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Tyler Reddick to Enter Daytona 500 With RCR

Tyler Reddick will attempt his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut at the Daytona 500 later this month.

The defending NASCAR Xfinity Series champion will drive the No. 31 for Richard Childress Racing in the event, Reddick announced Friday, Feb. 1, on Twitter.

Reddick noted in the tweet that sponsorship announcements would be forthcoming.

Reddick is racing full-time in the Xfinity Series in 2019 for RCR in its No. 2. He previously won the series championship while driving the No. 9 for JR Motorsports.

Should he race his way into the Daytona 500 (he won’t have a charter to fall back on), it will be Reddick’s Cup Series debut. He has 51 starts in the Xfinity Series, racking up three wins, 11 top fives and 26 top 10s. He has an additional three wins, 25 top fives and 40 top 10s amid 63 starts in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series.

Reddick’s usage of the No. 31 means the number will remain in the Cup Series in some capacity in 2019. The number had most recently been used by Ryan Newman, who departed the team after 2018. Daniel Hemric, his replacement, switched to the No. 8.

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