Back on Wednesday afternoon, Richard Childress Racing announced that Tyler Reddick would replace Daniel Hemric in the No. 8 Chevrolet next season in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competition.
Reddick, won the 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series championship with JR Motorsports and shockingly changed teams this past offseason. He went from JRM to Richard Childress Racing with hopes of landing a future Cup ride.
When Hemric, despite leading the Rookie of the Year standings in the Cup Series, didn’t perform like RCR had hoped and Reddick saying that the only way that he’ll be back with RCR in 2020 would be in a Cup ride, RCR had no other choice to make.
They tried to expand to a three car team again but the funding wasn’t there. Reddick, had five wins, 21 top five finishes and 24 top 10’s in 28 starts with RCR on the NXS level this season and eight wins to go along with 50 top 10’s in 79 career starts overall in the series.
Now that his immediate future is known, will Reddick get in the third RCR car that he ran twice this season in any of the final six races?
“The year is winding down as everyone knows,” Reddick said at Dover International Speedway on Friday. “For the best effort possible on everyone’s side, whether that’s to line the partnership up or to get the cars ready and give it the best effort possible, it’d be pretty tough to do something like that this time of the year. I know obviously my focus is remaining on the (Xfinity) playoffs. If I was going to do a Cup race, my focus really wouldn’t even fully be on that as crazy as it sounds. This is the Xfinity Series and winning a second championship is even more important than a one-time Cup race.”