The 2019 Xfinity Series season was supposed to be nothing but Christopher Bell dominating races on his way to a cup ride in 2020. Instead, Tyler Reddick and Cole Custer are giving him a legitimate run for his money week in and week out.
Reddick picked up win No. 3 over the weekend at Michigan International Speedway, capitalizing on a fuel strategy mistake by Bell and Custer. With 11 top five finishes now in 14 tries, Tyler Reddick has become a can’t miss Cup Series prospect.
According to Adam Stern, Richard Childress isn’t planning on letting him get away. Stern reports that RCR is working to get Reddick in a full time Cup ride next season.
— Adam Stern (@A_S12) June 10, 2019
Reddick started both of those races in a No. 31 entry for RCR, a third car for the primarily two car team. With neither Austin Dillon or Daniel Hemric headed anywhere any time soon, the No. 31 going full time makes some sense, if RCR can secure the funds to go back to a three car operation. They haven’t been a three car team since 2017, when RCR fielded a No. 27 for Paul Menard.
If not, RCR holds alliances with Richard Petty Motorsports and Germain Racing, which fields cars currently for Bubba Wallace and Ty Dillon.
Reddick moved to the RCR camp after winning the Xfinity Series title in 2018. The California native won at Daytona to open 2018, then again in Miami to close the year with a championship. Reddick moved to RCR because of a potential Cup opportunity down the road. So far this year, he’s done everything possible to take that next step in the 2020 season.