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Tyler Reddick Surges to Podium Finish at Darlington

1Darlington, South Carolina (09/01/18) - Tyler Reddick, driver of the No. 9 Old Milwaukee Throwback Chevrolet Camaro, ran inside the top five throughout Saturday afternoon’s NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Darlington Raceway, earning valuable stage points in both Stage One and Two before taking the checkered flag in the third position. The result is Reddick’s second top-three finish of 2018 and keeps the JR Motorsports driver third in the playoff seeding via his season-opening victory at Daytona International Speedway with two races remaining in the NXS regular season. 

Reddick took the green flag for the 147-lap event from the third position after advancing to the final round of knockout qualifying earlier on Saturday afternoon. Following a lap 3 caution period, Reddick settled into fifth and maintained his top-five track position throughout the opening stage. Then, after reporting to crew chief Dave Elenz that the Old Milwaukee Throwback Chevrolet had moved toward the tight side rolling through Darlington’s distinct corners, Reddick methodically moved into the fourth position and remained there until the completion of Stage One on lap 45, earning seven valuable stage points in the process.

In between stages, Elenz called Reddick to pit road for four tires and a round of adjustments in the hopes of improving the tight-handling condition. Returning to the track in the fifth position, the driver of the Old Milwaukee Throwback Chevrolet continued to fight for position, reporting to Elenz at the mid-way point of the stage that the handling had improved but that he was still a little tight in the corners. Despite not handling to his liking, Reddick stayed inside the top five throughout the remainder of the second stage, taking the green-and-white checkered flag on lap 90 in the fifth position and earning an additional six valuable stage points.

Prior to the beginning of the third and final stage, Elenz brought Reddick back to pit road for four tires and another round of adjustments. After lining up sixth for the lap 96 restart, the Corning, Calif. native wasted little time moving back toward the front, racing up to the fourth position by lap 98 and ultimately up to second after narrowly avoiding an incident coming off of the second corner on lap 110. During this caution period Reddick came back to pit road for four fresh tires and returned to the track for the lap 116 restart in the fourth position. Then, after several laps of battling with the No. 18 of Denny Hamlin, Reddick was able to make his way around and ultimately take the checkered flag in the third position.

The result is Reddick’s second top-three finish and his 13th top-10 finish of 2018 and moves the JRM driver up to sixth in the championship standings.

Brad Keselowski scored the victory with Cole Custer, Reddick, Denny Hamlin and JRM teammate Elliott Sadler rounding out the top five.

Tyler Reddick, driver No. 9 Old Milwaukee Throwback team
“This was a solid day for us and a really good momentum builder moving forward. We were consistently up front and running in the top five all day long and Dave (Elenz, crew chief) made some really good adjustments when we came to pit road. I’m really happy that we had a run like we had today while running this Old Milwaukee Tim Richmond throwback paint scheme. It means a lot to me that we had them come on the car for this weekend and to come home with a solid finish just makes this even more special.”