Tyler Reddick, winner of last year’s Xfinity race at Daytona, will attempt to make the Daytona 500 in a No. 31 entry from Richard Childress Racing. The 2018 Xfinity Series champion moved to the RCR stable from JR Motorsports over the offseason.
Reddick made the announcement today, teasing his No. 31 paint scheme.
Super excited to announce I’ll be entering the 2019 #DAYTONA500 in the No. 31 for @RCRracing! Keep your eyes peeled next week for my partner & paint scheme reveal! 👀 here’s a little taste 😏 pic.twitter.com/ATMfmTuocd
— Tyler Reddick (@TylerReddick) February 1, 2019
Tyler Reddick will compete full time in the Xfinity Series this season for RCR, running the No. 2 car which was vacated by Matt Tifft. Reddick cited an easier path to the Cup Series as his reasoning for the move.
RCR promoted Daniel Hemric to their Cup Series program to replace Ryan Newman over the offseason. The team will switch from the 31 to the 8, but the same group remains in tact otherwise.
It’s worth wondering if a successful 2019 Xfinity campaign would lead to a full time Cup ride for Reddick in 2020.