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Custer’s and Bell’s wins do not put pressure on Tyler Reddick

Tyler Reddick with the Xfinity Series trophy at Homestead in 2019. Credits: NASCAR, Getty Images.

The Richard Childress Racing driver learns from his mistakes and thinks that the wins will eventually come to him.

Out of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series rookies, three continue racing in the championship in 2021. Two of them, Cole Custer and Christopher Bell, have already scored their maiden wins. Tyler Reddick, however, is yet to visit the victory lane. The two-time Xfinity Series champion spoke about whether that increased the pressure on him.

“I don’t think it does [put more pressure]”, Reddick said. “I knew that they [Custer and Bell] were going to be very capable of winning races. We had our opportunities last year. … It’s a process. You want to do as good as the other two that were a part of that [the Xfinity Series Big Three], but everyone’s learning curve is different.”

The no.8 car driver shared his thoughts about Custer and Bell: “They have different strengths and weaknesses. We are different, and that’s kind of what shaped up our great battle going into Homestead. Christopher [Bell] was really good at the short tracks and the road courses and Cole [Custer] was outstanding on the mile-and-a-halves and the high-banked tracks, so it was a good little mix. Seeing them win is not a surprise for sure, they are very good drivers. I knew that if they were in the right equipment, they would go out there and win. And I believe that I’m in the right equipment to go out and win too.”

The two-time Xfinity Series champion also told how important decision-making could be: “It’s very important to execute. There are three or four things that I should’ve done differently that were in stakes in my opinion last year at that race at Homestead. One spot or one restart or one choice, one decision can really shake up how the whole race goes, so you’ve just got to make the right decisions at those very critical times in the race and that can be the difference between finishing fourth or being up there and battling for the win, so I’m just trying to learn that and understand that, just keep learning from those new lessons and trying not to make the same mistakes going forward and through that learning process we’ll find ourselves in the opportunities to capitalize. Hopefully, we’ll go for these moments.”

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