Tyler Reddick broke his 91-race winless run in the NASCAR Cup series since he made his debut 4 years ago as he marked his first career win in Road America last weekend outrunning defending race winner and former champion Chase Elliott at the end. The two times Xfinity series champion who is less experienced when it comes to the road courses were able to keep the trend of road course wins going to the first-time winners this season as both Ross Chastain and Daniel Suarez of Trackhouse Racing achieved their wins this season at COTA and Sonoma.
Tyler Reddick has been flirting with a win, in his RCR No:8 Chevy since he made his full-time debut, and this season he has done that more than just once. Though the NASCAR community was sure of the fact that Reddick will get a win sooner than later it was a matter of when. If not for the last lap incident with Chase Briscoe at Bristol this would have been his second win of the season. Now the legendary team owner Richard Childress has come forth expressing his thoughts on his main driver’s first career win.
Find out what Richard Childress had to say on the win
Richard Childress acknowledged that it is great to see Tyler Reddick in the winner circle as he resonates with the NASCAR fan’s view that his win was always coming it was just a matter of when it is. He added that the RCR team had a couple of meetings with him regarding hunting for the win and he did exactly what he was supposed to do on Sunday as he was solid and didn’t beat himself.
“It’s great to see Tyler Reddick in the winner’s circle. It was a matter of if he was going to do it, it was when they were going to win. That’s what we kept telling them. Had a couple of meetings, all of us, and talked about what it’s going to take to get us in the winner’s circle, and that’s not beat yourself and be solid, and that’s what these guys did today, and they did that,” said Richard Childress.
He points out that it’s the best feeling to beat Chase Elliott one of the best in the grid and Hendrick’s guy for a first career win and acknowledged that he has one more driver, Austin Dillon, who is just a win away from playoff which he is trying to do saying “When you beat Chase Elliott, you beat one of the best, and Hendrick’s guys, hats off to them they’ve got their four cars in, and we’ve got one of ours. We’ve got one more to try to get in,”.
Richard Childress went on to say that he has witnessed Reddick’s brilliance since he started running in the Truck series as though he struggled and was always ready to drive the trucks to the limit. He pointed out that Reddick had the same attitude when he entered the Xfinity Series with JR Motorsports as he pushed the limit of his car for the wins. Richard Childress added that when he saw him before Sunday’s race he told him to “we just can’t beat ourselves; be solid” and they are going to get a win here.
“I’ve watched Tyler since he was running the trucks. He struggled a little bit there, but he was always driving the trucks to their limit. Then when he got in the Xfinity at JR Motorsports, he was the same. He drove– he’s got so much talent, he just pushes that limit every week, and I knew between Randall and myself and talking with him, and I told him this morning, you’re going to win this race, we just can’t beat ourselves; be solid,” Richard Childress said.
He went on to say that he is just proud of his crew and team and what they have accomplished as it’s been a huge joint effort by them. Richard Childress explained that he is proud of the way the engine ran on Sunday as it was the HDC engine he and Rick Hendrick trying to develop together for their better future.
“I think I told y’all that on the radio when the race started. I was just proud of what these guys have done and accomplished, and it’s been a huge team effort, and to have our engines today out there running like they were, the HCD engines that Hendrick and I are working together to develop, it made me feel really good,” Richard Childress explained.