NASCARNASCAR Cup SeriesReddick After Texas Disappointment: "Just Sucked"

Reddick After Texas Disappointment: “Just Sucked”

FORT WORTH, Texas – Winning Stage 1 of Sunday’s AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 400 seemed to be the only positive takeaway for Tyler Reddick. 

Reddick was on pit road when Suarez spun and got stuck in the grass by pit road entrance. The strategy of pitting early ended up hurting the No. 45 Toyota Camry as they were caught a lap down to the race leader and scored outside the top 20. 

Late in the race, Reddick got loose and hit the outside wall, along with Erik Jones. Moments later, the chain reaction of events caused more cars to crash, including Playoff contender Ryan Blaney, to bring out what would be the final caution of the race. 

“Just sucked,” Reddick shared after being the 25th car to cross the finish line. “That’s pretty much it, honestly. Great car, nothing to show for it.” 

The emotions turned quickly after his win at Kansas Speedway earlier this month. What was one of the highest of highs turned into dismay as the NASCAR Cup Series heads to Talladega Superspeedway. As a superspeedway race that sees a high percentage of large crashes, it’s common to think of that as a wildcard for the Playoffs. 

But Reddick is staying focused on the task at hand, not deterring from the overall goal for his 23XI Racing team. 

“Nothing changes. We just move on.” 

Reddick unofficially sits 10th in the NASCAR Playoff standings, three points below the cutoff. The Round of 12 has two events remaining before four drivers are eliminated. 

Justin Schuoler
Justin Schuoler
Justin’s experience starts back in the mid-90s racing dirt bikes and ATVs. He won a local championship in 1999, and competed in multiple endurance grand prix races across Southern California. In 2015, he shifted from two wheels to four wheels, winning his first sprint kart race and finishing second in that championship. Now he works as a race official with that very club while working on making a comeback to the track. Simultaneously, his journalism career began with NASCAR and Supercross. First started with Speedway Media, he now works as the web developer and tech manager for Kickin’ the Tires. He met his significant other at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and after he and Rachel married in 2018, they together have covered west coast races in karting, Supercross, NASCAR, drag racing, dirt racing, World of Outlaws, and even a visit to his original motocross club.


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