Tyler Reddick became just the third Sunoco rookie in NASCAR XFINITY Series history to win the title last season, joining Chase Elliott (2014) and William Byron (2017). Now the rising star from California is trying to become the seventh driver in series history to win back-to-back championships joining Sam Ard (1983-84), Larry Pearson (1986-87), Randy Lajoie (1996-97), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (1998-99), Martin Truex Jr. (2004-05) and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (2011-12). All he needed to do is secure his spot in the Championship 4 last weekend at ISM Raceway.
He did just that.
Reddick, was solid all weekend and finished fourth in both stages run in last Saturday’s race. He’d then bring his No. 2 Chevrolet home third for his fourth top three finish in his last seven races of the season. By virtue of that, Reddick advances to the Championship 4 for the second straight year.
This time, he’s doing so with a different team. Last year, he raced for a title with JR Motorsports. This year, he’s with Richard Childress Racing. Reddick, says that there’s for sure differences between the two organizations, but he and RCR’s trip to the final four is a byproduct on how hard they worked this past offseason.
“For sure there’s some differences from our side to JR Motorsports but we’ve been working really hard even before we got to our first race at Daytona this year to just kind of get an idea for what I like as far as my race car at places like Homestead were you have to run up (the track),” Reddick said of the situation.
Reddick, points to their success this season on tracks like Vegas and Kansas as to why he expects to be strong in Homestead.
“I think of Vegas or even Kansas, we had our car a lot better under that aspect,” Reddick continued. “We’ve been working hard and thinking about what we need at Homestead.”
RCR hasn’t won a title since Austin Dillon did so earlier this decade. Next year, Reddick will move up to a Cup seat with RCR, so this will be his last chance at a championship in NXS competition.
He has a great shot of doing so as well as the original favorite in Christopher Bell has made self inflicted wounds during this postseason. Reddick, has been consistently up front.