Tyler Reddick on driving a truck on dirt: ‘Like you just hit a wall head-on’


Camping World Truck Series driver Tyler Reddick has done quite a bit of racing in his 19 years, particularly on dirt and in different types of race vehicles.

But racing a Truck on dirt is a completely different animal, says Reddick, currently second in the Truck point standings.

“It drives a lot like a vehicle that you just hit a wall head-on with and it doesn’t want to do anything,” Reddick said with a laugh Wednesday afternoon at Eldora Speedway, site of tonight’s third-annual NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Mud Summer Classic.

“It’s a real handful, it feels like a broken race car,” Reddick said of trucking on dirt. “I’ve never been in anything like it.

“It’s a real heavy vehicle without a lot of tire and not a very soft tire. There’s just not a lot of grip out there. We’re trying to find every little bit of grip we can out there. It’s interesting.”

The Corning, Calif., native has had an outstanding season to date in his second year of driving for Brad Keselowski Racing.

In 10 Truck races thus far in 2015, he has two wins, six top-five and eight top-10 finishes. His worst finish has only been 13th (Kansas).

Despite how difficult it is to race a truck on dirt, Reddick hopes to improve upon his 11th place finish in last year’s race at Eldora.

“This is definitely a race I schedule on my calendar every year that I want to win, more so than probably any other, being where I came from, and it’s Eldora,” Reddick said. “You can’t really get better than that.”

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