Tyler Reddick is ready to move on up

DOVER, DELAWARE - OCTOBER 04: Tyler Reddick, driver of the #2 Freightliner Chevrolet, sits in his car prior to practice for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Use Your Melon Drive Sober 200 at Dover International Speedway on October 04, 2019 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

After announcing big career news this week that he would be moving up into the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ranks beginning in 2020, Xfinity Series championship contender Tyler Reddick addressed the media and offered his thoughts on the significant move in his career.

Reddick is the defending Xfinity Series champion – earning the title last year with JR Motorsports before moving to Richard Childress Racing this year. And Reddick has not slowed down. He won the regular season championship and is ranked third in the Playoffs coming to Saturday’s Use Your Melon Drive Sober 200 (3 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) – the final race of Round 1 of the Playoffs.

“Richard [Childress] has been pretty open with everyone when asked if he wanted to put me in a Cup car,’’ Reddick said Friday. “I think he realized if I wasn’t going to be able to race for him in the Cup Series I was probably going to be picked up by someone else. They really wanted me to stay.’’

Reddick will be replacing Daniel Hemric in the No. 8 RCR Chevrolet next season. Hemric is a longtime RCR driver who started with the team driving in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series before moving into the Xfinity Series for two years and finally up to the Cup ranks. Hemric actually leads the Cup Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings but has only a pair of Top-10 finishes in his first full Cup season.

Reddick has five victories and a series best 21 Top-5 and 24 Top-10 finishes. He won at Las Vegas three weeks ago and was runner-up at the Charlotte ROVAL Playoff race last week.