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2022 Season in Review: Tyler Reddick

(Photo: Maddie Skidan | The Podium Finish)

Tyler Reddick returned to Richard Childress Racing for his third NASCAR Cup Series season in 2022. Here’s what happened:

By the numbers

Points: 14th

Wins: 3

Top 5s: 10

Top 10s: 15

Average start: 9.5

Average finish: 17.6

DNFs: 8

Laps led: 503

Highlights

After going winless his first two seasons, Reddick finally broke through with his first three victories in 2022. Surprisingly, his first two came on road courses. Reddick led 18 laps and outdueled road course ace Chase Elliott to notch his first win on Fourth of July weekend at Road America. Later that month, Reddick dominated and survived NASCAR Overtime to pick up a win at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course.

Reddick won his third race of the season at Texas Motor Speedway, just a week after his NASCAR Playoffs elimination. He also won the Xfinity Series race at Texas in May for Big Machine Racing.

Reddick also scored three poles and won two stages. He finished second four times.

(Photo: Mike Moore | The Podium Finish)

Lowlights

Reddick had other opportunities to win races that sliped away. He dominated and led 90 laps at Auto Club Speedway in February before a blown tire took him out of the running. While battling Chase Briscoe for the win in the Bristol Motor Speedway Dirt race, the two made contact and spun in the final corner allowing Kyle Busch to win.

He also had blown tires in both Kansas Speedway races and the spring Atlanta Motor Speedway race.

Reddick entered the Playoffs with two wins and off back-to-back top 10s at Watkins Glen International and Daytona International Speedway but made an early exit. Despite finishing third at Darlington Raceway, he finished 35th at Kansas after the blown tire and crashed and finished 25th at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Inconsistency was a theme for Reddick. He never scored more than three top 10s in a row and had 17 finishes of 20th or worse.

(Photo: Josh Jones | The Podium Finish)

2023 outlook

Things will look different for Reddick in 2023. He’s joining 23XI Racing a year early to drive the No. 45 for Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan. Reddick was set to switch teams in 2024, but RCR and 23XI negotiated a buyout after Kurt Busch announced he’d step away from full-time racing.

Reddick will look to improve upon his three wins and make a deeper run in the Playoffs. He’s looking to become the first 23XI driver in the team’s history to run for a championship in driver’s points.

With a change of scenery and new resources, 2023 could be a memorable year for Reddick.

Nathan Solomon is a junior in the Jandoli School of Communication at St. Bonaventure University. He serves as editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper, The Bona Venture, and as the sports director for the campus radio station, WSBU 88.3 FM. Solomon started his journalism career in 2018 when he began covering hometown Cornell basketball for IvyHoopsOnline. In 2019, Solomon joined Empire Sports Media to contribute baseball content, and he started covering NASCAR for the outlet in 2020. In 2021, he covered his first two NASCAR races with Empire Sports Media. Solomon joined TPF in September of 2021 and became managing editor in the spring of 2022. He is recognized as an NMPA journalist. You may reach out to Nathan anytime at NSolly02@Yahoo.com.

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