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Tyler Reddick Races to Top-10 Finish at Auto Club Speedway

Tyler Reddick, driver of the No. 9 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Chevrolet Camaro, fought for position inside the top 10 throughout Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Roseanne 300 at Auto Club Speedway, earning valuable stage points in both Stage One and Stage Two before taking the checkered in the seventh position. With the result, Reddick has recorded a top-10 finish in four of the first five races of the 2018 season and remains second in the championship standings, four points behind JR Motorsports teammate Elliott Sadler.

Reddick took the green flag for the 150-lap event from the 16th position and wasted little time moving forward, improving eight positions by the completion of the opening lap and a total of 11 positions before the first caution of the day came out on lap 33. With the caution falling so late in Stage One, NASCAR opted to end the stage under yellow with Reddick scored in the fifth position, earning the driver of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Camaro six valuable stage points.

Crew chief Dave Elenz called Reddick to pit road in between stages for four tires and a slight adjustment, sending the Corning, Calif. native back out for the lap-40 restart in the fourth position. Reddick battled inside the top five throughout the entire second stage, using a long green-flag run to drive up to second before the caution came out once again on lap 69. This caution, like the previous one on lap 33, led to the stage ending under caution with Reddick sitting in second and earning another nine valuable stage points.

The JRM driver took the green for the final stage from second on lap 76 and maintained his top-three track position until a lap 97 caution provided Elenz with another opportunity to bring Reddick to pit road for fresh tires and adjustments. Reddick took the lap-102 restart in second and continued to fight for position until a caution on lap 111 opened the door for another round of pit stops. After pitting for four tires and fuel, Reddick returned to the track in ninth as several cars opted for different strategies on pit road, shuffling up the running order.

Despite the loss of track position, Reddick pressed forward and continued to battle for position inside the top 10 until the final caution of the day came out on lap 140. Reddick took the ensuing restart from eighth before improving one position in the closing laps to take the checkered flag in seventh.

With the result, Reddick has now recorded a top-10 finish in six of his last seven NXS starts dating back to Kansas Speedway in the fall of 2017.

Joey Logano scored the victory with JRM drivers Justin Allgaier and Sadler finishing second and third, respectively. Austin Dillon and Daniel Hemric rounded out the top five.

Tyler Reddick, driver No. 9 Nationwide Children’s Hospital team
“We had a really fast Nationwide Children’s Hospital Chevrolet today. It was a lot of fun running up by the wall all race long. I can’t thank my guys enough for their hard work and effort this weekend to give us a fast car. We know what we can do during these next two weeks off to continue to learn and get better before we get back going again in Texas.”