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Tyler Reddick Impresses With Top-10 Finish in Second Cup Series Start

Tyler Reddick, driver of the #31Tame The Beast Camaro ZL1, races to a 9th place finish with Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Ally Camaro ZL1 who finished in 6th place Saturday, May 11, 2019 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Jim Fluharty/HHP for Chevy Racing)

Tyler Reddick rolled from the grid in Saturday night’s Digital Ally 400 at Kansas Speedway from the 21st starting spot, and expectations were very low for the 23-year old driver who was making his second career start in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Turns out the expectations should have been higher — much higher as Reddick came home with a solid ninth place finish.

Reddick had a solid top-15 car on the night, but the key to turning a good race into a great night was a perfectly timed caution.

Late in the race, Reddick was one of eight cars who had not pitted during a green flag pit stop sequence when a caution came out for a loose wheel on pit road. This trapped the other 32 cars in the field one lap or more down.

“We are very fortunate to have a lot of cars that were trapped down a lap or two,” Reddick explained. “It honestly saved us from having a pretty unfortunate finish to how good we were at times throughout the race.”

It’s easy to get greedy in Motorsports though. After having a potential top-15 run turn into a slam dunk top-10 effort, Reddick walked away from Kansas disappointed.

“I think we could have definitely had a little more there with the way the situation played out,” Reddick said. “From that aspect, it’s disappointing, but a top ten has a lot of positives. It was a lot of fun driving the car. It was a unique opportunity. I always want more. I’ve raced against some of these guys in the Xfinity Series. It’s still a lot of fun to finish in the top ten, but we didn’t come here to run top ten. We can here for the win.”

Not only was it an eye-opening performance for the 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series champion, but he also out performed Richard Childress Racing’s two full-time Cup Series drivers (Austin Dillon and Daniel Hemric) on Saturday night.

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Toby is the Founder, Editor and go-to man for TobyChristie.com. He is the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly Podcast. Additionally, Toby is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award winning writer, and has followed the sport as a fan since 1993.

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