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Tyler Reddick Sees Promising Day End Rough and Tumble Outing at Chicagoland

Joliet, Illinois (06/30/18) - Tyler Reddick, driver of the No. 9 Takl Chevrolet Camaro, took home the green-and-white checkered flag at the completion of Stage One and ran inside the top 10 for much of Saturday afternoon’s NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Chicagoland Speedway before being collected in a multi-car incident on lap 98 that ultimately ended the JR Motorsports driver’s day prematurely. Reddick, who did earn a coveted playoff point following the Stage One victory, was patiently working his way back through the field following a pit road penalty prior to the incident.

Reddick began the 200-lap event from the second position after advancing to the final round of knockout qualifying on Saturday morning. The driver of the Takl Chevrolet wasted little time moving into the race lead when the green flag was displayed, taking the lead for the first time on lap 1. After pacing the field for the opening 11 laps, Reddick settled into the third position while remaining close to the top-two. However, after moving to the outside line in the corner the Takl Chevrolet came alive as Reddick charged back into the race lead on lap 24. The Corning, Calif. native held on to the race lead for the final 19 laps of the opening stage, earning the stage win and a valuable playoff point in the process.

Following the stage win, crew chief Dave Elenz called Reddick to pit road for four tires and a slight adjustment, but an issue on the left-side during the stop shuffled the JRM driver back to 11th for the beginning of Stage Two. Despite the loss of track position, Reddick methodically worked his way back forward, taking advantage of the outside line during the caution-free second stage to move back into the top 10 and up to the seventh position before the green-and-white checkered flag was displayed on lap 90.

The driver of the Takl Chevrolet returned to pit road at the completion of Stage Two for four tires and another chassis adjustment but a penalty for speeding on exit forced Reddick to take the green flag for the final stage at the rear of the field. Reddick quickly rejoined the top 20 on the ensuing restart before a multi-car incident in the middle of Turns 3 and 4 left the 22-year old driver with nowhere to go and severely damaged the nose of the Takl Chevrolet.

After surveying the damage on pit road Reddick took the Takl Chevrolet to the garage, ending the JRM driver’s afternoon prematurely. Reddick was scored with a 33rd-place finish.

Kyle Larson earned the victory with Kevin Harvick, Cole Custer, Daniel Suarez and Daniel Hemric rounding out the top five. 

Tyler Reddick, driver No. 9 Takl team
“We had a really fast Takl Chevrolet today. It was really great to run up front and get the stage win. I hate that we ran into trouble today and had our day end early. I want to thank everyone on this JR Motorsports team for their work this weekend, especially with how hot it is out. We’ll regroup from this and get ready to go next week in Daytona.”