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Tyler Reddick Eliminated in Mid-Race Skirmish at Mid-Ohio

Lexington, Ohio (08/11/18) As the laps wound down in Saturday’s Rock N Roll Tequila 170 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car course, Tyler Reddick had a ton of momentum and was looking at a top-five finish. A lap-60 skirmish in front of him saw the 22-year-old California native advance to fifth, but it came with a price.

As he swerved to miss the spinning Justin Allgaier, Reddick was clouted from behind by the car of Matt Tifft. The contact ahead put him in the top five, but the resulting damage popped the right rear tire on his Nationwide Children’s Hospital Chevrolet. To make matters worse, he spun out entering Turn 4 and high-sided his Chevrolet on the curbing. After getting a push to the pits, Reddick’s day was finished.

Up to that point, the NASCAR Xfinity Series race had been going very well for Reddick and the No. 9 team.

Starting 15th, Reddick advanced to eighth in the first eight laps and ran in the top 11 until he pitted on lap 18 for four tires, fuel and an adjustment. That put him 21st and in position for solid restart for Stage Two. Reddick started sixth as the second 20-lap segment got under way. He stayed there the rest of the way, earning stage points, and set himself up to battle for the victory in the final stage.

Beginning the final stage in 10th-place, Reddick moved up to ninth quickly. He was eighth at lap 51, chasing Allgaier, and both drivers found themselves trapped behind road racer Andy Lally. Things came to a head six laps later, when Allgaier got past Lally and Reddick, following him through, made contact with the rear of Lally’s car. That sent Lally spinning, and Cole Custer ducked around Reddick’s machine to take the spot.

Custer, tight on the rear of Allgaier’s Chevrolet entering Turn 13, made contact with the No. 7 car and sent Allgaier spinning. Faced with a quick decision, Reddick got through the mess, but Tifft, running directly behind Reddick, got into the right rear of the No. 9. That set in motion the events that took Reddick out of the race after 60 laps.

Allgaier won the race, followed by polesitter Austin Cindric, Daniel Hemric, Tifft and Ryan Truex. JRM’s Elliott Sadler was sixth.

Tyler Reddick, driver No. 9 Nationwide Children’s Hospital team
“We had a really good day going with our Nationwide Children’s Hospital Chevrolet. I really hate that we had some damage that cut our right rear tire down after we avoided Justin’s (Allgaier) spin headed into the last corner. It’s unfortunate that we didn’t get the result we deserve but I definitely feel like we learned a lot for the next road-course race at Road America. For now, we’ll head to Bristol next weekend and do our best to get a solid result.”