Tyler Reddick pulled to the garage during the race at Martinsville Speedway saying, “My head hurts.”
Last weekend, NASCAR raced at Martinsville Speedway. The half-mile oval brought a load of storylines throughout the race.
One of those was Tyler Reddick who abruptly exited the race on lap 189 of 500. Reddick pulled his car to the infield after saying, ‘My head hurts’ over the radio.
Reddick was treated at the infield care center after climbing from the car but he was quickly released. The driver did not return to the event.
The week prior, Reddick was involved in a heavy impact at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The impact was great enough that his grip on the steering wheel bent the wheel forward when hitting the wall.
NASCAR drivers Alex Bowman and Kurt Busch have been out of the seat for several weeks after impacts suffered in the next Gen car. Those impacts have been addressed by NASCAR and they already have plans drafted to change the chassis, at the cost of NASCAR for 2023.
However, Reddick doesn’t think that incident was related to what happened at Martinsville. Earlier this week, Reddick detailed the incident at Martinsville…
Tyler Reddick details the incident at Martinsville
“It is a bit crazy,” Tyler Reddick stated via Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.
“I ran into the back of Noah and went forward a bit. Then, someone ran into the back of me and I went flying back into the headrest.”
“I just didn’t really seem right. Felt like I needed to get out of the car. It was gthe right call, I wasn’t feeling my best.”
“Went to the infield care center and got checked out. In their opinion, everything seemed ok. Just being really safe and making sure we’re taking the right steps.”
“Homestead, I crashed into the inside wall. It was a surprisingly large impact, in my opinion. But, I felt fine after the race and the days after the race.”
“I had a situation where when I hit the inside wall, my forearm bent the wheel. My forearm hurt a little bit, for a day or two.”
“Homestead and Martinsville, as far as I know, had nothing to do with each other. What happened at Martinsville was just really crazy.”
“I was really surprising. The rear of the car doesn’t look damaged at all but certainly a bad situation as my head was as far forward as it get could get running into the back of Noah.”
Reddick concluded, “Then, when I got hit, my head went flying backward into the headrest.”
Medical Update: November 2, 2022
Now, Reddick is set to return to the seat. He’ll race in the championship race at Phoenix Raceway after being medically cleared to return.
“After further evaluation, I’m very excited to say that I’ve been cleared to return to racing! I’d like to give thanks to NASCAR and their team for what they’ve done this week to make sure that I’m 100%,” Reddick stated on Wednesday afternoon.