Gateway Motorsports Park Post-Race Report

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No. 19 Race Recap:

Tyler Reddick – No. 19 Broken Bow Records Ford F-150:

Tyler Reddick (@TylerReddick) scored an eighth-place finish in the Drivin’ For Linemen 200 Saturday night at Gateway (Madison, Ill.) Motorsports Park and closed to within 12 points of the leader in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings, a gain of 13 points.

 

But those facts were little consolation to the young driver following the race.

 

Reddick saw his chances to win evaporate moments after the final restart on lap 154 of the 160 lap, 200 mile race.  He led the field to the green flag following the sixth and final caution but struggled to come up to speed and was ninth in line at the exit of Turn 2.  Reddick recovered over the final six laps and was able to pick off eighth place by the checkered flag.

 

Reddick started sixth and wrestled a tight handling truck during the first run of the race.  He took advantage of the first caution on lap 55 for four tires and major adjustments by crew chief Doug Randolph.

 

The adjustments worked well.  Tyler was running fourth when the second yellow slowed the pace on lap 81.  One lap later he pitted for right-side tires and restarted second on lap 85.

 

Reddick struggled on the restart, briefly falling outside the top 10.  He was in 11th position when the third caution waved on lap 93 and pitted on lap 94 for a change of left-side tires.

 

Tyler restarted in 12th position on lap 97 and began to work his way to the front.  He was eighth by lap 100 and sixth when the fourth caution came out on lap 118.  Reddick pitted for four tires and adjustments on lap 119 and great pit work moved him up to fourth when the green flag waved on lap 123.

 

He moved up to third one lap later and was running there when the fifth caution came out on lap 143.  Crew chief Doug Randolph chose not to pit under this caution and Reddick lined up second when the race went green on lap 150.

 

Reddick restarted inside leader Matt Crafton and had just grabbed the lead when Crafton and John Hunter Nemechek crashed in Turn 3, bringing out the sixth and final caution of the race and setting up the final dash to the finish.

 

Tyler Reddick – No. 19 Broken Bow Records Ford F-150:
 ”Our Broken Bow Records Ford F-150 was really good and our pit crew was awesome. We were tight on that first run but after that the balance on our truck was fine.   We put ourselves in a position to win the race.  It was just a driver mistake on that last restart.  I’m going to figure out what the heck I’m doing wrong and correct it.”

Doug Randolph – Crew Chief, No. 19 Broken Bow Records Ford F-150: 
“The guys did a great job in the pits and picked us up spots on every stop.  We weren’t very good at the start of the race.  If you told me on lap 50 we would have a really good shot of winning the race I would have said that you were crazy.  We battled all night.  We made adjustments to the Broken Bow Records Ford F-150 and could run with the leaders by the end of the race.  We had our opportunity but it just didn’t work out.  It was very disappointing for us.”

 

No. 29 Race Recap:

Austin Theriault – No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150 Recap:

Austin Theriault (@AustinTheriault) brushed aside a midrace penalty and struggles on restarts to claim a 10th place finish in the Drivin’ For Linemen 200 Saturday night at Gateway (Madision, Ill.) Motorsports Park.  Theriault racked up his third top 10 finish in four career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts.

 

Austin started 10th but ran outside the top 10 during the early stages of the 160 lap, 200 mile race. He was 16th in line but running lap times equal to the leaders.

 

Theriault took advantage of the first caution to pit for four tires and adjustments on lap 55.  Speedy service on the pit lane allowed him to restart 11th when the race went green on lap 62.  Theriault got loose under braking immediately after the restart.  He recovered quickly but lost a few positions in the process.  He was running 15th when the second yellow slowed the race on lap 80.

 

Theriault pitted for right side tires only on lap 82 during the caution period in an effort to gain track position.  He lined up fifth when the race went green on lap 85 and stayed there when the third caution waved on lap 93.  Crew chief Chad Kendrick chose not to pit under this caution and he restarted fourth on lap 97.

 

Moments after the green, NASCAR officials ruled Theriault changed lanes just before crossing the start-finish line and he was hit with a pass through penalty.  He served his penalty on lap 102 and the sequence left him in 16th position but still on the lead lap.

 

Theriault and the team caught a break when the fourth caution of the race came out on lap 118 which kept him on the lead lap.  He pitted on lap 119 right side tires and gained track position with the call,  restarting in seventh poisiton on lap 123.

 

Once again the restart wasn’t kind to Theriault.  He fell in line outside the top 10 but the fifth caution gave him an opportunity to pit for four tires and an adjustment on lap 146.

 

He restarted 11th when the race went green on lap 150 and was able to pick his way cleanly through the final two restarts to collect a 10th-place finish.

 

Austin Theriault – No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150:
“We were able to come away with a top 10 in the Cooper Standard Ford F-150 but I wanted a better finish.  I’ll have to go back and figure out what I need to do to be better and not lose track position on the restarts.  I feel bad for what happened on the restart when I got penalized.  I’ll go back and look at that again and see what I need to change and learn from it and not make the same mistake again.”

 

Chad Kendrick – Crew Chief, No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150: 
“I see improvement every week when Austin is behind the wheel of the Cooper Standard Ford F-150.  I think he did a nice job and learned a ton this weekend.  We’ve got to help him improve on restarts and that’s probably a combination of what we need to give him and what Austin needs to figure out.  Once we get him going on restarts we’re going to be fine.”

 

Media Recap:

Tyler Reddick did a live interview with Fox Sports 1Setup show just before the scheduled start of the race.

 

Austin Theriault did a live interview with Fox Sports 2 during the network’s live coverage of qualifying.

 

Reddick also did a live call-in to The Back Stretch hosted by Brad Gillie on SIRIUS XM NASCAR Channel 90 during the rain delay before the start of Saturday night’s race.

 

Theriault did a live radio interview June 9 with Tradin’ Paint with Jim Noble and Chocolate Myers on SIRIUS XM NASCAR Channel 90.

 

Reddick did a radio interview June 11 with The Press Box show with St. Louis radio station WGNU.

 

Tyler did an interview June 14 with the Du Quoin Evening Call newspaper.

 

Reddick did a live interview June 8 on the Horsepower Hour radio show on Marshalltown, Iowa’s KIX 101.1, which is a major station in the Iowa Speedway market.

 

Reddick taped an interview June 9 with The Front Stretch radio show which airs on the Omaha, Nebraska ESPN Radio affiliate and airs on Sunday mornings.

Reddick also did an interview with Dan Hodgdon for the onedirt.com website.

 

Both Reddick and Theriault did interviews June 13 with STL Motorsport Magazine.