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Tyler Reddick's Avoids Chaos for Top-10 Finish at Kansas

1Kansas City, Kansas (10/20/18) - Tyler Reddick, driver of the No. 9 BurgerFi Chevrolet Camaro, earned his fifth top-five finish of 2018 in Saturday afternoon’s NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Kansas Speedway after overcoming slight damage while avoiding a multi-car incident to earn a fifth-place finish. The result improves the JR Motorsports driver to the third-seed in the NXS Playoffs, 11 points above the cutline with two races remaining in the Round of 8. Following the NXS race at ISM Raceway on Nov. 10, the bottom four drivers will be eliminated from the playoffs.

Reddick took the green flag for the 200-lap event from the sixth position after advancing to the final round of knockout qualifying on Saturday morning. The JRM driver quickly moved up to third following the initial start after narrowly avoiding a multi-car incident in the center of Turns 1 and 2 on the opening lap. Then, the driver of the Burgerfi Chevrolet again narrowly avoided trouble heading down the back straightaway once the race was back underway as Reddick was forced to take evasive action onto the apron to avoid contacting another car. Despite the chaotic beginning, Reddick lined up for the lap 16 restart in the second position but a loose-handling condition quickly developed and shuffled the 22-year-old back to sixth before the caution flag was displayed once again on lap 24.

Crew chief Dave Elenz took advantage of this caution period to bring Reddick to pit road for a round of adjustments and some slight repairs to the right-side skirt. The driver of the BurgerFi Chevrolet returned to the track following the stop in the 27th position and wasted little time charging forward, utilizing only three laps to race back into the top 10. The march forward didn’t stop there as Reddick improved four positions in the closing laps of the opening stage to take the green-and-white checkered flag on lap 45 in the sixth position. The result earned Reddick five valuable stage points in the process.

During the stage-ending caution, the Corning, Calif. native came back to pit road for four tires and a chassis adjustment. Following the stop, Reddick returned to the track for the beginning of Stage Two in the fifth position and remained inside the top five throughout a stage that saw the caution flag displayed an additional two times. In the closing laps of the second stage Reddick reported that he was still a little too free rolling through the corner. Although not handling to his liking, Reddick was able to end Stage Two on lap 90 in the third position and earn eight more valuable stage points.

Prior to the beginning of the final stage, Elenz called Reddick back to pit road for four tires and a chassis adjustment in the hopes of alleviating the loose-handling condition. The driver of the BurgerFi Chevrolet lined up for the lap 97 restart from fourth and continued to fight for position inside the top five for much of the ensuing green-flag run. The JRM driver ultimately moved into the race lead during the lone round of green-flag pit stops, pacing the field for two laps before coming to pit road under green on lap 151. Reddick returned to the track following the green flag stop in third, but a caution on lap 163 provided another opportunity to come to pit road for four fresh tires.

After taking the lap 168 restart in the fourth position, Reddick battled for several laps with Shane Lee and teammate Elliott Sadler before taking the checkered flag in the fifth position.

With the result, Reddick improves to the third seed in the NXS Playoffs, 11 points ahead of the cutline with two races remaining in the Round of 8.

The second race in the Round of 8 takes place at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, Nov. 3.

John Hunter Nemechek scored the victory with Daniel Hemric, JRM teammate Sadler, Lee and Reddick rounding out the top five.

Tyler Reddick, driver No. 9 BurgerFi team
“Today was a solid day for our BurgerFi Chevrolet. We did what we needed to do and survived the chaos around us to put ourselves in a much better points position heading into the final two races of this round. I want to thank Dave (Elenz, crew chief) and all my guys on this JR Motorsports team for their hard work today. We all know what the ultimate goal is, and that is to get to Homestead. So, I’m really happy that we were able to come away with a really good points day and put some distance between ourselves and the cutline. We just need to keep this momentum going into Texas and Phoenix. If we do that, we will get to Homestead for sure. I’m ready.”