NASCAR at Dover notebook: Reddick focused on winning another Xfinity title

Kyle Busch waits in the garage before the Monster Energy Cup practice at Dover International Speedway on Friday. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

DOVER — Tyler Reddick isn’t letting recent developments affect his championship dreams.

Of course the 23-year-old was thrilled this week when he signed to drive the No. 8 car in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for Richard Childress Racing next year. Reddick will replace Daniel Hemric.

But Reddick wants to win a second-straight Xfinity championship first.

Tyler Reddick

He is third in the Xfinity standings entering today’s “Use Your Melon Drive Sober 200” playoff race. The green flag will drop at 3 p.m.

Reddick has only raced twice in the Cup Series so far this year. He finished 27th in his Cup debut in the Daytona 500 before earning a ninth place finish at Kansas in May.

Both of those races were in a Childress-owned car for Reddick. He also attempted the April Talladega race in the No. 62 car owned for Beard Motorsports but failed to qualify.

Reddick said Friday there are no plans for him to race in the Cup Series again this season.

Austin Dillon has a selfie taken with a fan before the Monster Cup practice at Dover International Speedway on Friday. Special to the Delaware State News/Pete Hinson

“It would be pretty tough to do something like that this time of year,” he said. “My focus is remaining on the playoffs. If I was going to do a Cup race, my focus wouldn’t even be fully on that, as crazy as it sounds. The Xfinity Series and winning a second championship is more important to me than just a one-time Cup race, as wild as that sounds.

Practice leaders

Joey Logano posted the fastest speed on Friday for Cup Series drivers.

Logano led first practice with a lap of 22.056 (163.221 mph). Kyle Larson was quickest in second practice (162.704 mph).
Qualifying for Sunday’s Drydene 400 is today at 1:35 p.m.

New garage officially opens

Dover International Speedway’s new NASCAR Cup Series garage officially welcomed teams for the first time during Friday’s practice session.

The new garage is located between Turns 1 and 2 in the infield, a shift from its previous spot closer to Turn 1. The garage includes an Allied Steel Building, the official and exclusive steel buildings of Dover International Speedway. Raynor Garage Doors, the preferred garage door of Dover International Speedway, provided the garage doors for the project.

Some highlights and features of the new Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series garage include:

Kyle Busch signs an autograph before the Monster Cup practice at Dover International Speedway on Friday. Special to the Delaware State News/Pete Hinson

• Expanded square footage in building: 28 percent increase

• Includes 44 large garage bays (15-foot by 30-foot) with individual garage doors for cars and teams

• Larger garage area footprint: 22 percent increase. Existing guardrail facing Turns 1 and 2 were removed, along with grass areas on the inside of the turns. The area inside the apron is now fully paved, with SAFER barriers covering the entire length of the inside walls of Turns 1 and 2.

ARCA announces new format

NASCAR and ARCA announced Friday a new championship format for 2020 that will see the continuation of three historic regional championship series and the coronation of a new fourth champion, all under the ARCA Menards Series banner.

The four championships will be:

· ARCA Menards Series East and ARCA Menards Series West will continue the traditions established by the Busch North Series (founded in 1987) and Pacific Coast Late Model Series/Winston West (1954) and currently competing as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West. The series will feature an annual schedule of six to eight races and crowning of separate regional champions.

· ARCA Menards Series – The 20-race ARCA Menards Series, founded in 1953, a mix of national-series combination events at venues such as Daytona International Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway, as well as short tracks like Madison International Speedway in Wisconsin and the Illinois and DuQuoin State Fairgrounds mile dirt tracks.

· ARCA Racing Series Showdown – Ten races within the larger ARCA Menards Series championship will feature the best of the three series coming together to crown a Showdown champion.

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