WATCH: Tyler Reddick Keeps It Real & Fun After His Wreck at Charlotte

Published 12/22/2021, 2:15 AM EST
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)


“Tyler Reddick here. I’m still a little dizzy, not gonna lie.” Right from the onset, Richard Childress Racing driver, Tyler Reddick, was in a self-deprecating mood in his recent appearance at the Dirty Mo Media podcast.

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“Paid for some sand barrels, went to the beach Wednesday, came back Friday, didn’t have enough, went for a couple more,” Reddick continued.

While other drivers may put explanatory defenses in front, Reddick embraced his incidents, most recent of which came at the Next Gen testing at Charlotte. This is something even the interviewers appreciated Reddick for, “We’ve never seen anybody embrace spinning like you have.”

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And the RCR driver simply kept it real in his response. The 25-YO American said, “When you do that many times, you just gotta have to like..you can’t act like..let people see you’re actually traumatized.

“You just gotta be like, ‘This isn’t gonna happen again,’ and then it does.”

The eventful testing for Tyler Reddick at Charlotte

Like all the drivers involved in the Next Gen test, Tyler Reddick was also pushing it hard, exploring the limits of the new car. But on a few occasions, he got on the wrong side of the car’s limit.

And in one notable incident, Reddick, fortunately, walked away from a huge crash. The No.8 driver lost control at Turn 4, spun a 360, and hit the safety barriers at the pit wall barrier at full speed.

At the end of the Friday testing, Reddick’s assessment of the car reflected on what we’ve been seeing in the tests. He described the bigger involvement a driver has to have in driving and controlling the new car as compared to the outgoing Gen 6.

He expressed, “The cars are on edge, which is a good thing.”

“There’s more mechanical grip in the car, less aerodynamic grip so, you know, you gotta keep it straight and you gotta keep the tires happy.”

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Oct 4, 2020; Lincoln, Alabama, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) gets into NASCAR Cup Series driver Joey Logano (22) Kevin Harvick (4) and Tyler Reddick (8) late in the race during the Yellawood 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

With a few weeks left for the start of the season, many drivers are yet to get a taste of the new cars.

This, along with NASCAR locking in the same engine and spoiler specifications as we saw in the eventful Charlotte testing, makes one wonder, will there be normal than usual spins and incidents in the opening few races of the season?

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We’ll find out soon.

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Shaharyar

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Shaharyar is a Formula 1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in future.

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