Coming off his 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship for Richard Childress Racing, Tyler Reddick was promoted to the seat of the No. 8 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Cup Series, alongside crew chief Randall Burnett. Reddick impressed in his rookie Cup Series campaign for the team, posting one Stage win, three top-five and nine top-10 finishes.
Reddick earned his first top-10 finish of the season by finishing seventh in NASCAR’s return to racing at Darlington Raceway. Reddick continued to impress later that month when he finished eighth during his first entry in the Coca-Cola 600, NASCAR’s longest race of the year.
Continuing his consistency, Reddick turned in a memorable performance at Homestead-Miami Speedway when the California native powered a fourth-place finish, marking his first career top-five finish in the NASCAR Cup Series. Just one week later, he controlled the field at Talladega Superspeedway, leading laps and scoring his first career Stage win at the 2.66-mile superspeedway. Reddick would later add another top-five finish to his resume at the Bristol Motor Speedway night race, as well as his final top-10 in the fall race at Talladega Superspeedway.
Still, perhaps the most memorable moment for Reddick’s rookie campaign came at Texas Motor Speedway in July 2020 when he battled fellow RCR teammate, Austin Dillon, for the top spot while fending off a hard-charging pack from behind in the closing laps. Reddick ultimately brought home the runner-up position, securing a 1-2 finish for Richard Childress Racing.
"I’m proud of the effort everyone on the No. 8 team put in this year for my rookie season. We had highs and lows this year, like any race team, but ultimately put together a strong year and laid some good groundwork to build on next year. The 2021 season starts now, and I’m ready to get to work on it with my team so that we can hit the ground running at Daytona in February. I want to thank all my partners, fans and team for the support this year. NASCAR is a tough sport, and I couldn’t do this without their continued support." – Tyler Reddick