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Tyler Reddick Plagued by Brake Issues at Road American

1Plymouth, Wisconsin (08/25/18) - Plagued by brake issues for the better part of the day, Tyler Reddick and the No. 9 JR Motorsports team were relegated to a 34th-place finish in Saturday’s Johnsonville 180 at Road America. It was an uncharacteristic finish for the team but Reddick still finds himself locked squarely into the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs.

Reddick rolled off in 29th in only the third road-course race of his NXS career. By the race’s third lap, while running 27th, he was already detecting a brake issue and promptly radioed crew chief Dave Elenz to inform the team. In an effort to fix the issue, Elenz called Reddick to pit road to bleed the brakes under the race’s first caution. To compound matters, a pair of penalties were levied on the team and Reddick rounded out Stage One in 35th.

Despite a still prevalent brake issue, Reddick managed to cycle up inside the top 25 and stay there during Stage Two. Under the race’s fourth caution on lap 16, Reddick commented that he “can race hard for two laps and then the brakes start to go away”. Elenz brought Reddick to pit road, and again the team bled the brakes. He would finish Stage Two in 19th.

Having recently pitted, Reddick stayed out under the stage-ending caution and restarted in sixth. As the field got up to speed, it was a struggle for Reddick to manage the No. 9 Chevrolet without much of a brake pedal. He eventually spun out due to excessive wheel hop and radioed the crew that he thought he broke an axle in the spin. Reddick came down pit road for the crew to assess the damaged. He returned to the track only briefly, and after dropping fluid on the racing surface, the team retired to the garage.

JRM teammate Justin Allgaier won the event. He was followed the line by Matt Tifft, Daniel Hemric, Cole Custer and Elliott Sadler.

Tyler Reddick, driver No. 9 JR Motorsports team
“It just wasn’t meant to be for us this weekend. Road racing can be a huge challenge and there’s a reason for that. Nothing really went our way today. The brakes were an issue from the very beginning. Dave [Elenz, crew chief] and the guys did what we could to try and fix it on pit road. Once we got up closer to the front during the final stage, the car was wheel hopping in every braking zone and eventually it just spun out. We’ll continue to work at it and set our sights on Darlington next week.”