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Kickin The Tires

Reddick’s day turns sour after Stage 2 wreck at Pocono on Saturday

Photo By: Nigel Kinrade Photography / NKP Photo

By: Sarah Handy, Staff Writer

After a 20th place result at Talladega Superspeedway last week, it looked like Rookie Tyler Reddick’s luck may improve at Pocono Raceway on Saturday evening.

But a stage two caution involving Reddick would put a damper on what looked to be a promising day early on.

Reddick’s No. 8 Caterpillar Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing started the 130-lap event from 15th starting spot and quickly worked his way forward.

Cracking the top-10 at one point and spending a majority of the first stage running in the top-15 he took the green-white checkered flag at the end of stage one in 12th.

With only seven laps remaining in the second stage, Reddick and Joe Gibbs Racing driver Erik Jones were both involved in an accident. Jones lost control of his No. 20 coming off of turn 3, [when] Reddick attempted to drive below Jones — the two cars hooked which in turn sent both race cars into the inside front stretch wall.

The No. 8 Chevrolet suffered heavy right-rear damage, but Reddick’s crew made repairs hoping to maintain minimum speed to continue on and finish the race.

For the remainder of the race all it was about was finishing and gaining maximum points. He did finish the race but Reddick was left with a  disappointing 30th place finish in the first of  two races at Pocono this weekend.

“The Caterpillar Chevrolet was really fast today at Pocono Raceway, and I think we showed that,” said Reddick. “We had [good] speed at the start of the race, but we were involved in a wreck at the end of Stage Two that put us two laps down and changed the course of our race. From then on out, it was all about finishing and earning maximum points.”

“I have to thank my guys for their hard work and making repairs so I could finish the last stage. We kept after it as a team and finished all the laps, trying to maximize on as many points as we could. We will regroup and be ready for round two tomorrow. Thank you to Caterpillar and the Cleveland Brothers for their support. We will definitely be ready to go tomorrow.”

Reddick will start tomorrow’s Pocono 350 from the 30th starting position.

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