Has there been any driver that has proven themselves more in the last nine months than Tyler Reddick? It’s certainly a question to ask as he currently leads the NASCAR Xfinity Series points.
Recall, before the 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series playoffs, Reddick was an afterthought. Though he had shown signs of strength, the focus was on drivers like Christopher Bell and Cole Custer, as they were pegged as the next big things of the sport.
The biggest consensus was Reddick’s lack of consistency, as he was involved in multiple wrecks, ultimately causing him to not finish five events. The amount of continued damage repair and lack of sponsorship resulted in Reddick being told he would not continue with the team in 2019 as of October 2018.
However, no one could have possibly expected what would happen next, with Reddick going on a remarkable run.
In the next seven races he would score six top-10’s, including three finishes of sixth or better to earn him a chance at a championship. In his final start with JR Motorsports, Reddick would go on to win the Ford 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, as well as his first series title in NASCAR.
The question had to be asked though, was this a fluke? Would he be able to carry this momentum from JR Motorsports to Richard Childress Racing? After all, RCR is a team that had seen far less success in recent years.
Well, if 2019 has proven anything it is that Reddick is legit. There have been no signs of slowing down from the 23-year-old, whose only finished worse than fifth twice this season.
Currently, Reddick is on a stretch where he hasn’t finished outside the top-four since Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March. Most recently, he captured his second win of the season in the Alsco 300, where the driver of the No. 2 controlled most of the day at Charlotte Motor Speedway, leading 110 of 200 laps.
After 11 races, Reddick has himself currently positioned atop the points standings with a commanding 65-point lead and 13 playoff points in the bank. In addition, Reddick’s impressive performance in Xfinity, along with a ninth-place finish in his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start, has his owner Richard Childress referring to him as a “superstar”.
So, was his 2018 success a fluke? Absolutely not.
What Reddick has demonstrated during the opening stages of the 2019 season only proves that his time in the spotlight is only beginning. He has not only made his name but established it as a credible threat on a weekly basis. Reddick deserves to be in the conversation with Bell and Custer, getting the same respect and praise those two get.
Point being, Tyler Reddick is the real deal.
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