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Tyler Reddick Records Runner-Up Finish at Texas Motor Speedway

1Justin, Texas (11/03/18) - Tyler Reddick, driver of the No. 9 BurgerFi Chevrolet Camaro, moved into the second-seed in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs after earning a second-place finish in Saturday afternoon’s event at Texas Motor Speedway. Reddick, who was battling for the race lead on the final lap, ranks as the top-seed among drivers still needing to qualifying for the Championship 4, 20 points ahead of the cutline with one race remaining in the Round of 8. Following the NXS race at ISM Raceway next weekend, the bottom four drivers will be eliminated from the playoffs.

Reddick lined up for the 200-lap event in the fourth position after advancing to the final round of knockout qualifying on Saturday morning. After narrowly avoiding an incident on the opening lap of the race, Reddick took advantage of the lap 4 restart to charge into the race lead. The driver of the BurgerFi Chevrolet remained in the lead until a lap 24 restart shuffled the JRM driver back to the third position. Although no longer in the lead, Reddick continued to battle inside the top three throughout the final laps of the opening stage, taking the green-and-white checkered flag on lap 45 in the third position. The result earned Reddick eight valuable stage points in the process.

Prior to the beginning of Stage Two, crew chief Dave Elenz called the Corning, Calif. native to pit road for four tires and an air-pressure adjustment. Reddick returned to the track following the stop in the second position and quickly reassumed the race lead on the ensuing restart. The driver of the BurgerFi Chevrolet paced the field for the next 28 laps before the caution flag was displayed once again on lap 80. Reddick battled with Cole Custer for the race lead on the restart before ultimately sliding back to the fourth position at the conclusion of Stage Two as a tight-handling condition had developed rolling through the corner. Despite not handling to his liking, Reddick was again able to earn an additional seven valuable stage points.

Elenz opted to bring Reddick back to pit road during the stage-ending caution for four tires and a chassis adjustment in the hopes of alleviating the tight-handling condition. However, a variety of pit strategies among the lead lap cars saw Reddick take the restart for the beginning of the final stage in the 14th position. After narrowly avoiding yet another incident, the 22-year old driver began to methodically work his way through the field, rejoining the top 10 on lap 102 and moving up to the eighth position before a lap-125 caution period. Reddick continued to fight for position inside top 10 through a rash of yellow flags, taking advantage of several restarts to race up to the fifth position before returning to pit road for fuel only during a lap-138 caution while many of the race leaders stayed out.

The driver of the BurgerFi Chevrolet only needed 10 laps following the stop to rejoin the top 10 after restarting in the 14th position. Once back inside the top 10, Reddick continued to press forward, taking advantage of the cars ahead of the JRM driver that were short on fuel to race back into the top five on lap 185. However, a caution just two laps later provided Elenz and Reddick with another opportunity to play with some strategy as the duo opted to remain on the track while a number of the leaders came to pit road. The decision to stay out paid off as Reddick moved up to the second position for the lap 193 restart.

A huge push by JRM teammate Elliott Sadler as the green flag was displayed propelled Reddick out to the race lead but a quick caution just a half-lap later bunched the field back up for another late-race restart. After a brief discussion on the radio, Reddick chose the inside line for the lap 198 restart in the hopes of teammate Sadler again pushing him out to the lead. That push came as Sadler sent Reddick into the race lead entering the first corner.

Reddick held on to the top spot entering into Turn 1 on the final lap as the driver of the BurgerFi Chevrolet tried to fend off a challenge by Custer. After battling wheel-to-wheel down the backstraightaway, Custer was able to gain the advantage, leaving Reddick to take the checkered flag in the second position.

With the result, Reddick improves to the second seed in the NXS Playoffs and first among drivers still needing to qualify for the Championship 4, 20 points above the cutline with one race remaining in the Round of 8.

Custer scored the victory with Reddick, Austin Cindric, John Hunter Nemechek and JRM teammate Justin Allgaier rounding out the top five.

Tyler Reddick, driver No. 9 BurgerFi team
“We had a great day today with our BurgerFi Chevrolet. I want to thank Dave (Elenz, crew chief) and all my guys for all their work this weekend. I wish we could’ve held off Cole (Custer) there at the end. I tried a move that had worked earlier in the race when we were battling for the lead and unfortunately it didn’t work out there in the end. But today put us in a really good position heading into Phoenix next week. We just have to have one more smart race and we will find ourselves in the position we have been working for all year long, and that is to be in the Championship 4 in Homestead.”