Reddick trying ahead to 2023 RCR plans although he is nonetheless at the hours of darkness
Tyler Reddick understands why Richard Childress Racing selected to place Kyle Busch within the No. 8 Chevrolet starting subsequent season and he’s OK with transferring to a distinct automobile with a crew that’s but to be fashioned.
“None of it shocked me, actually,” Reddick stated Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Reddick at present drives the No. 8 automobile and is in a NASCAR Cup Sequence championship battle, however earlier this week he was advised he and the group he’s received two races with this season, together with crew chief Randall Burnett, is not going to be collectively subsequent season. The most well liked free agent, Busch, is coming to the group, and Childress needs to pair Busch with the group he’ll be with for years to come back.
“I’m going to be transferring on in 2024 and dealing with a brand new group of individuals, a brand new group,” Reddick stated of understanding the choice. “It’s a novel problem to have the ability to undergo that subsequent 12 months with a brand new group of individuals and I feel, if something, it’ll in all probability assist me once I transfer on to the subsequent place — type of get used to working with new folks and going via that course of.”
Childress knowledgeable Reddick of the automobile shuffle an hour earlier than Busch’s signing was publicly introduced.
“It wasn’t tense,” Reddick stated. “He was simply filling me in on what was occurring, and I perceive as a result of I’m transferring on. All good.”
Some seen the brief discover Reddick obtained from his group proprietor as a little bit of giving again what was given when Reddick seemingly caught Childress off guard by signing with 23XI Racing. Reddick knowledgeable his group of his departure to come back, and in hopes of the information not leaking, he, Denny Hamlin, and Toyota introduced it to the media about an hour later.
“I checked out it from the enterprise perspective,” Reddick stated of Childress’s act. “I really feel like how they’re approaching…Kyle coming in and being with the No. 8 group, they’re trying on the future and what’s going to be greatest for them in the long run. I might perceive how folks might take a look at it as private, however I’m not it that approach.”
Would he have appreciated extra discover?
“No, it was tremendous,” he stated. “There have been sufficient rumors about it that I had an concept was coming. However for the long-term of RCR, it is sensible to place him within the No. 8 automobile.”
Childress stated Tuesday he’s dedicated to operating three vehicles subsequent season and could have three charters. When pressed for particulars, Childress had none to supply. With Reddick already set for a future with 23XI Racing, there have been questions on whether or not he and Childress might reduce ties early and transfer if Kurt Busch doesn’t return from the concussion-like signs which have sidelined him since July.
“It’s out of my palms,” Reddick stated. “As I’ve stated to all people, I intend on ending what I agreed to do to RCR, and I need to see that via the tip. Whether or not that be the No. 8 automobile or no matter automobile it’ll be.”
Reddick is as at the hours of darkness about what group he’ll work with and the automobile he’ll drive for Childress subsequent 12 months, simply as everybody else. Childress wished to speak to him about it at Bristol earlier than each agreed focus must be on Saturday evening’s race as Reddick appears to be like to advance into the subsequent playoff spherical. Presently, the No. 8 is 2 factors above the cutline.
“He stated he’s obtained a plan, and he’s obtained particulars for me, so we’ll simply see what they’re when it’s time to speak about it,” he stated.