CRANDALL: The various faces of Tyler Reddick
Mid-morning Friday is just not one of the best time to have a scheduled interview with Tyler Reddick.
The reigning Xfinity Sequence champion isn’t frazzled per se, however he’s undoubtedly pressured. Reddick’s inform is when he begins messing along with his soiled blonde hair. And earlier than lengthy, whereas speaking to this reporter inside his Richard Childress Racing hauler at Richmond Raceway, the hat will get tossed onto the counter, and the hair is being pulled on, swiped at or pushed round. He can’t appear to face nonetheless, shifting from one facet of the aisle to the opposite.
It’s over seven hours earlier than he’s resulting from race within the ToyotaCare 250 with the $100,000 Sprint four Money bonus on the road. Besides, apply didn’t go effectively. At 24th on the velocity chart, Reddick isn’t pleased with the automotive or its velocity. So sure, he’s pressured and eager to get again to his staff.
There’s no signal of the fun-loving, energetic and outgoing 23-year-old who has appeared earlier than the NASCAR world an increasing number of usually in latest months; the one who changed the shy and reserved driver who broke into NASCAR with Brad Keselowski’s truck staff after which gained a championship with Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Xfinity Sequence operation. Now with RCR, Reddick is excelling on the monitor, and lighting up a room – and social media – off it.
“I believe I was anxious about what I say, what I do, and it’d get taken the mistaken method,” Reddick says of his ‘new’ character. “I simply got here to the conclusion that I’m going to piss someone off sometime, so I’d as effectively simply be myself … Hopefully, I don’t lose my job over it.
“You at all times hear that in NASCAR you’ve obtained to be cleaned up, obtained to be company; you bought to do that, you bought to try this. Can’t say the mistaken issues, obtained to do the suitable issues. Look good. Speak good. Be PC. However, like I do on the racetrack, I simply wish to be myself off the racetrack and push the boundaries.”
Reddick was fast to show as a lot early within the 12 months when he clashed horns with the official NASCAR Xfinity Sequence Twitter account. When new hype movies started to floor for upcoming races, Reddick, the champion, seen a pattern: He wasn’t included in them.
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