THE "CALIFORNIA KID" TAKES HIS FIRST 'W' WITH LATE MODEL PLUS

TAMPA, FL (FEBRUARY 9, 2011) The "California Kid", 15-year-old, Tyler Reddick grabbed the lead from Dan Schlieper with eight laps remaining and then he went on to win his first career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series race using VP's Late Model Plus

It was an exciting race at East Bay Raceway Park for the 35 th Annual DART Winternationals.   Reddick, who started third, tracked Dan Schlieper for the first 21 laps of the 30 lap main event. He grabbed the lead heading into turn number three. Scott Bloomquist finished second followed by Steve Francis and Don O'Neal.

"I can't believe this," said Reddick who will be running for the Quarter Master "Rookie of the Year" for the series in 2011.   "I was just so excited there at the end, the car was fast all night, I knew Dan (Schlieper) wasn't going to give it to us, we were going to have to earn it."   Reddick showed the patience of veteran in becoming the youngest winner in series history and the youngest late model driver to win an event at the famed "Clay by the Bay".

"I kept looking for Scott (Bloomquist) and Don (O'Neal) out there.   They are so tough here and I knew they'd be in the mix at the end, waiting through those cautions was a little unnerving, but I can't thank my mom and dad enough, they have supported me from the start of my racing career, I have to thank Scott for building a great race car and Gaerte Engines for coming onboard," said Reddick.

Schlieper and Jimmy Owens started on the front row as Schlieper bolted to the lead at the beginning of the $5,000 to win main.   Reddick moved into second on lap two and the two the put on a close, competitive race as Reddick was finally able to clear Schlieper with eight laps to go.   A heated battle for third between Bloomquist and O'Neal saw those two drivers run wheel-to-wheel over the last half of the race.

Reddick then had to wait through two cautions flags before he was finally able to cross the finish line in first in front of the standing, cheering crowd.

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