Big Machine Racing will continue to evaluate their NASCAR Xfinity Series program this weekend at Darlington Raceway, and the No. 48 team has enlisted Tyler Reddick to help them in the Mahindra Roxor 200. Reddick will also drive the car in the next NXS race at Texas Motor Speedway on May 21st.
This weekend, the No. 48 car will sport a throwback design of Bobby Allison’s 1972 Southern 500 race-winning paint scheme.
Reddick, who drives the No. 8 NASCAR Cup Series entry for Richard Childress Racing, has nine-career NASCAR Xfinity Series wins and two NXS championships on his record. That being said, team owner Scott Borchetta is excited to see what his team can do this weekend.
“We are honored to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bobby Allison’s 1972 Southern 500 win. The design has always been a fan favorite and we’re thrilled to have former Xfinity Series champ Tyler Reddick behind the wheel. The Big Machine Vodka SPIKED Coolers team badly wants this design back in Victory Lane,” said Borchetta in a team release.
“I’m really excited to get back in an Xfinity Series car and it’s even cooler that I get to do it for Darlington Throwback Weekend,” Reddick said. “I’ve always loved that weekend because it honors our sport’s legends, like Bobby Allison. Big Machine Racing put together a really awesome looking car, and Bobby Allison is not only a NASCAR Hall of Famer but a NASCAR icon. I hope we can get this hot rod in Victory Lane on the 50 th anniversary of his Southern 500 win. Thanks to Big Machine Racing’s alliance with Richard Childress Racing, our Chevy will certainly be fast and I’m hoping we can get that No. 48 up front. Thank you so much to Big Machine Racing for letting me get behind the wheel of the car. I’m really looking forward to it and to running other races in the future.”
The No. 48 Big Machine Racing team, which boasts an alliance with Richard Childress Racing, sits a disappointing 28th in the NASCAR Xfinity Series owner standings after 10 races in 2022.
The team, which saw subpar performance with Jade Buford behind the wheel in the season’s opening eight races, opted to make a move to Kaz Grala over the last two races to evaluate where their equipment stood.
Grala, who has turned in top performances with RCR in the past, was only able to muster a best finish of 24th with the team in his two races (Talladega and Dover). The team will hope that Reddick can break them out of their funk this weekend and at the next race at TMS.