Following a successful part-time program last year, Tyler Reddick is ready to step up as a full-time driver this season in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
He will pilot the No.9 Chevrolet Camaro for JR Motorsports where William Byron drove that car to his NXS championship swansong.
With Byron now at Hendrick Motorsports in the Cup Series, will Tyler Reddick step into his shoes and fight for an NXS Drivers’ Championship?
Tyler Reddick’s partial 2017 season with Chip Ganassi Racing.
Before we dig deeper into his entry into the XFINITY Series, it’s that difficult to find a full-time ride, especially you have the talent but don’t have the money.
So that’s not a lot of options to choose in 2017.
However, Chip Ganassi Racing gave a lifeline by handing Reddick a fresh start on a part-time basis.
That’s the first step of putting those hours behind the wheel because driving an XFINITY Series car is a step above compared to driving a Truck car.
His Results during his part-time in the NXS
Reddick started off the season not as bad when he finished 20th during the season-opener race at Daytona.
He did improve on his next outing at Phoenix in 14th.
Reddick’s weekend at Texas wasn’t right where he finished 33rd.
However, he did improve at Talladega and Charlotte where he finished 20th and 10th respectively.
He finished a consistent 13th at Michigan before he scored his first Top 5 finish at Iowa in 3rd place.
He didn’t have a great run during the July race in Daytona where he was involved in a wreck that relegated him to 27th place.
The following week, he bounced back with another Top 10 finish in 10th at Kentucky.
However, the next two races seemed to be a room for improvement when he finished:
- 37th at Indianapolis
- 36th at Iowa.
The next three races seemed to be back on track where he finished:
- 11th at Bristol
- 16th at Darlington
- 17th at Richmond.
Then he went on to lead a race-high 66 laps before he took out his first NXS win in Kentucky.
Reddick finished 26th at Dover before he won two more pole awards in Kansas and Homestead where he finished 2nd & 4th at these tracks respectively to end his partial year with Ganassi.
Quick Stats heading into the 2018 season
- 18 races
- 3210 of 3368 laps completed, 95.3%
- led 87 laps ahead of anyone out on track
- Two Pole awards
- One win
- Four Top Five finishes, 22.2%
- Six Top Ten finishes, 33.3%
- Average Start: 10.4
- Average Finish: 16.7
- 2 DNFs
Tyler Reddick made the most of his part-time year where he proved that he has the raw speed, talent, and commitment to establish his case into the new year as a full-time driver.
He’s in a top team like JR Motorsports where his objective is to match the standard that William Byron did in the same No.9 car last season.
There will be competition from his team-mates such as Justin Allgaier and Elliott Sadler.
But the list doesn’t stop there because you’re looking at other young talented drivers in this NXS group such as:
- Christopher Bell
- Cole Custer
- Austin Cindric
- Ryan Reed
- Matt Tifft
- Daniel Hemric.
He’s here for a big prize to prove himself what’s he made of as a driver before appealing to some of the established Cup Series teams that are keeping an eye on each race weekend.
But for now, Tyler Reddick is the man to match Williams Byron’s talents from his Championship year to a season Reddick wanted on his own.
You will see Reddick drive the No.9 Chevrolet Camaro for JR Motorsports this Saturday for the PowerShares QQQ 300 at Daytona International Speedway, 2.30 PM ET LIVE on FS1.
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Image and Statistics: Racing Reference.