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Early Race Incident Puts Tyler Reddick Behind the Eight Ball in Iowa

Newton, Iowa (07/28/18) - Tyler Reddick, driver of the No. 9 Takl Chevrolet Camaro, was battling for a top-five position in Saturday evening’s NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Iowa Speedway before contact with another competitor just shy of lap 20 flattened the left-rear tire and damaged the fender. The JR Motorsports driver was forced to make several trips to pit road as a result of the damage to make repairs, ultimately costing the team laps to the race leaders. Reddick, however, persevered through the adversity and utilized a never-give-up attitude to improve 14 positions over the remainder of the race to record a 22nd-place finish. 

Reddick took the green flag for the 250-lap event from the fifth position after advancing to the final round of knockout qualifying on Saturday afternoon. After initially getting shuffled back to ninth on the opening lap, the driver of the Takl Chevrolet began to methodically move forward, driving back up to the sixth position by the completion of lap 10. Then, while trying to work his way into the top five, Reddick sustained damage and a subsequent flat left-rear tire as a result of contact with another car while trying to maneuver around lapped traffic. The flat tire badly damaged the left-rear fender and knocked the wiring to the radio loose, forcing Reddick to come to pit road several times to fix both the damage and the radio issues. Once all the repairs were made, Reddick returned to the track but was unfortunately off of the lead lap in the 36th position.

Despite being off the of the lead lap, Reddick pressed forward, taking advantage of a long green-flag run to begin the final stage to move back into the top 25 and up to 22nd before crew chief Dave Elenz called the Corning, Calif. native to pit road for a scheduled green-flag pit stop. Reddick returned to the track following the stop in 24th and maintained his track position until two late-race cautions saw the driver of the Takl Chevrolet improve two positions to take the checkered flag in 22nd.

With the result, Reddick remains third in the Playoff seeding by way of his victory in the season opening event at Daytona International Speedway with six races remaining in the NXS regular season. 

Christopher Bell earned the victory with JRM teammate Justin Allgaier, Kyle Benjamin, Ross Chastain and John Hunter Nemechek rounding out the top five. 

Tyler Reddick, driver No. 9 Takl Team
“We had a fast Takl Chevrolet to begin the day. It’s just unfortunate that we didn’t really have a chance to show what we had after the flat tire damaged our fender. I just want to thank everyone on this JR Motorsports team for not giving up today. We fought hard all race long and got the best result we could in the end. We’ll rebound from this and be ready to go next weekend in Watkins Glen.”