Tyler Riddick isn’t surprised about Kyle Busch in Car #8

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Bristol, Tenn. A lot has changed for Tyler Riddick in the past few months.

On July 12, it was announced that Reddick would leave Richard Childress Racing when his contract expires at the end of the 2023 season to join 23XI Racing.

Then, earlier this week, Richard Childress Racing announced that Kyle Busch will join the team in 2023 to drive the #8 Chevrolet – currently driven by Riddick.

That leaves Riddick, who picked up his first two wins in the NASCAR Cup Series this year, in the unique position of not knowing exactly what the 2023 season will look like. All he knows now is that he will likely return to Richard Childress Racing as part of a new third charter team.

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“Nothing frankly surprised me,” Riddick admitted on Friday afternoon before training and qualifying at Bristol Motor Speedway. “In 2024 I will move on to a new group of people and a new team. It is a unique challenge to be able to go through that next year with a new group of people.

“If there’s anything, I think it will help me when I move on to the next position (23XI Racing), sort of getting used to moving in with different people and doing the process.”

As of Friday afternoon, Riddick said team owner Richard Childress had not given him any details on what his program would look like in 2023.

“We talked about those things. We discussed, like, OK, what’s going to happen?” said Riddick. “He said he’d get details for me soon. When? I don’t know. Maybe after the race because he said he wanted to discuss it here in Bristol, but we both agreed it was more important for me to focus on this race and talk about it afterwards.”

As far as Reddick is concerned, his move to 23XI Racing and Richard Childress Racing who has signed Busch are tough business decisions that are executed in the best interests of both parties. He says he has no ill will towards Childress to put Bush in eighth place next season.

“I’ve looked at it from a business point of view and feel they’re getting closer to Kyle being in and being with Team Eight, and they’re looking to the future and what’s going to be the best in the long run,” Riddick said. “I’m sure I can understand how people might think it’s personal, but I don’t look at it that way.

“There’s been enough rumors about it, right? I kind of have an idea that he’s coming. In the long run from the RCR, it makes sense to put him in an 8.”

Riddick enters Saturday’s Pro Bass Shop Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway (USA Network, NBC Sports app, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) in 11th place in the NASCAR Cup Series Qualifiers standings, two points off the cut-off line to make the eighth round as he continues His first championship in the NASCAR Cup Series.

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