CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Tyler Reddick has been promoted to the Series with Richard Childress Racing next season to replace Daniel Hemric, who last month was told he would not be retained for a second season.

Reddick is the reigning Xfinity Series champion and is third in the standings headed into the first elimination race in that series’ playoffs. He’s a five-time winner this year for Childress, which he joined after winning the title for JR Motorsports.

Childress last month compared Reddick to a young Cale Yarborough, the Hall of Famer tied for sixth on ’s all-time wins list with Jimmie Johnson at 83 victories.

Hemrick got just one year in the No. 8 before Childress made the change. The native of Kannapolis was given the No. 8 that is part of the Earnhardt family, the most celebrated residents of the city. But Hemric has just two top-10 finishes, is ranked 25th in the standings and failed to make the playoffs.

He is considered a candidate for the open seat at JTG Daugherty Racing that opened last week when Chris Buescher jumped to Roush Fenway Racing.

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