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Tyler Reddick Bounces Back for Top-10 Finish at Kentucky

Sparta, Kentucky (07/13/18) - Tyler Reddick, driver of the No. 9 BurgerFi Chevrolet Camaro, ran inside the top 10 throughout Friday evening’s NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Kentucky Speedway, ultimately earning a sixth-place finish. The result is Reddick’s 11th top-10 finish of the season and keeps the JR Motorsports driver sixth in the championship standings.

Reddick began the 200-lap event from the eighth position after advancing to the final round of knockout qualifying on Friday afternoon. From the drop of the green flag, the driver of the BurgerFi Chevrolet reported to crew chief Dave Elenz that he was battling at tight-handling condition rolling through the corner. Although not handling to his liking, Reddick maintained his top-10 track position throughout the caution-free opening stage, ultimately taking the green-and-white checkered flag to end Stage One on lap 45 in the seventh position and earning four valuable stage points.

After pitting for four tires and a chassis adjustment prior to the beginning of Stage Two, the Corning, Calif. native lined up in the ninth position for the lap 51 restart. Once back underway Reddick wasted little time moving forward, driving up to sixth before the handling of the BurgerFi Chevrolet once again shifted toward the tight-side. Despite the tight-handling condition, Reddick continued to battle for position inside the top 10, taking the green-and-white checkered flag in the caution-free second stage in the eighth position, earning an additional three stage points in the process.

While under the stage-ending caution, Elenz called Reddick back to pit road for four tires and another chassis adjustment in the hopes of improving the handling of the BurgerFi Chevrolet. Returning to the track in eight, Reddick took advantage of a rash of caution flags to move up to sixth before getting forced three-wide on a lap 108 restart, shuffling the JRM driver back to the 12th position. Despite the loss of track position, Reddick persevered and methodically raced his way back into the top 10 and up to seventh before the caution came out once again on lap 146. Opting to stay out during the caution, Reddick took advantage of the ensuing restart to charge into the top five.

Reddick maintained his track position until a lap 161 caution period shuffled up the running order as several cars, including Reddick, chose to come to pit road while others remained on the race track. Returning to the track following the stop in the 12th position, Reddick charged forward, improving six positions over the final 34 laps to take the checkered flag in the sixth position.

Christopher Bell earned the win with Daniel Hemric, Kyle Busch, JRM teammate Justin Allgaier and Cole Custer rounding out the top five. 

Tyler Reddick, driver No. 9 BurgerFi team
“Tonight was a solid night for our BurgerFi Chevrolet. We made improvements throughout the race and were able to avoid any trouble and come home with a top-10 finish. I just want to thank all of my guys for their hard work all weekend. Tonight was a good rebound after the last two weeks and I’m confident that we can keep this momentum going forward and chip away some more top-10 finishes before the playoffs.”