Tyler Reddick crashes into pit-road barrier during Next Gen testing at Charlotte

CONCORD, N.C. — Tyler Reddick was unhurt after crashing into the pit-road wall during Wednesday’s opening day of Next Gen testing at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Reddick’s No. 8 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet slid exiting Turn 4 and clouted the impact-absorbing sand barrels at the pit wall’s start point. The car sustained significant left-side damage, but Reddick was able to drive it back to the garage. He was evaluated and released from the track’s infield medical center.

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Two days of testing are scheduled at the 1.5-mile Charlotte oval this week as the newest-generation race car for the NASCAR Cup Series nears its 2022 debut. In addition to Wednesday’s session, another test day is set for Friday, with track time allotted for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET both days. Wednesday’s crash occurred shortly after noon ET, prompting a lengthy clean-up. Cars returned to the track at 12:50 p.m. ET.

Earlier Wednesday, Ricky Stenhouse drove away from a single-car spin in his No. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet. The incident occurred just a few laps into a group run with one of the three aero/engine configurations NASCAR officials and teams are trying out during Wednesday’s on-track runs.

Austin Dillon, Reddick’s teammate at RCR, crashed during the most recent Next Gen test. The team was able to repair the No. 3 Chevrolet and return it to the track in the same day.