Tyler Reddick and the No. 2 Gimme Country team shared a special Déjà Vu moment this afternoon at Daytona International Speedway.
Reddick powered through one impressive qualifying lap, with a time of 47.938 seconds on the board and putting his Gimme Country Chevrolet Camaro at the top of the pack for Friday night’s race. With Friday’s pole award, not only did the No. 2 squad secure their third pole of the season, but they also became the only Xfinity team to see this award during a 2019 Daytona race weekend, and the first RCR Xfinity team to achieve such in any given season.
"I’m so proud of everyone on the No. 2 Gimme Country team and everyone back at the shop at RCR and ECR for all their hard work they put into these Camaros," said Tyler Reddick. "It’s not easy to get a superspeedway pole, let alone sweep Daytona, so this is a huge testament to the power of ECR engines and the superspeedway Camaros RCR puts together.
"It’s nice to know this time we got the pole without a flat tire and can keep our starting position up front," said Reddick. "Hopefully, we can stay there for the rest of the race and finish this weekend on a high note."
Since competing in its first NASCAR Xfinity Series race in 2000, Richard Childress Racing has gone on to win nine poles at Daytona’s historic superspeedway. Out of these nine, two of those are now reserved to the 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series Champion, Tyler Reddick.
Other RCR drivers to qualify on the pole for an Xfinity race at Daytona race include Kevin Harvick (2005), Clint Bowyer (2009), Austin Dillon (2013 & 2015), Ty Dillon (2016), Brandon Jones (2017), and Daniel Hemric (2018).
Reddick’s qualifying run showed promise for Independence Day weekend. Still looking to extend his index of achievements for the 2019 season (three wins, two pole awards, 11 top-five and 13 top-10 finishes), another victory could mean a great deal for RCR and the team’s momentum moving into second half of the year.
The Circle K Firecracker 250 Powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway will be televised live Friday, July 5th beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network and will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.