Tyler Riddick Explains Why He is ‘Not Losing a Lot of Sleep’ Over Crunch Playoff Spot

Published 08/26/2021, 3:56 PM EDT
CONCORD, NORTH CAROLINA – MAY 24: Tyler Reddick, driver of the #8 Alsco Uniforms Chevrolet, drives during qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)


With one race left in the regular season, this is the last chance for a few drivers to book a slot in the playoffs. Among them is Richard Childress Racing driver Tyler Reddick. As it turns out, Reddick is sitting in 17th place, which puts him right on the verge of qualifying for the playoffs.

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Recently, the #8 driver spoke about his chances of making the playoffs and the pressure he is under. He insisted, “I’m not losing a lot of sleep. When you have the most important moments of the year of your life coming up. The last thing you should do is not be sleeping and be worrying yourself to death. The reason I’m not in that place, and I don’t believe the rest of our team is in that place is because of all the things we’ve done right.”

Of course, Reddick confessed that the last two race weekends have been less than ideal. Regardless of that, the Richard Childress Racing team have been in good form.

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Can Tyler Reddick reach the 2021 Cup Series playoffs?

The #8 driver assured that he has been hard at work ‘kicking a**’. For now, his and RCR’s goal is to continue their good form and not try to ‘freak out’ and lose the plot. Tyler Reddick acknowledged that there will be a bit of pressure when they head into the Daytona race. However, the driver is also aware that they cannot afford to hit the panic button.

HOMESTEAD, FLORIDA – NOVEMBER 15: Tyler Reddick, driver of the #2 Tame the Beast Chevrolet, walks through the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Reddick has been in top form in the 2021 season and has banged in a few excellent performances. He recorded a personal best finish of 2nd at Homestead-Miami and placed in the Top 10 on multiple occasions. For now, all that he can do is deliver a good performance and outscore Matt DiBenedetto and Austin Dillon in the championship standings.

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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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