When Richard Childress Racing had announced that they cut ties with Daniel Hemric after the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, it wasn’t exactly a secret as to why. See, Hemric wasn’t performing as well as everyone had hoped he would in his rookie campaign this year. While I don’t necessarily fault him for that with RCR as a whole being down on the Cup side in 2019, it’s the unfortunate nature of this business.
He was let go due to the team wanting Tyler Reddick to take his seat.
RCR didn’t have the funding to expand back to three full time cars and they were set to lose Reddick after this year if they didn’t find a seat for him in 2020. Reddick, made it very clear, he was going to be in the Cup Series one way or the other next season. RCR isn’t going to cut ties with Austin Dillon and also not expanding to three cars, so the next option was to replace Hemric with Reddick.
On Wednesday, that move was confirmed.
Reddick, will drive the No. 8 Chevrolet next season with Catepillar as the sponsor. He won the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship last season with JR Motorsports and the only reason he moved to RCR for 2019 was to get a chance at Cup with them.
Now, that’s coming true.
Reddick, has five wins, 21 top five finishes and 24 top 10’s in 28 starts with RCR on the NXS level this season. He has eight wins and 50 top 10’s in 79 career starts overall in the series.
Now, he knows he has a Cup seat waiting for him.