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July 2, 2022

Reddick: ‘I’ll be racing with RCR next year,’ but already eyeing ’24 talks

Tyler Reddick with Richard childress
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PLYMOUTH, Wis. – If there’s one thing Tyler Reddick knows for sure, it’s where he’ll be in 2023 – and that’s competing in the NASCAR Cup Series for his fourth full-time season.

“Next year is all taken care of,” Reddick said Saturday at Road America. “I’ll be racing with RCR next year.”

Which is where he is right now, driving the No. 8 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing.

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Reddick has been with the two-car operation – teammates with Austin Dillon in the No. 3 entry – since joining the top level in 2020. He was with the organization at large a year prior on the way to a second straight Xfinity Series title.

The 2023 season was an option year for Reddick, and team owner Richard Childress has previously indicated the team would exercise that option. There has not been a formal announcement, though.

Rather than relaxing with that news, Reddick glances ahead periodically to 2024, when he’s not guaranteed a ride.

“Well, it’s a tough thing,” Reddick said. “It is far down the line, but you have to be thinking. You gotta give as much as you can in the present and the now, but some of what happens in the present now is set up by what you do in the future. So, certainly thinking about that. And we’ll see. I got a little bit of time, I guess.”

Career-wise, Reddick has 91 starts and is still seeking his first win. The 26-year-old already topped his previous season-best top-five (three, in 2020 and 2021) and laps-led (43 in 2021) marks by notching four and 249, respectively, this season – just 17 races into the 36-race schedule. His best finish remains second, doing so twice this year and five times overall. There’s only one driver all-time who had more runner-ups without a win in his career: G.C. Spencer with seven.

Reddick qualified fourth for Sunday’s Kwik Trip 250 at Road America (3 p.m. ET on USA Network, NBC Sports App, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), where he came in eighth last season.

BetMGM lists Reddick at 22-1 odds to win. Polesitter Chase Elliott, a fellow Chevy pilot, is the favorite at 9-2. Reddick was 0.313 seconds and 0.252 mph slower than Elliott, last week’s winner at Nashville and defending Road America winner.

“Honestly, even if you’re secure like I am, you’re always racing,” Reddick said. “Because you got to be able to negotiate for the next better deal. You want to make a little bit more money or whatever it might be. … If you run really bad, you’re not going to be as valuable as you would be if you run really good.”