Tyler Reddick: Next in line for his first Championship 4?

With 2023 featuring the youngest Championship 4 in Cup Series history, the new generation is here. But who are the next drivers that could break through?

Tyler Reddick had arguably his best and most consistent season in 2023. Despite scoring one less victory than he did in 2022 by only visiting victory lane twice, he still put up tied his career-highs in top five and top 10 finishes with 10 and 16, respectively. He also secured a career-high two pole positions and finished in a career-high sixth place in the standings.

He pulled all of this off in his first season at 23XI Racing and Toyota after spending three seasons with Richard Childress Racing and Chevrolet. He outran an older and more experienced teammate in Bubba Wallace, who has been with the team two years longer, and at times, he went toe-to-toe with and beat team co-owner Denny Hamlin.

Looking back at the season, there were also plenty of other races which Reddick could have won. The No. 45 team committed a multitude of pit road errors and mistakes, with the most notable one coming at Michigan International Speedway and causing Reddick to sound off in frustration.

He also lost out several times when fighting for the win, such as when he missed pit road while leading the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway and made contact with the lapped car of Ryan Newman.

The 2023 season was just his fourth full-time season in NASCAR’s top series. The two-time Xfinity Series champion’s skills behind the wheel are undeniable, and they have been on display quite often over the last two or three years in particular.

With a full season at 23XI Racing now in the books and yet more experience gained for the soon-to-be 28-year-old, Reddick is an easy bet for a true breakout season in 2024, making him a serious first-time Championship 4 contender.

Logan Ploder