Tyler Reddick will continue his NASCAR ascension next season as he moves to the Cup Series with Richard Childress Racing.
Reddick ended his Xfinity Series career as a two-time champion. After winning the title in 2018 with JR Motorsports, Reddick went back-to-back this season driving the RCR No. 2 entry. He became the ninth driver in history to win a pair of titles and the seventh to win consecutive championships joining Sam Ard, Larry Pearson, Randy LaJoie, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Martin Truex Jr, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
“The first one was special, but this one means more and it’s special in different ways on top of it, from the moment me and Richard (Childress) sat down last year talking about doing something this current year and how much excitement and faith he had in my driving ability, and he thought we could — well before I won the championship with JR Motorsports, he thought I could be a champion,” Reddick said after clinching the title last month at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Reddick is the only driver in series history to score consecutive crowns with two different organizations, an accomplishment he is extremely proud of achieving.
“It’s awesome, but like I said, it’s really special to win it with Richard and this team, from the shop guys that don’t get to travel that were expressing how excited they were to have me come in and how high their excitement level was, just getting me more pumped up than even winning a championship only a week ago, having people tell me how excited and enthused they are, went a long way and a lot further than even I anticipated initially,” he said.
Now Reddick makes the move to the Cup Series in 2020 where he’ll join fellow Xfinity Series “Big 3” drivers Christopher Bell and Cole Custer in next year’s Rookie of the Year battle.
Bell will pilot the Leavine Family Racing No. 95 Toyota with a strong alliance to Joe Gibbs Racing while Custer replaces Daniel Suarez in the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 41 Ford. Reddick takes the wheel of the RCR No. 8 Chevrolet that was ironically driven to this year’s Rookie of the Year honors by Daniel Hemric, who will drive a limited Xfinity Series schedule for JR Motorsports next season.
“Been a lot of fun racing them,” Reddick said of Bell and Custer. “I’m looking forward to racing them along with some really talented other drivers on Sundays.
“It’s just crazy that us three were able to win so many races and we were racing against each other so much. It was a blast.”