Tyler Reddick crashed last week at Homestead-Miami Speedway; Watch the video
NASCAR is currently racing at Martinsville Speedway. The race is the final playoff elimination race ahead of next week’s championship event.
According to RCR, the team noted that Reddick wasn’t feeling 100% before the start of today’s race. Reddick drove into the rear of another car, denting the front nose. That only heightened the ill-feeling driver.
On lap 189 of 500, Reddick abruptly pulled to the garage during green flag conditions. He pulled directly to his hauler, climbed from the car and exited the race.
“My head hurts,” Tyler Reddick stated over the team radio.
Reddick climbed from his machine. He was met my team owner Richard Childress who consoled Reddick as his driver exited the race.
The driver took a ride via golf cart to the infield care center. He was checked and released but he elected to decline interviews.
The race at Martinsville Speedway is currently ongoing.
Homestead-Miami Speedway crash
Last weekend, Reddick spun off turn two at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He spun toward the infield wall making a heavy nose-first impact with the wall. It remains unclear if that incident is related to today’s situation.
Watch the Homestead-Miami crash video below.
Reddick is in his last season with RCR. He’ll make the move to 23XI Racing in 2023.
Next Gen Safety
All year, drivers have noted that impacts are greater with the Next Gen car. NASCAR’s new spec chassis is built like a tank. It’s safer in many cases but it’s also significantly stiffer.
For 2023, NASCAR already has plans drawn up to adjust the chassis. And, the series is going to cover the costs for the teams to switch over the car to the new design.
Essentially, many bars on the rear of the car will be removed. There will be more crush built into the design.
Currently, Alex Bowman and Kurt Busch are sidelined with concussion-like symptoms. Bowman is set to return next week after missing several weeks. Busch announced his retirement from full-time racing.