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NASCAR star Tyler Reddick revealed in an episode of a Netflix documentary how he was able to name his son Beau.
Reddick was among the drivers profiled in “NASCAR: Full Speed,” which took an inside look at the top stars vying for a NASCAR Championship during the 2023 season. Reddick said in the second episode he made a bet with his wife before the start of the Xfinity Championship race in 2019.
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Tyler Reddick and wife, Alexa De Leon, pose on the red carpet prior to the NASCAR Awards and Champion Celebration at the Music City Center on Nov. 30, 2023, in Nashville. (Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
“Me and Alexa are pregnant. She and I are going back and forth on what we’re going to name our kid. We haven’t found middle ground. We’re kind of on opposite ends of it,” Reddick explained. “And she was like, ‘If you go win this championship, you can name our son Beau or whatever else you like. But if you lose it, I get to name our kid whatever I like.’”
Reddick said his wife wanted to name their son Ryker. Alexa, who was off-screen, said she liked Carter and still had the list of baby names on her phone.
Tyler Reddick celebrates after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series Ford EcoBoost 300 and the NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 16, 2019, in Florida. (Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
He said the bet motivated him to win the championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway that year.
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“There was no way I’m gonna lose this championship,” Reddick recalled. “And that’s what put me over the edge.”
The two first revealed the bet in an interview with NBC Sports in 2020.
Reddick won the Xfinity Championship in 2018 and 2019. He was also the regular season champion in 2019.
He finally picked up a full-time ride for Richard Childress Racing in 2020 and was with them through the 2022 season. He joined Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin’s 23XI Racing team in 2023.
Tyler Reddick prepares to qualify for the NASCAR Cup Series Championship at Phoenix Raceway on Nov. 4, 2023, in Avondale, Arizona. (Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
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Reddick finished the 2023 season in sixth place.