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Tyler Reddick's Races to Top-10 Finish at Richmond

1Richmond, Virginia (09/21/18) - Tyler Reddick, driver of the No. 9 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Chevrolet, earned a seventh-place finish in Friday evening’s opening race of the Round of 12 for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs at Richmond Raceway. The result is Reddick’s third top-seven finish in the last four races and improves the JRM driver to 11 points above the cut line with two races remaining before the playoff field is cut to eight following the NXS event at Dover International Speedway on Oct. 6.

Reddick lined up for the 250-lap event from the 14th position after advancing to the second round of knockout qualifying on Friday afternoon. From the drop of the green flag, the driver of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Chevrolet methodically worked his way forward, joining the top 10 for the first time on lap 12. Reddick’s march toward the front didn’t stop there, as the 22-year-old driver took advantage of the caution-free opening stage to race up to the eighth position when the green-and-white checkered flag was displayed on lap 75, earning three valuable stage points.

While under the stage-ending caution, Reddick reported to crew chief Dave Elenz that he was fighting a tight-handling condition rolling through the corner. This information led Elenz to bring Reddick to pit road for four tires and a chassis adjustment, sending the Corning, Calif. native back onto the track in the eighth position for the beginning of Stage Two. Once back underway, the driver of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Chevrolet maintained his top-10 position throughout a second stage that was again dominated by a long green-flag run. However, a caution with just four laps remaining in the stage forced NASCAR to end Stage Two under the yellow flag with Reddick scored in eighth. Despite ending under yellow, the result once again earned the rookie driver three valuable stage points.

Prior to the beginning of the final stage, Elenz called Reddick back to pit road for four tires and another chassis adjustment as the tight-handling condition continued to hinder the JRM driver through the corners. As a result of the stop, Reddick took the lap 158 restart from the ninth position but was quickly shuffled back to 11th following a lap 160 caution period and the subsequent lap 165 restart. Undeterred by the loss of track position, Reddick persisted through another long green-flag run before a timely caution on lap 218 provided Elenz with another opportunity to call the driver of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Chevrolet back to pit road for fresh tires and adjustments.

Returning to the track in 11th, Reddick took advantage of a three-wide move off of Turn 2 to charge into the seventh position before the caution flag was displayed once again on lap 225. Lining up seventh for the ensuing restart, the JRM driver once again utilized a three-wide move to drive into the top five before the tight-handling condition returned to the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Chevrolet.

In the closing laps, Reddick would battle with teammate Elliott Sadler before taking the checkered flag in the seventh position. The result is Reddick’s third top-seven finish in the last four races and moves the driver of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Chevrolet to 11 points above the cut line with two races remaining in the Round of 12.

Christopher Bell scored the victory with Ross Chastain, Daniel Hemric, JRM teammate and owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matt Tift rounding out the top five.

Tyler Reddick, driver No. 9 Nationwide Children’s Hospital team
“It was a solid night all around for our Nationwide Children’s Hospital Chevrolet. We had some really good speed and were able to be mistake-free and stay above the cut line, which is really good heading into next weekend. I just want to thank all my guys on this JRM team for their hard work today. We fought hard and did what we needed to do. Now it’s on to Charlotte.”