How Do Richard Childress Racing Duo Austin Dillon and Tyler Reddick Stack Up Ahead of the Playoffs?

Published 07/20/2021, 12:14 PM EDT
HOMESTEAD, FLORIDA – NOVEMBER 16: Tyler Reddick, driver of the #2 Tame the Beast Chevrolet, looks on during qualifying for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)


The NASCAR Cup series playoffs are rapidly approaching and Aric Almirola has managed to snatch the latest spot. Now, with four races left, there are three spots remaining.

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At the moment, just three drivers are safe from elimination despite no wins – Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, and Tyler Reddick. Speaking of Reddick, he and Richard Childress Racing teammate Austin Dillon will be battling fiercely for the final three slots.

Reddick said, “As we get closer to the playoff, we will need to have a clean race and get a win to secure our spot. I know our team can it and we will keep battling.

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“We had to overcome a few different things – overshooting the pit stall and scrubbing the wall – but even though that cost us track position, I steadily worked my way back up inside the top 10. There were a few different strategies in play at the end when we were racing against the darkness.

“I hate we didn’t get to run the full distance, because I think we could have finished better than 13th.”

What can the Richard Childress Racing drivers do in the final three races?

After New Hampshire, drivers will compete at Watkins Glen, Indianapolis, Michigan, and Daytona. Admittedly, the drivers are stepping into the unknown at Indianapolis, because they are racing on the road layout.

HOMESTEAD, FL – NOVEMBER 18: Austin Dillon, driver of the #3 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Chevrolet, poses with the championship trophy after winning the 2011 Series Championship in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Both Richard Childress Racing (RCR) drivers have something to prove this season. While Reddick is seeking his first career win, Dillon is hoping to add to his 2018 Daytona triumph.

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This season, Reddick boasts of a top-five at Homestead-Miami and 11 top-10 finishes this year. Dillon, on the other hand, has notched up a top-five at Daytona and six top 10s.

Last year, Reddick missed out on the playoffs, while Dillon qualified with a win at the Texas Motor Speedway. Sadly, he got eliminated in the Round of 12 and finished 11th at the season’s end.

Now, the two drivers will be hoping to get in the Playoffs and improve their standings in the championship.

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