Reddick Learned Lessons From All-Star Race

This Week’s Lenovo Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Texas Motor Speedway … Tyler Reddick will be making his fourth NASCAR Cup Series start this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. The driver of the Lenovo Chevrolet has three previous Cup Series starts at Texas earning two top-10 finishes, highlighted by a second-place finish behind teammate Austin Dillion in 2020, giving Richard Childress Racing a one-two finish. He grabbed a ninth-place finish in the 2021 fall event at the 1.5-mile speedway. Earlier this season, Reddick won the pole for the NASCAR All-Star Open at Texas. In NASCAR Xfinity Series competition, Reddick has three top-five finishes in six starts. Earlier this season he won the NASCAR Xfinity Series event Texas, his 10th career victory in the series. Reddick has made six Truck Series starts at Texas, winning the pole for the 2014 fall event and racking up four top-five finishes. Reddick enters Texas 13th in the NASCAR Cup Series championship standings.

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TYLER REDDICK QUOTES:

What did you learn at the All-Star Race that you know you have to be better at when you return to Texas Motor Speedway this weekend?

“We just can’t be bottoming out on the internal stops on the Next Gen car. The last time we were at Texas we had a really fast Lenovo Chevrolet but I couldn’t run the second lane through Turns 3 and 4. And when it came down to it in that final segment of the All-Star Open, I told myself I have to get through Turns 3 and 4 wide open to have a run at Daniel Suarez and unfortunately we crashed. It really limits our options on how we race other cars throughout the day if we’re only able to go through the bottom of 3 and 4 and not in the second and third lanes. We’re working on ways to get around those issues and see what we can find and what we can make better. Our car had speed so we just have to figure out a way to make it through that part of the racetrack.”

Any reason non-playoff drivers won all three races in the opening round of the Playoffs and do you think the trend might continue?

“This Next Gen car has shown that you have to execute all race long. It always seemed like the Playoff drivers and teams get locked-in this time of year and they can just take it to a different level and really make things happen. This is a new car, so we’re all trying to squeeze out every last detail. I think drivers and teams that aren’t in the Playoffs are trying to show they deserve to stay where they’re at in their respective organizations. You have to be perfect all race long and that’s truly a difficult thing, especially at a track like Bristol. I’m not surprised by so many different winners but I thought by this time of year it would be trending back in the direction that it always has been. I certainly think Texas could be another race where we have a non-playoff driver win.”

Richard Childress Racing at Texas Motor Speedway … Richard Childress Racing has two wins at Texas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series: Jeff Burton (2007) and Austin Dillon (2020). Burton led just the final lap to grab his 19th career Cup victory. In 2020, Austin Dillon led the final 10 laps and edged teammate Tyler Reddick by just .149 seconds to score the win. The victory was Dillon’s first at Texas and the 109th all-time by RCR.

Follow Sunday’s Action at Texas … The NASCAR Cup Series Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas Motor Speedway will be televised live on Sunday, September 25 beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET on USA Network. The race will be broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

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