Richard Childress Racing will add an Xfinity Series championship contender to replace the one it will graduate at the end of the season.

Daniel Hemric will move to the RCR Cup Series No. 31 next season, opening the door for Tyler Reddick to join the organization next season. A sponsor, crew chief and number were not revealed on Wednesday. Reddick has two victories and is currently a championship contender for JR Motorsports.

“Tyler has had a lot of success so far in his racing career, and we intend on continuing that success with him in 2019,” said team owner Richard Childress. “I’m confident that he will do a great job representing RCR on and off the track. Tyler is a talented driver who’s not afraid to go after wins, and I look forward to seeing that drive to win on the track with us next season.”

Reddick has made a transition from dirt open wheel and late models to NASCAR over the past decade, having found success in K&N, ARCA and the Truck Series before becoming an Xfinity contender. He is currently third in the standings having won at Daytona.

He won at Kentucky last season.

“I’m really looking forward to joining RCR in 2019,” said Reddick. “RCR has had a stout Xfinity program throughout the years with a lot of talented team members and resources available to its drivers. I want to thank JR Motorsports for what they’ve done this past year to help me advance my career and skills behind the wheel.

“Ultimately, my goal is to race on Sundays, and I feel that by joining RCR I can continue to race up front in the Xfinity Series, while also learning from one of the top Cup programs in the garage.”

Source: Autoweek

October 31, 2018