By Luis Torres, Staff Writer
Defending NASCAR Xfinity Series champion Tyler Reddick will move up to the NASCAR Cup Series in 2020, replacing Daniel Hemric in the No. 8 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.
RCR confirmed it Wednesday as the Corning, California native will have Caterpillar as a primary sponsor and becoming the second driver that’ll compete for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors. The other being Reddick’s NXS title rival Christopher Bell, who will drive for Leavine Family Racing.
Reddick already has two Cup starts to his name, making his debut in the Daytona 500 in February where he finished 27th. His most recent start was at Kansas Speedway in May, scoring a solid ninth-place finish.
“It means a lot to me that Richard, his team, and Caterpillar believe in my ability to represent them both on and off the racetrack,” Reddick on moving up to Cup. “My goal was always to get to race on Sundays, and I’m so excited to achieve that next year with RCR, ECR and Caterpillar.
“I’m excited to take this next step in my career with their support, but also realize I’ve still got a lot of work to do this year with my No. 2 team to bring home the Xfinity Series Championship. I can’t think of a better way to end RCR’s 50th celebration and kick off next year than by capturing that trophy.”
Heading into Saturday’s Round of 12 cutoff race at Dover International Speedway, Reddick currently sits third in points, 29 markers behind points leader Bell and 52 points to the good of moving onto the Round of 8.
Since joining RCR this year, Reddick has scored five wins and three poles. Not only that, his strong consistency has put him as the leader in both top-5s (21) and top-10s (24), but also a 5.8 average finish after 28 races has made him a championship contender.