Tyler Reddick Explains Why Most NASCAR Drivers are Short

Published 08/27/2021, 5:29 PM EDT
Mar 14, 2021; Avondale, Arizona, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Tyler Reddick (8) leads the way during the NASCAR Instacart 500 at Phoenix Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports


Recently, Tyler Reddick participated in a Q and A session and fielded questions from several children. Among them, was Kevin Harvick’s son Keelan Harvick. The youngster asked why most race car drivers are fairly short in height. Reddick confessed that he did not know the real reason behind that.

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He said, “I’ve been short my whole life, I don’t know. I just decided to race cars, maybe because I’m short, I wasn’t good at basketball or football. Maybe it’s in your DNA to be short, that means you like to go fast in a car that is the same size as everybody else’s car, so you don’t feel short.”

All in all, it was a fairly innocent question from the young boy, and Reddick was only too happy to oblige. Truthfully speaking, being short could be a little bit advantageous. This is because, it means that the drivers weigh a bit less than their taller compatriots.

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Tyler Reddick is focusing on the final regular season race

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Admittedly, the Richard Childress Racing driver is lying in 11th in the standings. However, his cause is not helped by the fact that he is one out of five drivers who have yet to score a win. The others are teammate Austin Dillon, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin, Matt DiBenedetto and Kevin Harvick himself.

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)

Last weekend’s race at Michigan was a day to forget for both Reddick and Dillon. This is because, Brad Keselowski pummelled Dillon and knocked him out of the race. Though the Penske driver apologised immediately and shouldered the blame, the team was furious, and so was Austin Dillon.

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Meanwhile, poor old Tyler Reddick encountered some issues of his own and ended up all the way down in 29th place. Now, the two drivers will be seeking redemption and will want to strengthen their Playoff bids.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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