By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer
NASCAR’s Throwback Weekend will feature many paint schemes that have not been seen in decades, including the one that Tyler Reddick will carry at Darlington Raceway. The NASCAR Xfinity Series driver’s No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro SS will throwback to Tim Richmond’s Old Milwaukee Beer No. 27 Pontiac Grand Prix owned by Raymond Beadle.
Reddick has one previous start at ‘The Track too Tough to Tame.’ The then-Chip Ganassi Racing driver started 12th and finished 16th last year. The team did not participate in the throwback weekend festivities last year. The now-JR Motorsports driver Reddick will have a lot to live up to as Richmond finished second and third in two of his six starts in the Old Milwaukee Pontiac.
“The throwback weekend at Darlington, for me, is one of my favorite weekends of the year,” Reddick explained. “As a driver, this is one of the most fun racetracks that we go to and is definitely one of the most challenging for sure. It’s really cool to be able to take part in the throwback weekend for the first time this year with our Tim Richmond scheme.
“It’s such a special scheme to me and the fact that we have a connection at JR Motorsports with Ryan’s (Beadle, JRM General Counsel) dad, Raymond, being the original owner of this paint scheme just makes it all the more special. Hopefully we can keep it clean all race long and run for the win.”
Reddick enters the Sports Clips Haircuts VFW 200 seventh in the Championship Points Standings. The 22-year-old is locked into the 2018 Playoffs via his win in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway.
The Corning, CA-native is third among drivers that have earned Playoff Points, with six. Reddick’s JRM teammate, and Championship Points Leader, Justin Allgaier has 19 Playoff Points. Christopher Bell has earned the most Playoff Points, with 24.
JR Motorsports has won two of the last four Darlington races, with Chase Elliott in 2014 and Elliott Sadler in 2016.