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BRISTOL, Tenn. — Tyler Reddick admits it’s going to be a “distinctive problem” to head via subsequent season with out his team leader, who will transfer to Kyle Busch’s staff at Richard Childress Racing in 2023.

Reddick spoke publicly for the primary time Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway because it was once introduced this week that Busch would power the No. 8 vehicle and feature Reddick’s team leader Randall Burnett. Reddick and Burnett had been in combination since 2019, successful a identify within the Xfinity Sequence and two Cup races this yr.

The announcement got here two months after Reddick’s deal to sign up for 23XI Racing in 2024 turned into public.

Automobile proprietor Richard Childress mentioned this week that he knowledgeable Reddick of the adjustments about an hour prior to Tuesday’s press convention with Busch. Childress he made the adjustments since Reddick might be long gone after subsequent season and to increase Busch’s staff.

“None of it stunned me, honesty,” Reddick mentioned of the adjustments.

“I’m going to be shifting on in 2024 to a brand new workforce of other folks, new staff. It’s a singular problem so that you could undergo that subsequent yr with a brand new workforce of other folks. If anything else, it’s going to most likely lend a hand me after I transfer directly to (23XI Racing in 2024), more or less being used to operating with other other folks and going via that procedure.” 

Childress mentioned this week that he would box 3 chartered groups subsequent yr, retaining Reddick with Busch and Austin Dillon. Childress has best two charters and would want to hire a constitution or acquire one to provide all 3 groups a constitution.

With Childress offering little main points of the way he’ll have 3 groups, questions stay if Reddick strikes to 23XI Racing a yr early.

“It’s out of my fingers,” Reddick mentioned of the place he’ll race subsequent yr. “As I’ve mentioned to everyone, I intend to complete what I agreed to do at RCR. I wish to see that in the course of the finish, whether or not it was once with the No. 8 vehicle or no matter vehicle it’s going to be. Richard has advised me he’s going to percentage a large number of the ones main points.”

Alternate isn’t new to Reddick, the one motive force in NASCAR historical past to win back-to-back Xfinity championships with other groups. He received the 2018 crown with JR Motorsports and moved to Richard Childress Racing in 2019 and received the championship that season.

“It without a doubt doesn’t harm,” Reddick mentioned of that have. “I’ve been via that identical state of affairs prior to. .. Similar to any people would do, we simply attempt to take advantage of out of what lies forward, or what our state of affairs is, and provides it 100% effort on a daily basis and hope it’s sufficient.”

For now, although, Reddick’s focal point is on advancing to the second one spherical of the playoffs. He enters Saturday night time’s Cup removing race two issues above the cutline after completing thirty fifth closing weekend at Kansas on account of a crash.

Reddick will get started Saturday night time’s race seventeenth within the 36-car box at Bristol. 

“Even if we had a coarse weekend at Kansas, falling out, we nonetheless simply manner it like some other race we’ve had to this point this yr and pass out and provides it our best possible effort,” Reddick mentioned.

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