The fine line between bold and over the line

When three Xfinity Series drivers – Cole Custer, Daniel Hemric and Tyler Reddick were asked to name which driver was the most aggressive, no one hesitated.

Both Custer and Hemric turned and cast their eyes on Reddick.

That’s understandable, given the 22-year-old Corning, California, driver’s checkers-or-wreckers attitude. Reddick was sidelined in the last two races.

“Tyler’s hit the wall like in every single race,” Custer said. “He definitely gets after it ever single lap.”

Reddick did not back down from the assessment.

“Yeah, I’m going to take a guess that I’m the most insane of the bunch,” Reddick replied. “That’s probably why I’m behind them in points, too.”

Yes, Reddick earned his first career NXS victory before either Custer or Hemric here at Kentucky Speedway last fall. He scored his second victory in the season opener at Daytona in February.

But the driver of the No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevy trails his peers in the NXS standings. Hemric is currently second behind Elliott Sadler. Custer, 20, is third, 26 points behind Hemric. Reddick ranks sixth.

“My experience comes with age,” said the 27-year-old Hemric. “I try not to be that guy.”