There are several notable storylines heading towards Watkins Glen International. One thing that has been somewhat underrated is Tyler Reddick’s chance to make NASCAR history by winning the third road track race.
The Richard Childress Racing driver has two wins in 2022 – one at Road America and one at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. If he takes his third win at Watkins Glen International. He will join Kyle Larson as the only driver in NASCAR Cup Series history to win three road races in one season.
Joining Larson would be historic, but Reddick could make history in his own way. He could become the first driver to win three consecutive road races in a single season.
Larson toured Victory Lane throughout the 2021 season and was separated by Chase Elliott at Road America and AJ Allmendinger at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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Tyler Riddick can affect the separating picture
Winning the race would be massive for Riddick and Richard Childress Racing. The California native will add at least five additional points to his points total, which may move him to the fourth seed who enters the playoffs.
The win will also play an important role in the deciding picture. There are several drivers who make one profit in qualifying, but one of them is sitting rather weak with two races left.
If Reddick wins the Watkins Glen, he will help Kurt Busch secure his place in the Cup Series playoffs. The 2004 Cup Series champion is the lowest-point among drivers with a win, and has missed four consecutive races due to concussion-like symptoms. If there are more than 16 winners in a regular season, they will be the first to go off the grid.
Bosch announced that he will miss the remainder of the regular season, which will open opportunities for other drivers to try to drive him off the field. Riddick could eliminate that possibility by winning his third race of the year.
Reddick will launch a new chart at Watkins Glen
When Reddick heads to the New York Road Raceway to pursue his third win, he will feature a new scheme for the Cup Series. He will climb into the No. 8 KC Motor Group Limited, a Chevrolet Camaro, to mark the reunion with the partner.
KCMG has a history with RCR. The two companies joined forces for the first time in 2017, leading to celebration at Victory Lane during the 2019 season. Riddick took the win at the Michigan International Speedway and finished 9th at Chicagoland Speedway en route to his second straight Xfinity Series Championship.
“We certainly look forward to our continuing partnership with Richard Childress Racing and seeing the colors of KC Motorgroup on the #8 Chevrolet driven by Tyler Riddick this weekend at Watkins Glen International,” said Dr. Paul Ip, founder of KC Motorgroup. In a press release. “Our partnership with Richard Childress Racing has proven successful on many fronts, and has been a key component of our US motorsport strategy.”
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