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Tyler Reddick Races to Top-10 Finish at Bristo Motor Speedway

1Bristol, Tennessee (08/17/18) Tyler Reddick, driver of the No. 9 Food City MidAmerica Jet Chevrolet Camaro, earned valuable stage points at the completion of both Stage One and Stage Two and survived a chaotic green-white-checkered restart to earn a ninth-place finish in Friday evening’s NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Bristol Motor Speedway. With the result, Reddick remains third in the playoff seeding via his season-opening victory at Daytona International Speedway with four races remaining in the NXS regular season.

Reddick took the green flag for the 300-lap event from the 14th position after advancing to the second round of qualifying on Friday afternoon. The driver of the Food City MidAmerica Jet Chevrolet maintained his position inside the top 15 throughout the opening green-flag run of the race before a caution on lap 69 provided crew chief Dave Elenz with an opportunity to play with some strategy. With several of the race leaders opting to come to pit road during the caution, Elenz decided to keep Reddick on-track, moving the Corning, Calif. native up to the second position for the ensuing restart. Although restarting second, fresher tires prevailed in the closing laps of the opening stage. Despite that, Reddick took the green-and-white checkered flag in the seventh position, earning four valuable stage points in the process.

In between stages, Elenz called the 22-year old driver to pit road for four tires and a chassis adjustment, returning to the track for the lap 94 restart in the 11th position. Reddick maintained his track position until a lap 140 caution period gave the JR Motorsports team another opportunity to make a strategy call. As the majority of the leaders remained on-track, Reddick came back to pit road for four fresh tires. Despite restarting in 16th following the stop, an opportune caution on lap 159 allowed Reddick to stay out while the leaders came to pit road. This decision proved fruitful as Reddick lined up for the lap 165 restart in the sixth position and remained there for the final five laps of Stage Two, earning five valuable stage points.

Prior to the beginning of the final stage Elenz opted to keep Reddick on the track while a handful of cars came to pit road, moving the driver of the Food City MidAmerica Jet Chevrolet up to the second position for the beginning of the final stage on lap 177. Reddick fought for position inside the top five for a number of laps before the fresher tires started to prevail once again, ultimately shuffling the JRM driver back to 10th before a lap 258 caution period offered another opportunity to come to pit road for fresh tires. Restarting 11th, Reddick quickly worked his way into ninth and remained there until a caution with just two laps to go setting up NASCAR’s version of overtime.

After doing all he could on the inside line following the overtime restart, Reddick took the checkered flag in the ninth position. The result is Reddick’s 12th top-10 finish of 2018 and improved the JRM driver to sixth in the regular season point standings.

Kyle Larson scored the victory with Christopher Bell, JRM teammate Justin Allgaier, Cole Custer and Joey Logano rounding out the top five.

Tyler Reddick, driver No. 9 Food City MidAmerica Jet team
“Today was definitely a good building day for us and gives us some good momentum going into the road course next weekend. We fought hard all weekend long and Dave (Elenz, crew chief) made some great calls on pit road that helped us get the track position we needed. Hopefully we can maintain this good momentum and earn some more solid results as the playoffs get closer.”