Nascar Sophomore Tyler Reddick گرسنه است تا با مسابقه Richard Childress برنده شود

Three points per race. That’s three positions. All Tyler Reddick needed to do was pick off a few spots in each of the first 26 races during the 2020 Nascar Cup Series season and he would have been competing in the playoffs.

The two-time Xfinity Series champion is not going to be complacent with that in his sophomore year with Richard Childress Racing. With the season opening Daytona 500 a month away, Reddick is already starting to thread the No. 8 team’s needle forward.

“Everyone who goes to a Cup event is always working to improve,” Reddick said. “We have to be hungrier than everyone else.”

Reddick’s rookie season in Nascar’s premier level was solid, highlighted by a runner-up finish to teammate Austin Dillon at Texas Motor Speedway. He ended the year with nine top 10s and a 17.5 average finish. But Reddick is kicking himself months after the 2020 Cup season ended because he knows he can do better.

Throughout Reddick’s rookie year, Richard Childress Racing’s engineers and crew chief Randall Burnett helped identify the No. 8 team’s areas of weakness. As the group prepares for the start of the 2021 Cup Series season, Reddick is gearing up for what he believes could be a historic campaign for Childress’ organization.

“This offseason, I’ve been trying to build more confidence and more understanding for what my struggles are and how we’re going to lay out a plan to fix those things,” Reddick said. “Over the last month or so, we’ve been doing that.”

Reddick is still sorting through data acquired at RCR’s command center in Welcome, N.C. Engineers and team owner Richard Childress himself helped call the shots remotely during the 2020 season, pinpointing the team’s strengths and weaknesses.

“It was important to look at which tracks had the biggest struggles,” Reddick said. “What trended, more times than not, that unraveled our race? We started with making a mistake on pit road or being too aggressive on a restart. There’s a lot of things and we took a lot of notes. We laid down the groundwork of how we can break these habits so we can make a better decision next time.”

The road forward is not simple. While Reddick said RCR has constantly been working to improve the team’s racecars over the offseason, he understands that other teams are obviously doing the same.

However, where Reddick feels he stands out is his championship-winning experiences with two different teams in Nascar’s version of Triple-A. The Xfinity Series field might not be as strong as the Cup Series, but the same basics apply. If Reddick can limit the mistakes like he did during his impressive Xfinity Series stint, he can find himself at the top of the pylon in a Cup race.

“It’s a totally different game,” Reddick said. “Those tenths of a second you can get on the racetrack in the Xfinity Series are still there in the Cup Series, but they’re hundredths now. The little details add up to so much more with a deep field, good pit crews and a lot of smart teams that know how to execute their pit strategy.”

And a major confidence boost for Reddick last year was his ability to keep up with Dillon on the racetrack. The two performed similar throughout 2020, with Reddick’s average finish only one spot behind Dillon. The difference, of course, was Dillon’s playoff-clinching triumph. But Reddick and Dillon had the same number of top 10s, a nod to the rookie driver as RCR continues to be on the uptick.

But Reddick believes this is just the start of something special. The competitiveness of the two drivers is pushing the entire organization forward. They want to beat each other on the track, but solid results creates a positive environment that spreads around the walls of RCR.

“While it is nice that I ran with Austin at tracks I’ve never been to in a Cup car, it’s more than that,” Reddick said. “It’s pumping Austin up and threading their needle in a positive way. That positive energy will hopefully help them find something, and it’s happened in the past. In turn, that comes back and brings more positive energy toward us.”

At the end of the day, all Reddick wants to do is bring a championship trophy home. If he can do that at some point for Childress, it would be a dream come true.

Childress has not won a Cup title since Dale Earnhardt captured his seventh championship in 1994. Kevin Harvick came close to winning a few titles, but never sealed the deal at RCR.

Reddick believes he is the one who can hoist the Cup trophy with Childress once again. And he understands that it isn’t only because of his ability.

“It would mean an immense amount and it would all be due to the hard work that everyone here puts into it,” Reddick said. “It’s all of us, collectively. Winning championships is great and bringing a team back to winning championships is amazing. But you can’t get so caught up in the fact of having it without understanding the hard work that goes into achieving it.

“The moment of success and achievement when getting that trophy is great, but understanding the hard work that goes into getting it is the important part. I’m trying to grow that from one series to the next step up. Now, we have a better plan and mindset to continue to get towards better racecars, drivers and better decisions.”

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/josephwolkin/2021/01/14/nascar-sophomore-tyler-reddick-is-hungry-to-win-with-richard-childress-racing/