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Richard Childress makes strong statement after Tyler Reddick chose 23XI Racing

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23XI Racing just made a massive announcement that will shake up the Cup Series landscape. The team has announced that Tyler Reddick will be leaving Richard Childress Racing and joining the lineup for the 2024 season, prompting a strong statement from Richard Childress.

“We are proud of the success Tyler Reddick has achieved at Richard Childress Racing” it said in the statement. “Our focus is on winning a championship in 2022 and 2023, although the timing of this announcement couldn’t be worse.”

The timing Childress mentioned is in the middle of the regular season. With seven races remaining before the postseason, the organization will try to get Austin Dillon into the 16-rider field. For comparison, Reddick will look to add more playoff points to his total to give him a better chance of a deep run.

Reddick is currently in his third full-time season with Richard Childress Racing. He took the No. 8 spot in 2020 after winning back-to-back Xfinity Series championships and started a tenure that includes 33 top 10 finishes, 11 top 5 finishes and one win. He has one career postseason appearance and is about to make his second after winning at Road America.

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Reddick was also the first RCR driver to win pole for a road race since Dale Earnhardt at Watkins Glen International (1996). He set the fastest speed at the Circuit of the Americas in 2021 and started the road race from pole position.

The announcement comes at an interesting time for Reddick and Richard Childress Racing. The third-year Cup Series driver recently confirmed he would return to the number 8 for a fourth season after the team accepted his option.

Reddick said ahead of the Road America race that he has a secure spot on the team for 2023, but also noted that anything beyond that is uncertain. He explained that he needed to take some steps in the present because they would affect what happens in the future.

Upon making this statement, Reddick walked out and scored his first career Cup Series win at Road America. He went toe-to-toe with Chase Elliott, the top active driver on street courses, and emerged victorious.

Reddick jumped into the 16-rider field from below the playoff cutline, turning some heads in the process. This win sparked talks about whether another team would try to woo Reddick away from RCR and 23XI Racing were quick to provide that answer.

The 2022 season is only 19 races long and all focus on the Silly Season steps that will impact 2023. So why did 23XI Racing announce Reddick’s deal so early? The answer is very simple.

23XI Racing President Steve Lauletta stated that making this announcement more than a year before Reddick joined the team was unprecedented, but he said the move presents opportunities for potential partners to jump on board.

“Tyler is one of the most sought after young drivers and has been competitive in every race,” said team co-owner Denny Hamlin. “His track work speaks for itself and he will be a fantastic addition to our lineup in 2024. The team has grown a lot since our first race and the signing of Tyler is a great next step for us to remain competitive for years to come.”

Now that Reddick has signed his contract, he can focus on completing his time at RCR instead of worrying about the future. 23XI Racing is in a similar situation as it can focus on adding partners for 2024 and beyond rather than trying to review its lineup.

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Now that Reddick has signed his contract, he can focus on completing his time at RCR instead of worrying about the future. 23XI Racing is in a similar situation as it can focus on adding partners for 2024 and beyond rather than trying to review its lineup.



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