It took 92 Cup Series starts, five second-place finishes and a few heartbreaks along the way, but Tyler Reddick is finally a Cup Series race winner. It happened this past weekend at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin where the Richard Childress Racing driver passed and then pulled away from Chase Elliott in the late going to score a popular victory at the 4.048-mile road course.
So will Reddick – a two-time NASCAR Xfinity Series champion – build on his momentum from Road America this weekend at Atlanta, or will he be on also-ran? Reddick has shown flashes of speed on several occasions this season, but Sunday was the first time he was able to turn that speed into a victory. Maybe Reddick will be even better positioned for success this weekend knowing that he’s all but guaranteed a playoff berth and that the weight of chasing first first win in NASCAR’s premier series is finally off of his shoulders.
“It was just a huge sense of relief,” said Reddick, who led the final 16 laps around Road America’s tricky 14-turn layout. “This whole team, we’ve been at it for a couple years now together. I’ve had to learn a lot over the course of these last three years in the Cup Series as a driver, but I’ve had some really great people behind me to help me do that. A lot of great people have helped an immense amount along the way, and it’s just – what a crazy ride it’s been, and I’ve just had to put a lot into it. All of us have. It’s really nice to get it finally done.”