Richard Childress Racing’s Tyler Reddick knows how to get the job done. The two-time Xfinity Series champion can run up front and win races. Now, as he’s adjusted to the high level of competition in the Cup Series, Reddick believes he can make the playoffs in car No. 8.
BY JOSEPH WOLKIN
“I’d say that my areas of strength in the car or in situations were managed well. Given the circumstances, I could execute fairly well through the strengths I had. The thing that needs to improve is my areas of weakness. This offseason, I’ve been trying to build more confidence and more understanding for what my struggles are and how we’re going to lay out a plan to fix those things. Over the last month or so, we’ve been doing that.”
“We look at the results and where we ran well. We were pretty good at the mile and a half races with the 550 horsepower package, even though I enjoy the 750 horsepower package a whole lot more. It was important to look at which tracks had the biggest struggles. What trended, more times than not, that unraveled our race? We started with making a mistake on pit road or being too aggressive on a restart. There’s a lot of things and we took a lot of notes. We laid down the groundwork of how we can break these habits so we can make a better decision next time. If you look at it, three spots per race -- not counting stages -- would have gotten us in the playoffs. I can think of many races where I gave up 20 to 30 points. We don’t need to make a crazy huge gain to make the playoffs.”
“It’s incredibly important to me to be part of that resurgence. We need to keep working hard and stay motivated. Last year was obviously better than the year prior. We need that to happen again. We have very small and easy things we need to repair that we can do to set ourselves up for that success. It’s not going to come just because of the mindset that we’re better. You still need to be hungry and you still have to fight and execute with a purpose of being better than you were before. We have an understanding that last year, we may have had an off weekend, but we’re not getting caught up with being complacent with that.”