By David Morgan, NASCAR Editor
With William Byron departing for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at the end of the season, JR Motorsports had a vacancy in their fourth team car for 2018 that they needed to fill. On Thursday, it was announced that Tyler Reddick would fill that vacancy after signing a multi-year deal with the team.
“This is an amazing opportunity for me,” Reddick said. “Having the chance to race full-time with an organization like JR Motorsports is something I’ve worked toward my entire life. It’s a thrill to be joining such an accomplished group of teammates in going after a championship next year.”
The 21-year old Corning, California native first made waves in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with Brad Keselowski Racing in 2014 before moving to a full-time schedule with the team in 2015 and 2016, where he won three races (Daytona, Dover, and Las Vegas), finishing a career high second in points in 2015.
After leaving BKR this season, Reddick has driven a part-time NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule with Chip Ganassi Racing in the No. 42 car alongside Cup Series regular Kyle Larson, participating in 14 of the first 26 races of the season. In those 14 starts, Reddick has scored one top-five and three top-10 finishes.
“Tyler is a very talented racecar driver and someone we’ve enjoyed watching over the years,” said Kelley Earnhardt Miller, general manager of JR Motorsports. “We’ve seen him make a lot of strides in the short time he’s been in the Xfinity Series. He’s a strong complement to our driver lineup next season, and we’re confident that with consistent seat time he’ll find additional success at this level.”
Reddick’s move to JRM in 2018 places him alongside Elliott Sadler, Justin Allgaier, and Michael Annett in the team’s four car stable. The team will also run a fifth car on a part-time basis next year.
It was noted in the press release that further details about Reddick’s move to JRM, including his sponsors, crew chief, and car number would all be released at a later date.
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