NASCAR: 5 more drivers who could get their first win in 2021

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Tyler Reddick, NASCAR
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Possible first-time NASCAR Cup Series winners: #5 – Tyler Reddick

Tyler Reddick made his full-time NASCAR Cup Series debut last season for Richard Childress Racing following eight wins and two championships in a pair of full Xfinity Series seasons. He recorded three top five finishes, nine top 10 finishes and an average finish of 17.5 in the #8 Chevrolet, where he has returned for the 2021 campaign.

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If Reddick grabs his first career win this year, it could happen at Homestead-Miami Speedway or on a superspeedway. His back-to-back Xfinity Series championships came on the strength of back-to-back wins in the season finale, which was held at Homestead-Miami Speedway in both years.

He also finished in fourth place at the track in 2017, so his performance was not necessarily because of an increased focus on the title race. In the Truck Series, he has two top five finishes and an average finish of 3.7 in three starts at Homestead-Miami, while he finished in fourth in last year’s Cup Series race there.

At superspeedways, Reddick’s young Cup Series career has been a mixed bag, with one top 10 finish and an average finish of 13.5 in two races at Talladega Superspeedway but three DNFs and an average finish of 27.8 in four races at Daytona International Speedway.

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Although superspeedways can be the ultimate wild card, Reddick has shown the ability to win at these tracks at multiple levels. He has one win each at each track in the Xfinity Series, while he has one win at Daytona International Speedway and two top five finishes at Talladega Superspeedway in the Truck Series.