Promising day turned sour for Tyler Reddick at Phoenix

Photo By: Nigel Kinrade Photography / NKP

By: Sarah Handy, Staff Writer 

The end result in Sunday’s FanShield 500 at Phoenix Raceway for Richard Childress Racing Rookie Tyler Reddick wasn’t what he had hoped for.

Reddick ran with the big boys yesterday afternoon and certainly turned heads with his performance early on.

Rolling off the grid from the 28th position in his No. 8 I Am Second Chevrolet; Reddick didn’t stay there long as he meticulously worked his way through the running order.

As Stage 1 came to its conclusion on Lap-75, Reddick found himself scored in the ninth position and kept up his consistently also finishing Stage 2 in the Top-10 in fourth. 

In fact, he was running as high as second on a Lap-222 restart. But two tires proved to be a challenge as his No. 8 Chevrolet fell back considerably in the running order.

Then what was looking to be a promising day turned sour on Lap-265.

Reddick had a tire go down in Turns 1 and 2, bringing his day to a halt and finishing a disappointing 33rd.

“Well, we lost a tire there in (Turns) 1 and 2. I really don’t know what led to that. I don’t know if I just caught something on the race track or it just wasn’t meant to be. Our I Am Second Chevrolet was really, really good today. I just made a couple of mistakes there that cost us track position. I don’t know if that’s what ultimately would have kept us from cutting a tire, but we were in really good shape there and I just made a rookie mistake and fell back to the back half of the top 10 and from there we had our flat tire, and that was the end of our day unfortunately.”

Reddick will be back in action next weekend as the series visits Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 on March 15.

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