Race Preview: Darlington

Race Preview: Darlington

Tyler Reddick, No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1


NASCAR Series Darlington

Sunday, May 17, 2020 and Wednesday May 20, 2020

Darlington Raceway

1301 Harry Byrd Hwy, Darlington, SC

Laps: 367
Miles: 501
Track Size: 1.366 miles
Start:6:00 p.m. ET

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Tyler Reddick at Darlington Raceway ... Tyler Reddick will be making his NASCAR Cup Series debut at Darlington Raceway this weekend. The two-time NASCAR Xfinity Series champion has three starts at "The Lady in Black" in the Xfinity Series, collecting two top-five finishes and leading 70 laps during last year's race.

Caterpillar Gives Thanks ... What does it mean when someone says, "thank you?" The global health crisis truly illustrates how critical many jobs are and how many of us took them for granted. While some of us are safely isolating from home, others bravely continue to do the work, risking their health and safety to keep their communities moving forward. Medical professionals putting the rest of us ahead of their own loved ones. Folks who are part of supply chains are doing more than just stocking shelves, they're delivering inspiration. We're all feeling the uncertainty, but we're also feeling a profound sense of gratitude.

At Caterpillar, we want to say, "thank you." Not just to our customers who continue to build towards a better tomorrow. But to people everywhere who are digging in, working hard and giving us hope as we struggle through. 

We're in a fight for the future. We're in it together. And to those of you on the front lines... "thank you." Learn more by visiting Cat.com/thanks or Caterpillar's Facebook Page.

Real Heroes ... Reddick and his No. 8 team are honored to take part in The Real Heroes Project in conjunction with NASCAR and FOX to highlight healthcare workers and systems that play a major role in the fight against COVID-19. On Sunday, Reddick's name above his driver side door will be replaced with Dr. David Zich, an Internist specializing in Internal and Emergency Medicine. Dr. Zich, based out of Chicago, Illinois, has been recognized as a Fellow of both the American College of Physicians and the American College of Emergency Physicians, denoting high achievement and fulfillment of rigorous professional standards for both specialties. Dr. Zich has also been recognized for his ability to explain complex medical topics to the general public.

On Wednesday, Reddick's name will be replaced with OSF Healthcare Systems, a healthcare system located in Peoria, Illinois, and the backyard of Caterpillar's global headquarters. The staff at OSF has fought against COVID-19 both at their local hospital and locations across the country, with some of their staff traveling to New York and Chicago to provide further assistance where they can. 

Richard Childress Racing at Darlington Raceway ... Richard Childress is tied for third in all-time car owner victories with Holman-Moody and the Wood Brothers in NASCAR Cup Series competition at Darlington Raceway with eight wins each. RCR's history at the South Carolina-based track began in 1976 with Richard Childress earning a top-10 finish behind the wheel of a No. 3 Chevrolet. Since that time, RCR has notched 125 collective Cup Series starts at the 1.366-mile egg-shaped oval, accumulating 23 top-five and 40 top-10 finishes. RCR also has 58 starts at the track in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, with 10 top-five finishes and 23 top-10 finishes, and three NASCAR Truck Series starts, with one top-five finish. 

COVID-19 Relief ... Own a piece of history by participating in a recently launched auction and sale of Richard Childress' personal collection of memorabilia. All proceeds will assist COVID-19 relief efforts. Thousands of rare, hard-to-find and exclusive items from Richard Childress' 50+ years in NASCAR are up for bid or sale, including an original No. 3 Chevrolet once raced by Dale Earnhardt, complete with engine. To bid or purchase items from Childress' personal collection, visit https://www.ebay.com/str/RichardChildresscollection. Bidders interested in the Dale Earnhardt racecar should register here https://www.barrett-jackson.com/Events/Event/Home/OnlineMay-2020/4ac775c5-37d9-4906-800b-84478937ab2b.

Catch the Action ... The Real Heroes 400 at Darlington Raceway will be televised live Sunday, May 17 beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX and will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. 

The NASCAR Xfinity Series Race at Darlington Raceway will be televised live Tuesday, May 19 beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET on FS1 and will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

The NASCAR Cup Series Race at Darlington Raceway will be televised live Wednesday, May 20 beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET on FS1 and will be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.


It looks like it's going to be very warm on Sunday for the return to racing at Darlington Raceway, are you concerned about that for the first race back?

"I'm very excited about the possibility of hot weather at Darlington Raceway, and the slipping and sliding we'll probably see during these two races there, especially the first one. We've seen that race run a lot at night, so I think we'll see two different races between the ones on Sunday and Wednesday. They are both going to be tough races, but I'm really looking forward to the race on Sunday during the middle of the day. I love hot, slick racetracks when we're hot in the car, which probably seems strange to people, but I love it. It just seems like the hotter it gets, the more fun I have in a race car. Granted, a lot of that experience is on the Xfinity side, so maybe I'll think differently after this Cup race since most our races have been relatively cool this year. But I'm looking forward to being back at the track. I've been karting lately, trying to keep my instincts up for when I'm back in the No. 8 Caterpillar Chevrolet, and I think I'm ready to go on Sunday."

The industry is doing a lot to recognize frontline workers across the country during these races. What have you seen stand out as we head into the race weekend?

"I really appreciate what everyone is doing to thank and honor frontline workers across the country and across multiple industries. Caterpillar has a great 'Thank You' campaign going on that focuses on those who are helping to keep moving our country forward during this time and is including everyone from healthcare workers to truck drivers and construction workers. As someone who has a couple friends that are truck drivers who've been working non-stop lately, it's really cool to see them get some recognition. Then on top of that, we're going to be part of the Real Heroes Project through NASCAR and honor healthcare workers and systems by putting their names over ours on the door. I think that's a really special way that we're able to show some gratitude towards everything these people have done for us during this time. All their hard work does not go unnoticed, and it is the reason we're able to return to racing like this."