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Tyler Reddick Rebounds for Top-10 Finish at Pocono Raceway

Long Pond, Pennsylvania (06/02/18) - Tyler Reddick, driver of the No. 9 Pinnacle Financial Partners Chevrolet Camaro, ran inside the top 10 for much of Saturday afternoon’s NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Pocono Raceway, earning stage points in both Stage One and Two before ultimately taking the checkered flag in the ninth position. The result is Reddick’s eighth top-10 finish of 2018, tying the JR Motorsports driver for third among all series drivers in top-10 finishes this season.

Reddick took the green flag for the 100-lap event from the ninth position after advancing to the final round of knockout qualifying on Saturday morning. After beginning the opening stage fighting a loose-handling condition, Reddick reported to crew chief Dave Elenz that the Pinnacle Financial Partners Chevrolet had shifted toward the tight-side in traffic. Despite not handling to his liking, Reddick maintained his top-10 track position throughout the 25-lap stage, taking the green-and-white checkered flag to end Stage One on lap 25 in the ninth position, earning two valuable stage points in the process.

Crew chief Dave Elenz called Reddick to pit road in-between stages for four tires and an air pressure adjustment in the hopes of improving the handling of the Pinnacle Financial Partners Chevrolet. Following the stop, Reddick returned to the track for Stage Two in the fourth position and remained inside the top five until a lap 34 restart shuffled the Corning, Calif. native back to 10th as a result of the inside line not getting up to speed as quickly as the outside line heading into the first corner. Reddick pressed forward during the closing laps of the second stage, moving back into the ninth position with two laps remaining to again earn two valuable stage points when the green-and-white checkered flag was displayed on lap 50.

During the stage-ending caution, Elenz called Reddick back to pit road as the field got the one-to-go signal to top-off on fuel with the hope being that the race would run green to the finish. As a result of the stop, Reddick took the ensuing restart for the final stage in the 23rd position before quickly charging forward, improving eight positions before an inopportune caution on lap 56 nullified the fuel strategy. During the caution period, Elenz told Reddick to remain on the racetrack while several of the leaders came to pit road, moving the JRM driver up to ninth for the lap 60 restart. Reddick continued to fight for position inside the top 10 until the tight-handling condition worsened, shuffling the driver of the Pinnacle Financial Partners Chevrolet back to 14th.

With the tight-handling condition persisting, Reddick never gave up as he steadily worked his way forward in the closing laps, rejoining the top 10 with 14 laps remaining before crossing the finish line for the final time in the ninth position.

Kyle Busch took home the victory with Chase Elliott, Daniel Hemric, Austin Cindric and Cole Custer rounding out the top five. 

Tyler Reddick, driver No. 9 Pinnacle Financial Partners team

“We got the best we could out of today with our Pinnacle Financial Partners Chevrolet. We just couldn’t get the track position we needed at the right time and it seemed like each restart the line opposite ours would go. I just want to thank Dave (Elenz, crew chief) and everyone on this JR Motorsports team for their hard work this weekend. We fought hard all day today and I’m ready to get back after it again next weekend in Michigan."