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Tyler Reddick's Keeps Championship Hopes Alive with Dover Performance

1Dover, Delaware (10/06/18) - Tyler Reddick, driver of the No. 9 BurgerFi Chevrolet Camaro, successfully advanced to the Round of 8 in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs following a 14th-place finish in Saturday afternoon’s Bar Harbor 200 elimination race at Dover International Speedway. With the result, Reddick heads into the opening race in the second round of the playoffs as the sixth seed, just one point behind the fourth and final cutoff position with three races remaining in the Round of 8.

Reddick lined up for the 200-lap event from the 14th position following an abbreviated qualifying session due to a persistent mist Saturday morning that forced NASCAR to hold just one round of qualifying. From the drop of the green flag, Reddick reported to crew chief Dave Elenz that the BurgerFi Chevrolet was tight rolling through the corner and snappy loose on the exit. Despite not handling to his liking, Reddick maintained his track position throughout the caution-free opening stage to take the green-and-white checkered flag in 14th on lap 45.

After pitting for four tires and a chassis adjustment between stages, the Corning, Calif. native returned to the track for the beginning of Stage Two in the 12th position but only needed one lap to race into the top 10. Reddick continued to fight for position inside the top 10, racing up to the ninth position before the tight-handling condition returned, ultimately shuffling the driver of the BurgerFi Chevrolet back to 11th by the completion of the caution-free second stage on lap 90.

Prior to the beginning of the final stage, Elenz called Reddick back to pit road for four tires and another chassis adjustment in the hopes of improving the handling of the BurgerFi Chevrolet, sending the JR Motorsports driver back out for the beginning of the final stage in the ninth position. Once back underway, Reddick wasted little time moving forward, taking advantage of a long green-flag run to move up to as high as eighth before a lap 161 caution period.  Elenz decided to take advantage of this caution period to bring Reddick back to pit road for four tires and another round of adjustments. Reddick took the lap 171 restart following the stop from 10th, but was stuck on the outside line and shuffled back to 12th before the caution flag was displayed once again on lap 178.

On the ensuing restart, Reddick battled with JRM teammate Michael Annett and Ross Chastain before taking the checkered flag in the 14th position. The result successfully advanced Reddick into the Round of 8 in the NXS Playoffs as the sixth seed, one-point shy of the fourth and final cutoff position with three races remaining in the round.

The Round of 8 begins at Kansas Speedway on Saturday, Oct. 20.

Christopher Bell earned the victory with Cole Custer, JRM teammate Justin Allgaier, Ryan Preece and Spencer Gallagher rounding out the top five.

Tyler Reddick, driver No. 9 BurgerFi team
“We did what we needed to do with our BurgerFi Chevrolet today and that was to advance to the next round of the playoffs. I want to thank my guys for all of their hard work throughout the weekend, we fought hard and were able to survive this first round. Now we can reset and get ready to go after qualifying for the Championship 4. We have some really good tracks coming up which gives me a ton of confidence as we start the Round of 8.”