Monday, 21 October 2019

Options open for Tyler Reddick as 2020 plans remain undecided – NASCAR

LOUDON,  N.H. – With less than half the 2019 Xfinity Series schedule remaining and postseason racing right around the corner, defending champion Tyler Reddick doesn’t know where he’ll be calling home next year – or even what division he’ll be competing in.

On a path to his second straight title, the 23-year-old NXS points leader said Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, site of Saturday’s ROXOR 200 (4 p.m. ET, NBCSN/NBC Sports App, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), “it would be cool” if he and the rest of the series’ “Big 3” of himself, Christopher Bell and Cole Custer were racing in the Cup Series together next year, but perhaps not likely.

“I have fun racing against Christopher and Cole already but don’t know where all of us would stack up if we did go Cup racing,” Reddick said. “I have an idea of where those two would like to go, but it’s a matter of if they can go if the right opportunity opens up. You put them in the right cars, I think they’ve shown that they’re going to fly; they’re really fast. Just trying to continue to make our case every week we can so that when we get that opportunity, we can be ready for it.”

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Reddick, who has three wins and 14 top 10s in 17 NXS starts this season, has made a pair of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts this year. He piloted the No. 31 Richard Childress Racing entry in the Daytona 500 and again at Kansas Speedway, where he picked up the first top 10 of his career at NASCAR’s top level.

He’d like to show what he’s capable of racing on Sundays, but nothing is slated for the time being – for another one-off start this season or for a potential full-time gig next.

“We’re working hard on the next Cup race, just as of right now it’s up in the air,” Reddick said. “We’ve just got to make it all fit together and when it does obviously we’ll let everybody know. … Trying to piece (next year) together, too. We’ll see what happens. A lot of year left, actually, but it’s that time of year when the questions start getting asked so we’ll just try to keep running the best that we can and it’s going to happen or it won’t. We’ll see what happens.

“(My contract is) just this year right now and I think there’s options here and there and whatnot, but I don’t want to get into those details,” Reddick added. “We’re working hard. We want to win the championship on the Xfinity side and there’s a lot of other distractions out there and you want to be interested in the potential of this or that and what can we piece together, right now it’s just trying to get the next Cup race going. That other stuff will work out. You just run the best you can and hopefully the right people come along to make something possible on the Cup side.”

Reddick will look to improve Saturday upon last year’s result at the “Magic Mile” – 25th – as he continues to build momentum toward the playoffs with less than two months of regular season remaining.



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