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Tyler Reddick confirms return to RCR for 2021 Cup Series

Tyler Reddick confirmed Friday that he will return to Richard Childress Racing’s No. 8 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Cup Series next season.

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Reddick, a two-time champion in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, is in his first full season with RCR’s Cup Series operation. He leads the five other Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidates in the series standings.

Reddick was asked in a Friday teleconference about NASCAR’s changing free-agency landscape, a picture that became even more complex with Thursday’s news that Erik Jones would be released by Joe Gibbs Racing at the end of the season. In assessing the moves, Reddick volunteered that his employment situation was secure for 2021.

“Well, it’s definitely always concerning regardless of age when you’re 24 years old and you’re getting replaced in the Cup Series or any kind of racing,” Reddick said of Jones. “But it’s part of it. It’s unfortunate, but that’s the world we live in. There’s always comers and goers, and there’s always somebody coming up through ranks that is going to have a shot in some things.

“I’m glad I know where I’m going to be next year. I’m going to be with RCR. So not necessarily allowing the pressure to come off by any means. We still want to make the playoffs. We still want to run really good this year. We want to beat Cole (Custer) and Christopher (Bell) in the Rookie of the Year battle along with John Hunter (Nemechek) and the other drivers that are competing. It’s not going to take away my aggression any, knowing that for the first time in a while, I guess, in my racing career since the (Brad Keselowski Racing) days if you will, that I’m going to be in the same place for multiple years is nice.”