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Tyler Reddick Battles Teammate to Runner-Up Finish at the Brickyard

1Indianapolis, Indiana (09/10/18) - Tyler Reddick, driver of the No. 9 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Chevrolet, overcame a weekend marred by Mother Nature to earn a second-place finish in Monday morning’s rain-postponed NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The result is Reddick’s second-consecutive top-three finish and 14th top 10 finish of 2018. The JR Motorsports driver remains third in the NXS playoff seeding by way of his victory in the season-opening event at Daytona International Speedway with one race to go in the regular season.

Reddick took the green flag for the delayed 100-lap event from the ninth position after rain throughout the weekend forced the field to be set by owner points, per the NASCAR rulebook. In the early laps of the opening stage, Reddick attempted to work the draft to gain track position but was ultimately shuffled back to 13th before a scheduled competition caution on lap 10. While under caution, crew chief Dave Elenz opted to make a strategy call and made the decision to pit Reddick for right-side tires while the race leaders went with four. The decision paid off as Reddick lined up for the lap 14 restart in the third position.

The driver of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Chevrolet maintained his top-five track position until a caution with just eight laps remaining in the stage provided Elenz with another opportunity to bring Reddick to pit road. After pitting for four tires and a slight chassis adjustment, Reddick returned to the track in the 12th position and utilized a three-wide move to drive into eighth as the green-and-white checkered flag was displayed to end Stage One on lap 30.

Prior to the beginning of Stage Two, the decision was made to stay out during the stage-ending caution while several of the race leaders came to pit road, lining the Corning, Calif. native up for the lap 35 restart in the second position. Reddick wasted little time moving forward following the restart, charging into the race lead on lap 36. The 22-year old driver would go on to lead three laps before getting shuffled back to third without drafting help. Despite losing the lead, Reddick remained inside the top five throughout the caution-free second stage until a strategic green-flag pit stop on lap 57 saw the JRM driver scored in 18th while other teams remained on-track when the green-and-white checkered flag was displayed once again on lap 60. 

As a result of the green-flag stop prior to the end of Stage Two, Reddick was able to once again stay out for the beginning of the third and final stage, ultimately rejoining the top-five and taking the lap 65 restart from the fourth position. Despite initially sliding back to fifth, Reddick took advantage of a lap 83 restart to make a three-wide move up the middle heading into the third corner to move into second while pushing JRM teammate Justin Allgaier out to the race lead.

In the closing laps, Reddick continued to draft with teammate Allgaier in the hopes of finding a way passed while also holding off feverish challenges from the remainder of the top five in the lead pack. In the end, the driver of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Chevrolet was able to take the checkered flag in the second position and secure a one-two finish for JRM.

The result is Reddick’s second-consecutive top-three finish and his third top-three finish of 2018. 

JRM teammate Allgaier earned the victory with Reddick, Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott and Daniel Hemric rounding out the top five.

Tyler Reddick, driver No. 9 Nationwide Children’s Hospital team
“Things are starting to really come together at the right time for our Nationwide Children’s Hospital team. This is back-to-back top-three finishes for us and we are knocking on the door at the right time with the playoffs just around the corner. I’m really proud of Dave (Elenz, crew chief) and everyone on this team for their work today. It’s been a crazy weekend and for us not to have any track time and to come home one-two with our teammate Justin Allgaier is just a testament to JR Motorsports as a whole. I’m excited to keep building and keep this momentum going heading into Vegas.”