Tyler Reddick replaces Daniel Hemric in Richard Childress Racing's #8 in 2020
Tyler Reddick will move to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2020 to drive the #8 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, the race team announced Wednesday.
“It means a lot to me that Richard, his team and Caterpillar believe in my ability to represent them both on and off the race track,” Reddick said. “My goal was always to get to race on Sundays, and I’m so excited to achieve that next year with RCR, ECR and Caterpillar. I’m excited to take this next step in my career with their support but also realize I’ve still got a lot of work to do this year with my #2 team to bring home the Xfinity Series championship. I can’t think of a better way to end RCR’s 50th celebration and kick off next year than by capturing that trophy.”
Reddick will finish the 2019 season behind the wheel of the #2 RCR Chevrolet in the NASCAR Xfinity Series to continue is quest for a second-consecutive championship in that series. He won the Xfinity title last year as a driver for JR Motorsports before moving to RCR ahead of the 2019 season. He has five wins in 28 races, so farm, this season and heads into Saturday's first-round playoff elimination race third in the driver standings.
When Reddick made the move from JRM to RCR, he cited an opportunity to go Cup-Series racing as a reason for the move. He'll replace Daniel Hemric in the #8 next year. Reddick's promotion to the Cup Series to drive the #8 has been speculated since Hemric's release, effective at the end of the season, was announced last month.
Reddick already has made two Cup Series starts for RCR this year and has a best finish of ninth at Kansas Speedway.
Hemric is in his first year of full-time Cup Series competition. He is 25th in the standings with two top-10 finishes in the first 29 races of the season.