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Tyler Reddick Hits Speedbump at Nem Hampshire

Loudon, New Hampshire (07/21/18) - Tyler Reddick’s chance at victory in Saturday’s Lakes Region 200 took a big hit just 35 laps into the NASCAR Xfinity Series event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway when the right rear tire on his No. 9 Takl Chevrolet Camaro went down, causing the young California driver to hit the wall. The damage was enough to derail any shot he had at a solid finish, and he finished the event in 25th spot, four laps down.

Reddick started the day in ninth spot and spent the first 25 laps of the race concentrating on the handling of his No. 9 Chevrolet. He was running 12th and had said very little on the radio over that time. Ten laps later, the right rear tire went down heading into Turn 1, one of the fastest parts of the flat, 1.058-mile oval. That sent Reddick into the outside wall, which did some damage to the right side of the car. A quick trip to pit road for four tires and fuel sent Reddick back out two laps down, with just five laps remaining in Stage One.

During the stage break, Reddick hit pit road again for a sway-bar adjustment after his Chevrolet turned very tight, but it was before pit road was open. That cost Reddick three more laps and he went back out for Stage Two five laps in arrears.

Restarting 36th, Reddick was looking at a long climb back up the order, playing the wave-around game in order to make up all the laps he could. On lap 72, Reddick pitted again during a debris caution, adding four more tires and fuel. Nine laps later, Reddick pitted again for more fuel, and on lap 86, he managed to miss a three-car tangle involving Ryan Truex, Ryan Reed and Justin Allgaier.

Over the remaining laps, Reddick continued to work with crew chief Dave Elenz and spotter Earl Barban to get laps back and advance up the running order. By the time the checkered flag waved at lap 200, Reddick had climbed from 36th to 25th and gained back a lap. That effort allowed him to keep sixth place in the point standings heading to Iowa Speedway next weekend.

Christopher Bell earned the win with Brad Keselowski, Ryan Preece, John Hunter Nemechek and Matt Tifft rounding out the top five.

Tyler Reddick, driver No. 9 Takl team
“I hate that hitting the wall not only flattened a tire, it messed some stuff up underneath the car. It was so early in the race that all we could do really was hang on and get the best finish we could. Thanks to Dave (crew chief Dave Elenz) and the rest of the JR Motorsports guys and Takl for being on our No. 9 Chevrolet this weekend, and we’ll go on to the next one at Iowa.”