-lap event from the fourth position after advancing to the final round of knockout qualifying on Saturday morning. From the drop of the green flag, Reddick fought a tight-handling condition that affected how the JR Motorsports driver rolled through the corner. Despite not handling to his liking, Reddick battled for position inside the top 10 for much of the opening stage, taking the green-and-checkered flag to end Stage One on lap 45 in the 10th position and earning a valuable stage point in the process.

In-between stages, crew chief Dave Elenz called the Corning, Calif. native 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 stop for the beginning of Stage Two in the seventh position. The driver of the Pinnacle Financial Partners Chevrolet maintained his position inside the top 10 until contact with the outside retaining wall just prior to a lap 78 caution period forced Reddick to return to pit road for repairs. Due to the off-sequence pit stop, Reddick was shuffled to the back of the lead pack and ultimately took the green-and-checkered flag to end Stage Two in 27th.

Prior to the beginning of the final stage, crew chief Elenz made a strategy call and decided to keep the JRM driver out on the track while the race leaders came to pit road. As a result of this strategy, Reddick took the lap 97 restart from the second position. Despite restarting in the top five, Reddick reported that his car had now shifted toward the loose side rolling through the corner. This handling condition persisted until a lap 125 caution period provided another opportunity for Elenz to call Reddick to pit road for an adjustment. However, a speeding penalty on the exit of pit road following the stop forced Reddick to take the ensuing restart from the tail end of the field. Utilizing a never-give-up attitude, Reddick quickly improved 10 positions to 15th before contact with the wall in Turn 2 further damaged the rear of the Pinnacle Financial Partners Chevrolet on lap 155.

After pitting several times for repairs during the caution, Reddick returned to the track in the 26thposition for the lap 165 restart. From there, Reddick overcame a one hour and one-minute rain delay and being collected in a multi-car incident on the final lap to improve three positions to take the checkered flag in the 23rd position.

Brad Keselowski took home the victory with Cole Custer, Christopher Bell, Ty Dillon and JRM teammate Elliott Sadler rounding out the top five. 

Tyler Reddick, driver No. 9 Pinnacle Financial Partners team

“Our Pinnacle Financial Partners Chevrolet was really fast today. It’s really unfortunate that we ran into some trouble and damaged the rear-end of the car. I want to thank everyone on this JR Motorsports team for their hard work all weekend long. We will rebound from today and be ready to get going again next weekend in Pocono.”