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Tyler Reddick Encounters Bad Luck at Daytona

Daytona Beach, Florida (07/06/18) Tyler Reddick, driver of the No. 9 Takl Chevrolet Camaro, was battling inside the top 10 following a lap 77 restart in Friday night’s NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Daytona International Speedway when contact between two cars in front of him triggered a multi-car incident that severely damaged the JR Motorsports Chevrolet. The incident ended Reddick’s evening 23 laps shy of the finish. Prior to the incident, Reddick had earned valuable stage points following a fifth-place result at the end of Stage Two.

Reddick took the green flag for the 100-lap event from the eighth position after heavy rain cancelled Friday afternoon’s qualifying session, forcing NASCAR to set the field by owner points, per the rulebook. After initially gaining ground on the opening lap, Reddick was caught on the outside lane without any drafting help, ultimately shuffling the 22-year old driver back to the 20th position. The driver of the Takl Chevrolet continued to fight for position despite reporting to crew chief Dave Elenz that the car had become tight everywhere rolling through the corner. Although not handling to his liking, Reddick improved five positions in the closing laps of the opening stage to take the green-and-white checkered flag in the 18th position.

Prior to the beginning of Stage Two, Elenz called Reddick to pit road for four tires and a chassis adjustment in the hopes of alleviating the tight-handling condition. The Corning, Calif. native returned to the track following the stop in 19th and wasted little time moving forward, drafting back into the top 10 just 16 laps after the lap 35 restart. Reddick’s march forward didn’t stop there as the driver of the Takl Chevrolet took advantage of the outside line to race into the fifth position just prior to the conclusion of the second stage on lap 60, earning six valuable stage points in the process. 

During the stage-ending caution, Elenz opted to play with some strategy and called Reddick to pit road for just right-side tires and fuel. The call paid off as Reddick lined up for the beginning of the final stage on the outside line in the second position. However, immediately following the restart the inside line began to prevail, shuffling Reddick back to seventh before the caution came out once again on lap 72. Now on the inside line Reddick lined up in seventh for the lap 77 restart and continued to draft on the bottom of the racetrack before contact in front of him on lap 81 set off a multi-car incident that left the JRM driver with nowhere to go, badly damaging all four corners of the Takl Chevrolet.

After briefly surveying the damage on pit road, the decision was made to take the Takl Chevrolet behind the wall and to the garage, ending Reddick’s night just shy of the finish.

In the end, Reddick was scored in the 31st position.

Kyle Larson earned the victory with JRM teammate Elliott Sadler, Christopher Bell, Ryan Blaney and Kaz Grala rounding out the top five. 

Tyler Reddick, driver No. 9 Takl team
“We were just in the wrong place at the wrong time tonight. Once they were sideways in front of me I did my best to miss it but just clipped the back of the (No.) 60 which sent us up into the wreck. I hate it for all my guys on this JR Motorsports team. We had a really fast Takl Chevrolet tonight and were making up a lot of ground on the bottom there. We’ll keep fighting and be ready to get after it next weekend in Kentucky.”