By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer
As Tyler Reddick finishes off his 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship bid with JR Motorsports, his 2019 plans have been finalized with Richard Childress Racing. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender will take the place of current RCR driver Daniel Hemric, with the car number and sponsorship details to be announced at a later date.
Reddick has found quick success throughout his young NASCAR career. In 2017, he won in his first part-time Xfinity Series season at Kentucky Speedway, setting a record for largest margin of victory on a 1.5-Mile track in the series. Reddick’s 2018 Playoff bid started with a history making closest margin of victory in NASCAR history the season opener at Daytona, 0.0004 seconds.
“Tyler has had a lot of success so far in his racing career, and we intend on continuing that success with him in 2019,” said Richard Childress, Chairman and CEO of RCR. “I’m confident that he will do a great job representing RCR on and off the track. Tyler is a talented driver who’s not afraid to go after wins, and I look forward to seeing that drive to win on the track with us next season.”
RCR currently has two drivers in the Playoffs, Hemric and Matt Tifft. So far this season, RCR has one victory with Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Austin Dillon. The organization has 23 top-five and 44 top-10 finishes, along with five pole positions, in 90 combined starts.
“I’m really looking forward to joining RCR in 2019,” said Reddick. “RCR has had a stout Xfinity program throughout the years with a lot of talented team members and resources available to its drivers. I want to thank JR Motorsports for what they’ve done this past year to help me advance my career and skills behind the wheel.
“Ultimately, my goal is to race on Sundays and I feel that by joining RCR, I can continue to race up front in the Xfinity Series while also learning from one of the top Cup programs in the garage.”
In 63 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts, Reddick has three victories, 25 top-five and 40 top-10 finishes. His best finish in the final points standings was second in 2015. Reddick also won his first career start in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East at Rockingham Speedway.
Reddick’s opportunity with RCR marks the fourth consecutive season with a different team. Prior to last year’s partial Xfinity season with Chip Ganassi Racing, he was competing full-time with Brad Keselowski Racing in the Truck Series.