Defending NXS Champion Tyler Reddick To Make Cup Debut With RCR In Daytona 500

It seemed odd at the time when Tyler Reddick left JR Motorsports this past offseason for Richard Childress Racing. Reddick, just won the 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series title for JRM and did so in just his first season with them. Instead of a return to the No. 9 Chevrolet, he would depart and join RCR in the same series.

Rumors started flowing though that the deal with RCR could have some Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series appearances with them though. It took until a few weeks prior to the season opening Daytona 500 for those plans to finally be revealed.

On top of running a full season in the XFINITY Series with RCR, Reddick will also run at least the Daytona 500 in the No. 31 Chevrolet too. The organization confirmed the move on Friday as plans with a sponsor and any additional races will be announced next week.

RCR did make it clear that they’ll only run two full time cars in NASCAR’s premiere division in 2019, so how many other races Reddick will run will just be on a part time basis.

Daniel Hemric drove for RCR the past two years in the XFINITY Series and made the Championship 4 in each season too. He moves up to replace the departing Ryan Newman who left for Roush Fenway Racing in the offseason. The car number was changed from No. 31 to No. 8. Reddick, replaces Hemric in that ride.

Reddick, has also never raced in the Cup Series before as Daytona will mark his first start.

He’s made 51 career NXS starts in reaching victory lane three times, two of which last season alone. He bookended 2018 with a win in the NXS season opener at Daytona and also the season finale just three hours south in Homestead.

The California native has also won three times in the Truck Series in 63 career starts too.

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