by Bob Bocras
NASCAR FOX Sports activities author

Loudoun, New Hampshire – Tyler Riddick Most likely within the subsequent 16 awkward months as a Richard Childress Racing driver who has already Signal a racing contract at 23XI Racing Beginning in 2024.

teammate, Austin DillonI not too long ago laughed at how onerous it’s for everybody.

“In the event you’ve ever labored with Tyler Riddick, it is at all times embarrassing,” Dillon stated. “So it is nothing new. Tyler is an efficient man, and we now have relationship. He is fully completely different.”

Austin Dillon to depart RCR Tyler Riddick

Austin Dillon to leave RCR Tyler Riddick

Austin Dillon says he has relationship with Tyler Reddick and hasn’t had any discussions about RCR’s want to alter Reddick’s automobile for 2023.

Dillon stated he congratulated Riddick on his new deal, however fallout from the choice dominated the dialog in a NASCAR storage final weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

RCR had already picked Reddick’s possibility for 2023 however didn’t signal him to a brand new deal as he labored to search out sponsors to shut Reddick over the subsequent a number of years. Riddick – thought of probably the greatest younger drivers twice Xfinity A hero, although solely a matter of expertise earlier than he fights for it Glass Titles – He selected to take the 23XI Racing bid to safe his future when he was not supplied a long-term deal.

The cascading results of the choice are ample.

“Perhaps it is extra awkward at first than it truly is as soon as the race begins,” Kevin Harvick He stated. “Proper now, the onerous half is answering all of the questions and getting previous that facet of issues.”

Kevin Harvick on Reddick leaving RCR

Kevin Harvick on Reddick leaving RCR

Primarily based on his earlier expertise below related circumstances, Kevin Harvick gives his ideas on what Tyler Riddick will cope with over the subsequent 16 months.

Harvick can relate to Reddick. Late within the 2012 season, he advised RCR that 2013 could be his final yr with the group earlier than shifting to Stewart-Haas Racing. He gained the weekend information broke after which 4 instances the next yr, though he virtually misplaced the journey when he made some derogatory feedback about Dillon, Childress’ grandson.

“In a scenario like this, you’d most likely work virtually more durable to make it nearly as good as doable only for the truth that your status is necessary to have the ability to stroll away from one thing like this on the enterprise facet of issues as you go alongside,” Harvick stated.

The obvious query is whether or not there’s a approach for RCR and Reddick to separate after this season. It is going to take plenty of work to get this achieved, and the larger query is whether or not it will likely be price it and not using a driver of Reddick’s caliber available. Sure, there’s some injured egos, however Riddick nonetheless gave the group an opportunity to win and make the playoffs.

Underneath NASCAR’s present cost plan, the group’s remaining standings determines earnings for the subsequent three years. So it is sensible for a sensible enterprise that RCR goals to complete as excessive as doable.

Childress wasn’t in New Hampshire, however Riddick and 23XI Racing have been co-owners Denny Hamlin Each stated that they had no discussions about attempting to switch Reddick a yr in the past. Riddick additionally stated he was not requested to see if any group may welcome him subsequent yr.

“I did not take into consideration that,” he stated. “I am going out right here and doing what I do each weekend for this group. … I’ve each intention of ending no matter I agreed to do with RCR.”

Tyler Riddick talks about the potential of leaving RCR on the finish of 2022

Tyler Riddick talks about the possibility of leaving RCR at the end of 2022

Tyler Riddick says he hasn’t had any discussions with anybody at RCR about the potential of him leaving after this season.

Dillon additionally stated he hadn’t heard any of that speak.

“For our half, we now have to consider it as a enterprise determination about something we do,” he stated.

There isn’t any room at 23XI in 2023 anyway, because the group already has drivers in it Kurt Busch And the Bubba Wallace. Reddick’s announcement made it probably that Bosch would retire after his two-year contract expired in 2023. He talked about the potential of retiring earlier than this season after which opted for a two-year cope with 23XI. He stated the latest information does not change his schedule.

“It is a query of what’s the proper selection,” Bush stated. “And when all of the indicators level to this or that, the nice factor I’ve now could be plenty of respect from the racing group…All of them stated I’ve had a seat for so long as I’ve wished to.

“That is very precious to me. It makes me smile and I need to race more durable and work even more durable. So there are nonetheless plenty of choices to have a look at.”

If Busch chooses to proceed driving, 23XI Racing should purchase a constitution, as Wallace’s place seems protected for no less than just a few extra years.

Kurt Bush: Signing Riddick does not change the schedule

Kurt Bush: Signing Riddick doesn't change the schedule

Kurt Busch says 23XI Racing’s signing of Tyler Reddick beginning in 2024 is not going to take note of his determination to retire after the 2023 season.

With Reddick out of the market, ripple results transcend the RCR and 23XI. The demand for different drivers who’re free brokers could also be larger now as a result of groups will not have to fret about needing cash to signal with Reddick. Kyle Bush He nonetheless does not have a contract with Joe Gibbs Racing, who’s looking for a sponsor to interchange M&M’s.

“It does not matter when or how late it’s – till it is introduced that another person is driving 18, I really feel like I nonetheless have a seat,” Bush stated.

Bush confirmed that talks with the opposite groups had improved.

“Something is feasible,” he stated. “There are all types of various issues that may occur. It is only a query of what is going on on.”

Joe Gibbs has indicated that the group is constant to work on signing Bosch.

“We’re working actually onerous to try to get issues achieved, and it is powerful,” Gibbs stated. “You need to put quite a bit in place to make issues go effectively, and we’re working as onerous as we will. We’re chasing that in a lot of completely different instructions.”

Kyle Bush on future plans

Kyle Bush on future plans

Till another person is introduced to be driving Joe Gibbs Racing’s #18, Kyle Busch says he thinks he has a seat.

It might additionally imply that groups take one other take a look at Eric Jones, who stated he is about to signal a deal to remain at Petty GMS Racing. Petty GMS has already introduced that Jones’ teammate, Ty DillonYou’ll not come again. Noah Gregson He’s thought of the principle candidate for that flight.

These choices are likely to align with sponsorship contracts, and that is the time of yr when sponsorship contracts are due for renewal. Maybe that is what makes it troublesome for the accountable implementation of analysis.

“It clearly places the present group in a troublesome place, merely for the truth that they might not have achieved most of their sponsorship work as a result of [the Reddick announcement] “It occurred too quickly,” Harvick stated. Often, these items occur in August, September, and November. On the group facet, that is most likely the toughest half.”

Whereas drivers could be nervous about their future presently, Reddick simply has to marvel what’s going to occur.

“He insisted that he and I am going on the market and push one another the remainder of our time collectively, attempt to win races and get it again to RCR,” Dillon stated.

“And that’s the principle factor I’ve been centered on – attempting to ensure… all of the women and men who’ve come again to the shop and put in all of the onerous work, know that we’re centered on successful the championship with each vehicles.”

Denny Hamlin to signal Tyler Riddick for twenty-four

Denny Hamlin to sign Tyler Riddick for 24

Denny Hamlin says Tyler Riddick’s determination to hitch 23XI Racing in 2024 provides the group a way of legitimacy.

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assume out loud

With the specter of having extra winners than playoff factors this season, there was a suggestion to not restrict the variety of playoff factors if there are greater than 16 winners within the common season.

The concept is that the primary spherical can remove as many drivers as doable to get to 12. If there are 18 winners, six could be eradicated within the opening spherical.

This is not a horrible concept, however the drama about whether or not somebody may not be capable to make it into the playoffs provides some curiosity to the common season. That is one more reason for drivers who’ve had one win and can proceed to drive all through the common season.

Playoffs in all sports activities are designed to create a way of urgency and to exclude those that don’t carry out within the common season. One win-a-season yr in parity ought to require some consistency on the subject of factors.

So whereas that concept has advantage, let’s maintain the qualifying subject cap at 16. This method has labored for the previous a number of years, and wishes no modification.

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At the moment’s stats

This season’s 14 winners over their first 20 cup races have tied for probably the most instances.

they stated that

“I felt like we have been on the verge of successful – after which for the final two weeks, I felt like we have been a good distance away. However right here we’re at the moment.” – Christopher Bell After successful in New Hampshire

Bob Pokras has spent a long time overlaying motorsports, together with the final 30 video games of the Daytona 500. He joined FOX Sports activities in 2019 after working for ESPN, Sporting Information, NASCAR Scene and The (Daytona Seaside) Information-Journal. Observe him on Twitter and Instagram @Popocras. In search of extra NASCAR content material? Subscribe to the FOX Sports activities NASCAR Publication with Bob Pockrass!

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