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Tyler Reddick Earns Coveted Championship 4 Position with ISM Raceway Finish

1Phoenix, Arizona (11/10/18) - Tyler Reddick, driver of the No. 9 BurgerFi Chevrolet Camaro, clinched a position in the Championship 4 for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs following a sixth-place effort in Saturday afternoon’s event at ISM Raceway. Reddick, who has now finished in the top 10 in six of the last seven races, enters next weekend’s winner-take-all season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway as one of just four drivers with an opportunity to win the NXS championship, joining Christopher Bell, Daniel Hemric and Cole Custer. Under the current playoff format, the highest finishing driver among Reddick, Bell, Hemric and Custer at Homestead will earn the championship.

Reddick took the green flag for the penultimate race of the 2018 season from the 14th position after advancing to the second round of knockout qualifying on Saturday morning. After a quick caution on the initial start of the 200-lap event, Reddick took advantage of the long green-flag run that followed to methodically move into the top 10 and up to the ninth position by the completion of Stage One on lap 45. With the stage result, Reddick earned two valuable stage points.

While under the stage-ending caution, crew chief Dave Elenz made the decision to bring the driver of the BurgerFi Chevrolet to pit road for four tires and a chassis adjustment in the hopes of alleviating a tight-handling condition that had developed. Returning to the track in sixth, Reddick continued to fight for position inside the top 10 throughout the caution-free second stage, despite continuing to fight a slight tight-handling condition rolling through the corner. Although not handling to his liking, Reddick took the green-and-white checkered flag to end Stage Two on lap 90 in the seventh position, earning an additional four valuable stage points in the process.

Prior to the beginning of the final stage, Elenz brought Reddick back to pit road for four tires and another chassis adjustment, sending the 22-year old driver back out for the lap 97 restart in the sixth position. The Corning, Calif. native maintained his top-10 track position until a lap 135 caution period provided Elenz with another opportunity to adjust the BurgerFi Chevrolet on pit road. Returning to the track in the fourth position following the stop, Reddick battled with teammate Justin Allgaier and fellow competitor John Hunter Nemechek for position for a number of laps before sustaining some slight damage to the right-front fender while avoiding an incident on lap 144.

After quickly surveying the damage, the decision was made to keep Reddick out on the racetrack in fourth for a lap-149 restart. Then, after getting forced three-wide heading into Turn 1, Reddick slid back to the sixth position and would remain there for much of the green-flag run that followed as Elenz continued to keep the driver of the BurgerFi Chevrolet up-to-date on the ever-evolving points situation.

In the closing laps, with the points situation looking in favor of the No. 9 team, Reddick patiently navigated the 1-mile course, ultimately taking the checkered flag in the sixth position and solidifying the JR Motorsports driver’s place in the Championship 4 next weekend in Homestead.

Heading into next weekend’s season-finale at Homestead, Reddick can clinch the second-consecutive NXS Championship for JRM by being the highest-placed finisher among the Championship 4 contenders.

Bell earned the victory with Hemric, Matt Tift, Austin Cindric and Ryan Preece rounding out the top five.

Tyler Reddick, driver No. 9 BurgerFi team
“I’m really happy for everyone on this BurgerFi team. To accomplish what we set out to do at the beginning of the year and make it to Homestead says so much for everyone here and at the shop at JR Motorsports. We battled hard today and never gave up and did what we needed to do to ensure our place in the Championship 4 next week at one of my favorite tracks. I had been saying since Daytona that if we can just get to Homestead we would have a really good shot to win this championship. I’m really looking forward to getting there and having this opportunity to win the championship.”