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Tyler Reddick Records Strong Run in Rain-Shortened Michigan Event

Brooklyn, Michigan (06/08/18) - Tyler Reddick, driver of the No. 9 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Chevrolet Camaro, earned a seventh-place finish in Saturday afternoon’s rain-shortened NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Michigan International Speedway. The result is Reddick’s ninth top-10 finish of the season and keeps the JR Motorsports driver fourth in the championship standings. 

Reddick took the green flag for the originally scheduled 125-lap event from the sixth position after heavy rain on Saturday morning forced NASCAR to cancel qualifying, setting the field by owner points per the rulebook. After initially getting forced three-wide and falling back to 10th on the opening lap of the race, Reddick took advantage of the outside line to draft into the top five and up to fifth before the first caution of the day came out on lap 16. The driver of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Chevrolet took the ensuing restart from the fifth position but was caught on the inside line without much drafting help and was shuffled back to outside the top 10 in the closing laps of the Stage One, taking the green-and-white checkered flag in 14th.

The Corning, Calif. native came to pit road in-between stages for four tires and an air-pressure adjustment, returning to the track for the beginning of Stage Two in the 18th position. Reddick only needed one lap to draft back into the top 10 following the restart, improving 10 positions to eighth before the caution came out once again on lap 36. The JRM driver maintained his track position inside the top 10 until a restart following a lap 46 caution period slid Reddick back to 14th as the inside line didn’t get up to speed as well as the outside line. Reddick then returned to pit road when the caution flag returned on lap 55 for four fresh tires. With several cars opting to stay out with the threat of rain in the area, Reddick took the green flag for the one-lap shootout to end Stage Two in 25th before ultimately ending the stage in the 23rd position.

Reddick was scored in the 20th position when the third and final stage went green on lap 65, but wasted little time moving forward, drafting back up to the 10th position before the caution came out on lap 72. Then, following a rash of cautions, Reddick lined up for the lap 88 restart in the eighth position before quickly moving into seventh as the skies opened up and rain began to fall.

After running several laps under caution, NASCAR deemed that the rain was too severe and that the race was official, crediting Reddick with a seventh-place finish. The result keeps Reddick in a tie for third among all series drivers in top-10 finishes this season with nine.

Austin Dillon earned the victory with Daniel Hemric, Cole Custer, Ryan Reed and Paul Menard rounding out the top five. 

Tyler Reddick, driver No. 9 Nationwide Children’s Hospital team

“I wish we could’ve ran this race to the end because we had a really fast Nationwide Children’s Hospital Chevrolet today. My guys on this JR Motorsports team worked really hard during practice yesterday and we made some good gains heading into today. It’s unfortunate that the rain couldn’t hold off until the end of the race but we had a good run back toward the front in the end and we will build off of this heading into next weekend in Iowa.”