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Tyler Reddick Nets Top-10 Finish at Iowa Speedway

Newton, Iowa (06/17/18) - Tyler Reddick, driver of the No. 9 BurgerFi Chevrolet Camaro, scored an eighth-place finish in Sunday afternoon’s NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Iowa Speedway. The result is Reddick’s 10th top-10 finish of 2018, keeping the JR Motorsports driver tied for third among all series drivers in top-10 finishes this season.

Reddick took the green flag for the 250-lap event from the seventh position after advancing to the final round of knockout qualifying on Sunday morning. The driver of the BurgerFi Chevrolet wasted little time moving forward, driving into the top five for the first time on lap 12. However, as Stage One progressed, Reddick reported to crew chief Dave Elenz that he needed more rear security rolling through the corner. This handling condition shuffled the JRM driver back two positions in the closing laps of the opening stage, scoring Reddick in the seventh position when the green-and-white checkered flag waved on lap 60. The result earned Reddick four valuable stage points.

Prior to the beginning of Stage Two, Elenz called the Corning, Calif. native to pit road for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment in the hopes of improving the BurgerFi Chevrolet’s drive off of the corner. Reddick returned to the track following the stop for the lap 69 restart in the fifth position and maintained his top-five track position for several laps before reporting that the car had shifted toward the tight-side. This handling condition worsened throughout the caution-free second stage as Reddick fell to just outside of the top 10 in the final laps of Stage Two, taking the green-and-white checkered flag in the 11th position.

After hitting pit road for four tires and a chassis adjustment, Reddick lined up for the beginning of the third and final stage in the 10th position and maintained his top-10 track position until a speeding penalty following a lap 195 caution period sent the driver of the BurgerFi Chevrolet back to 15th.  Reddick methodically worked his way back forward on the ensuing restart, racing back up to 12th before the caution came out once again on lap 232. The driver of the BurgerFi Chevrolet then took advantage of the outside line when the race restarted with 12 laps remaining to race back into the top 10 and up to eighth.

In the end, Reddick crossed the finish line for the final time in the eighth position. The result is Reddick’s 10th top-10 finish of the season and keeps the JRM driver fourth in the championship standings.

JRM teammate Justin Allgaier brought home the victory with Christopher Bell, Daniel Hemric, Cole Custer and Brandon Jones rounding out the top five. 

Tyler Reddick, driver No. 9 BurgerFi team
“We fought hard today with our BurgerFi Chevrolet. We learned a lot today that can help us out for sure when we come back here in a couple of weeks. I just want to thank Dave (Elenz, crew chief) and my guys on this team for their hard work all weekend long. Congrats to my teammate Justin (Allgaier) on getting the win, it’s great to see JRM back in Victory Lane. We’ll keep after it after today and be ready to go again in Chicago.”