The power of a friendship can go a long way, especially in the instance of Randall Burnett and Tyler Reddick, who have not only worked together for the past three and a half years, but have been friends for just as long. Burnett, serving as Reddick’s crew chief starting in the 2019 season, claimed that the two bonded right away, not only hitting it off at the track, but struck up a solid friendship quite immediately, too.
Reddick, having a racing background in mini sprints, midgets, dirt late models and sprint cars, has spent much of his time over the years racing at Millbridge Speedway in Salisbury, NC, as many local racers have. Here, Reddick and track promoter Jeremy Burnett (Randall’s brother) became tight, and formed a quick bond over their love for racing. When Reddick and Randall had the opportunity to start working together at Richard Childress Racing in NASCAR’s Xfinity Series, the fit was as natural as could be.
As the duo started to work together week in and week out, Randall realized quickly that there was a mutual respect for one another. “Our friendship translated to clear communication on the radio, and I was quickly able to learn his language on the racetrack. At the same time, Tyler learned me and understood my plans as I made adjustments to the car. It all just worked, and we gained a lot of respect for each other early on in that first season together,” according to Burnett. It worked so well, Reddick went on to win his second championship in as many years. In 2018, Reddick won the Series Championship with RCR-rival JR Motorsports.
Reddick, who was promoted to the NASCAR Cup Series in 2020, held onto Burnett as his crew chief, and inherited a veteran group of crew members at the same time. Reddick also got to keep his spotter, Derek Kneeland. After working with both Reddick and Burnett during the championship season in 2019, Kneeland has continued guiding Reddick around the tracks and was just as excited as everyone else about the driver and crew chief combo’s first win at Road America. “I don’t like finishing 35th or 2nd, I like to win and Richard Childress Racing is all about that. Winning is what I signed up for,” states Kneeland.
Reddick, Burnett and Kneeland, as well as the rest of the No. 8 team at Richard Childress Racing, don’t plan to slow down any time soon. The win at Road America has secured the team’s berth in the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.