It was confirmed on Wednesday, Oct. 2 by Richard Childress Racing that Tyler Reddick will be moving to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series to drive the No.8 Chevrolet.
It was not an announcement that shocked anybody, or a move many argue will argue against.
After all, Reddick is the defending NASCAR Xfinity Series Champion and currently having an even better season where he has captured five wins and the regular-season championship.
It could even be argued that Reddick is the most Cup-ready of the current batch of Xfinity Series regulars. After all, he’s already impressed in NASCAR’s top-level with a ninth-place finish in only his second start earlier this season at Kansas Speedway.
There is no other arguing that Reddick is ready for the jump; however, if you rewind the tape to the beginning of October last year, a future in Cup would have looked like a stretch.
Reddick only had one win that came at Daytona, and really did not scream weekly contender with 13 finishes outside the top-20. He was in the playoffs but was not a favorite to win the title, let alone make the Championship 4 in a season that was dominated by Christopher Bell and Justin Allgaier.
Later in the month, it would be announced that he was leaving the team to join RCR, which could have been seen as a step backward, and was a move that did not surprise anyone.
Reddick just seemed like someone could not be put in the same ballpark as Bell and Cole Custer as possible future Cup stars. All of this truly makes what he has accomplished in the year since that much more impressive.
He put together an impressive string through the 2018 Xfinity Series playoffs, en route to winning the title with a sensational performance in the season finale at Homestead-Maimi Speedway. He has also since proven that his championship performance was not a fluke, that he can contend for wins on a weekly basis, and that he is somebody that is going to need an eye kept on.
After all, it was not like RCR was just winning race left and right before 2019. They only had one in the two previous seasons which didn’t come from any of their full-time drivers in Xfinity.
With how much Reddick has turned around their program, it does raise the question – what can he do at the next level? Can he turn around an organization that has been on the decline?
With what he’s done in a year, it is certainly not out of the question.
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