Tyler Reddick Lets Slip 23XI Racing’s Plans for a 3rd Car and Expresses His Wish to Pry Dale Earnhardt Jr’s Star Driver Away

Published 12/11/2023, 4:22 PM EST

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23XI Racing has raced to the front of the pack in quick time. Starting with Bubba Wallace, the outfit quickly moved for a second car on its team and brought in Kurt Busch in 2022, who was replaced by Tyler Reddick in 2023. In the season that just ended, the team entered newer territories when Wallace and Reddick broke into the playoffs, finishing 10th and 6th, respectively. Despite the blazing pace of growth, the team’s owners Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan have set the benchmark even higher.

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Tyler Reddick appeared as a guest on the latest episode of the ‘Door, Bumper, Clear’ podcast and revealed the plans for the team as far as a 3rd car is concerned. Moreover, he had one special name on his mind for a teammate.

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Ever since the beginning of the 2023 racing season, the talks of 23XI Racing expanding to a 3-car team have been going on. When Travis Pastrana ran in the 2023 Daytona 500, it was the first time we saw three cars of the team on the same grid. Team insiders, including the crew chief of the #67 team Eric Phillips, gave form to the rumors of the unchartered #67 team starting in more races. While further moves from the team were expected to field said entry in 2024, we never heard the word again. With the idea threatening to diffuse into nothingness, Tyler Reddick has now given an update about where things stand.

He said, “I don’t see it next year. I wouldn’t be surprised if down the road that’s something they [23XI Racing] wanna do. I think if we had a 3rd car and continued to improve, that the way our team goes about it, I think we have the room for it. I don’t wanna speak for those guys. If we are successful and we win races, and our partners are happy, why not?”

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Back in March 2023, Eric Phillips, the crew chief of the #67 car, had spoken to SiriusXM radio about the benefits of having a 3rd car and expressed his wish to see his team do it. But with the cost of a charter bordering around $30 million, it was easier said than done. However, Tyler Reddick did have one particular name on his mind should the team decide to go for a 3rd car. Who could it be?

Reddick wants to pry Justin Allgaier away from Dale Earnhardt Jr

It is beyond doubt that Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan would have all their arsenal spent on searching for a driver should they break the bank on that new Toyota. Before they do so, however, they might want to listen to Tyler Reddick’s suggestion as the #45 driver put forth a strong choice from the JR Motorsports garage—Justin Allgaier.

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The Xfinity Series veteran and this year’s runner-up has been with Dale Earnhardt Jr‘s outfit since 2016. While many drivers, including Tyler Reddick, came to JR Motorsports, raced, and left for other pastures, Allgaier has stayed put aiming to give Junior an Xfinity championship. Though he came close on many occasions, he has always fallen a step short. While Reddick himself acknowledged that convincing Allgaier to part ways with Junior is quite impossible, he did say, “I don’t think he would ever do it, but I think Justin Allgaier is a really solid race car driver.

“I mean, I have been a teammate to him. I spent time with him as a teammate and as a friend. I think he is a really solid race car driver and a nice guy.”

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Though 23XI Racing is, as of yet, not ready to field a 3rd car in 2024, they might do so soon. Hopefully, by that time, Allgaier will have won the coveted Xfinity championship with JR Motorsports and will look for fresher challenges in the Cup Series.

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Gowtham Ramalingam

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Hello, there! Though my affinity for racing originally stemmed from the European circuits of Formula 1 as a teen, I unexpectedly found myself drawn to NASCAR's unparalleled excitement growing up. This sport took hold of me and never let go, leading me to a career as a NASCAR writer. Over the last few months, I?ve had the chance to share my insights and observations through a myriad of articles on EssentiallySports.
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