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Can time, success heal the wound between Tyler Redick and RCR?

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To Bob Pocclas
FOX Sports NASCAR Writer

Richard Childress knew Tyler Redick Reddick as he may leave Richard Childress Racing after the 2023 season Agree to participate in 23XI Racing It wasn’t a surprise in 2024.

But Childdress couldn’t hide his disappointment by speaking briefly before the race at Pocono on Sunday. He said he wasn’t bitter about the young driver’s decision and was just disappointed.

The biggest question is whether the disappointment will drive Childress out of the 8-cup car next year.

The child dress sounds like someone trying to keep his choices open. He has been involved in the sport for a long time and knows that the lame duck situation throughout the season is not easy, but as Kevin Harvic scored 4-3 in the RCR, solid racing drivers and teams I also know that I can overcome it. -Place finishes in 2013 ranking.

“I have a contract with him in 2023,” Childdress replied when asked if Redick would return to Car 8. “He will be at RCR in 2023.”

Childdress said, “You said, not me,” when he was told he didn’t say car 8.

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Childdress said he wasn’t talking to Redick about his discomfort. Redick, who will be able to successfully complete the 2022 playoffs thanks to his victory in Road America, hopes that performances such as a second run at Pocono on Sunday will heal his wounds.

“I’m confident that if we keep running well, we’ll make things smoother,” Redick said of his relationship with Childdress.

That’s probably true. There is a way to heal in time, and Childdress said he promised the team would be successful when asked about Redick coming back next season.

“Next year is a long vacation,” said Childress. “I promised his team that they would have everything they needed to win the championship and that they would be in 2023 and have everything they needed to win the championship.

“I promised it to our racing team.”

Please read the line spacing. Childdress seems to say that if there is a chance to land a person who believes he is better than Redick in 2023, he may try to find a way to get that driver into car 8. Alternatively, he may be so disappointed that he wants to sweat Redick at the rumored factory, just as Childdress has to sweat to negotiate with potential sponsors from next year onwards.

Again, performance helps to rest the story. Reddick is ranked 14th in the ranking. Some say that the Pocono finish (he crossed the line in 4th place and moved up to 2nd place) confirmed his statement that he continued to focus on doing his best at RCR until 2024.

“Not in us [on the team] I have doubts, but I’m sure others are thinking about what it will be like. “

“We don’t really need to verify others to know we’re doing the right thing, but it’s definitely good to get out there and knock out the top five finishes.”

Tyler Redick may leave RCR at end of season

Tyler Redick may leave RCR at end of season

Tyler Redick says he hasn’t talked to anyone in the RCR (initiated by him and / or the team) about his chances of leaving after this season.

It’s probably the entire Redick drama that led to an industry chat last week that Kyle Busch could even drive for a childless quarrel with Bush after the 2011 Kansas race.

Both representatives pointed out that bush driving for childrens would probably not happen (but at NASCAR, never say that?) And probably Reddick will be in car 8 next year. RCR teased next week’s Cup Driver announcement on social media with a shadow image that looked like Xfinity series driver Austin Hill, but there was no sign that it had anything to do with Reddick’s situation.

“It was only natural that he would probably have 24 years of money going everywhere,” said Childdress. “We made an offer, and his agent said,’Your offer is better than anyone.'”

Childdress made a clearly competitive proposal, but Redick said in his 23XI announcement that he was heavily influenced by 23XI’s future plans and would like to be part of it.

Timing was the most difficult part for a childless to overcome. He didn’t like being told on the morning of the announcement. He knows there may be rumors and information leaks, but he felt he should have been given more time.

“The biggest surprise was when he came to us within an hour of the announcement. I think he paid tribute to his race team and everyone who took him there. No, “said Childdress.

“Is it within an hour of the announcement? Lots of things are swirling around the 18-month announcement.”

That’s why Childdress said in a statement after Reddick’s announcement that timing couldn’t be aggravated.

“The biggest thing is that you should come to me in honor and say,’Hey, I signed, I want to do something, how do you think you should co-present?'” Les said on Sunday.

“It didn’t happen. No matter where he went, he wasn’t upset. But the way it was handled wasn’t very professional …. I waited for them until the end of the year and then it I asked him to do it. “

What to watch out for

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway replaced the restraint with the splitter removed last year, removing some of the humps that were placed in order to fire the car that missed the corner.

To do that, NASCAR needs to set track limits, but it can also prevent the mind-boggling shipwrecks of a year ago from happening in the race.

Therefore, it’s worth noting how NASCAR formulates the race.

Other stories to watch? Thai Gibbs.

Gibbs will start for the second year in a row on behalf of Kurt Busch, who is suffering from concussion-type symptoms after a crash at Pocono in qualifying on Saturday.

“I’m focused on my recovery and getting back on track,” Bush said.

19-year-old Gibbs finished 16th in his debut at Pocono. He has won the road course in his career at Xfinity, and the way he races on the cup road course may show how his skills relate to the next generation of cars.

The idea was out in the mouth

For all races since 2019, NASCAR’s post-race technical inspection process worked fine. A complete disassembly requires the top two cars, and another disassembly may be random.

The third to fifth cars undergo a minimal process to be inspected for alignment, weight, and visual appearance. As they pass, they are loaded onto the carrier and released to leave the truck.

But at Pocono last week, the process did not completely disassemble the car that eventually won the race. This is because both of the top two cars failed the inspection. After Chase Elliott’s third-place car has already been released from less active checks.

Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch disqualified after Pocono race

Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch disqualified after Pocono race

A quick idea: NASCAR must have felt that the JGR violation was terrible in order to disqualify the top two finish cars at Pocono on Sunday.

Does NASCAR need to keep the 3rd place car at least until the 2nd place car passes the technology? Need to stay in the top 5? Do I need to keep all the cars? What is the line?

The only thing that is perfectly fair is to load all the cars into the carrier and prevent them from leaving until they have passed the technology. But that’s about keeping the team on track for at least another hour, if not more.

One thing that proved on Sunday is that the 3rd place car should be held. And my guess is to consider holding the top four or five until all three are disqualified in one day.

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They said it

“If he wants to keep it, he can keep it as far as I can. He crossed the finish line first.” — Chase Elliott on whether to want a trophy from the DQ winner Denny Hamlin

Bob Pocclas has spent decades covering motorsport, including the last 30 Daytona 500s. He joined FOX Sports in 2019 following his mission on ESPN, Sporting News, NASCAR Scene Magazine and The (Daytona Beach) News-Journal. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @Bob Popclas.. Looking for more NASCAR content? Sign up for the FOX Sports NASCAR Newsletter with Bob Pockrass!


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