One of NASCAR’s worst kept secrets was made official today. 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series champion Tyler Reddick will graduate to the Cup Series in 2020, driving the No. 8 for Richard Childress Racing.
— RCR (@RCRracing) October 2, 2019
Reddick is in the middle of a championship hunt with RCR in the Xfinity Series. He’s already up to five wins this year and 21 top five finishes in just 28 races in 2019. Adding to that, Reddick scored a ninth place finish in his second career Cup Series start in May at Kansas.
The second year Xfinity Series competitor surprised everyone in 2018 by making it to the final four in Miami. He capitalized on his opportunity, wheeling his Jr Motorsports Camaro to victory lane and capturing a title. Reddick then made the move to RCR, citing a path to a Cup Series future.
11 months later, that move looks brilliant.
Reddick will replace Daniel Hemric, who was a rookie in the series this season. Key sponsor Caterpillar will remain on board with Reddick in 2020.
RCR will once again field two cars in 2020, running Austin Dillon and Tyler Reddick full time.
Hemric, who was left without a ride for next season, has already been connected to the No. 37 opening at JTG Daugherty Racing. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is another option for that team.
RCR has struggled on the track in 2019, but they’re hoping that some new blood and a truly elite young prospect can spring them forward in 2020.