Michigan International Race Recap

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RACE RECAP

No. 19 Race Recap:

Tyler Reddick – No. 19 DrawTite Ford F-150:

Tyler Reddick scored a very respectable top 10 finish in his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Michigan International Speedway.
Reddick (@TylerReddick) finished in ninth place in the Careers For Veterans 200 presented by the Cooper Standard Foundation and Brad Keselowski’s Checkered Flag Foundation Saturday afternoon to keep a firm grip on the series point lead.  Tyler has an eight point advantage in the series standings after racking up his 11th top 10 finish in 13 races.
Tyler started 11th but slipped sideways on the first lap, dropping back to 16th.  He quickly recovered and started moving through traffic.  He climbed up to 10th position by lap 14 and was running there at the time of the second caution of the race on lap 26.
Tyler made his first pit stop of the afternoon under caution on lap 27 for four tires and adjustments.  He lined up ninth when the race went green on lap 30.
Reddick used a terrific restart to climb up to third on lap 31.  He was running fifth when he made his final scheduled pit stop under green on lap 67 for four tires and adjustments.  Tyler was sixth at the end of the cycle of stops and was seventh when the third caution slowed the race on lap 72.  Reddick lined up seventh when the race went green on lap 76.
The Draw-Tite Ford F-150 was just a bit too loose in traffic during the closing stages of the race for Reddick to make a final charge to the front.  Three more cautions would slow the race over the final 23 laps keeping the field packed together.
Reddick did a commendable job managing the two and sometimes three wide racing following each restart and was rewarded with a top 10 at the checkered flag.

Start: 11

Finish: 09

Status: Running

Driver Standings: 01

No. 29 Race Recap:

Brad Keselowski – No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150:

Ryan Blaney said before the start of the Careers For Veterans 200 presented by the Cooper Standard Foundation and Brad Keselowski’s Checkered Flag Foundation that he felt like he would run well in the race.
He knew what he was talking about.
Blaney (@Blaney) finished a strong second, his first top five in three starts at Michigan International Speedway.  Ryan claimed his second top five in three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts this season.
Blaney told his crew after qualifying that he believed he had a strong Cooper Standard Careers For Veterans Ford F-150 for the race.  He quickly proved his point, climbing from his 12th place starting position into third place by lap 9.
Ryan was third when he made his first pit stop during the second caution of the race on lap 27 for four tires and adjustments.  Blaney restarted sixth on lap 30 and five laps later he grabbed the lead for the first time.
On lap 36 he settled into second place and remained there until he made his final pit stop under green on lap 66 for four tires and minor adjustments.  Blaney was second when the third caution slowed the race on lap 72.
The final 23 laps would be slowed by three cautions.  Blaney used a good restart on lap 77 to grab the lead inducing cheers from thousands of Cooper Standard employees in the stands. He kept the top spot until the restart following the fourth caution on lap 82.  But Ryan tenaciously stayed in contention for the win, and took the lead following the sixth and final caution on lap 95.  Kyle Busch used drafting help from Erik Jones to take the lead on lap 97 but Blaney squeezed in line second.  On the final lap Blaney looked high and low but couldn’t find a way past Busch for the win.

Start: 12

Finish: 02

Status: Running

Owner Standings: 06

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

Tyler Reddick – No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford 
F-150: “I feel like the Draw-Tite team avoided a pitfall.  There were quite a few things that could have gone wrong for us but didn’t.  We were able to capitalize on some things that did happen and gained a little track position.  To me racing at Michigan is between a mile-and-a-half such as Kansas and a plate race.  Aero is very important here and I need to work on my comfort level on a racetrack like this.  You can really drive these trucks hard at Michigan.  I just had trouble having a truck tight enough for me to be able to really push the issue.”
Doug Randolph – Crew Chief, No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford  
F-150: Tyler did a good job in the Draw-Tite Ford F-150.  He was learning every lap since we got here.  In order for us to win this championship we just need to minimize mistakes.  We marked another tough one off because it’s easy to make a mistake at Michigan.  Toward the end we just kept getting caution after caution and cautions breed cautions.  You need to be really stable on a restart to be able to make the moves and we weren’t quite there today.”

Ryan Blaney – No. 29 Cooper Standard Careers For Veterans Ford F-150: “We got the lead on the restart there and that was good for us to get the lead.  I thought we were in great position to get the win.  It’s so hard being the leader.  It’s almost like superspeedway racing.  Here in the trucks you’re just wide open and it’s a matter of timing a run.  I think Kyle got a really good push from the 4 (Erik Jones) and had a huge run on us and he just timed it right and I couldn’t slow him down any. It’s great to have Cooper Standard sponsoring the race.  The Careers For Veterans program is something really special that Cooper Standard does and they had about 3,000 people in the stands.”

 
Chad Kendrick – Crew Chief, No. 29 Cooper Standard Careers For Veterans Ford F-150: “We’ve struggled at tracks like Michigan for a while so to run well today with the Cooper Standard Careers For Veterans Ford F-150 is a big confidence boost.  We pretty much ran in the top three all day plus led some laps.  I don’t know how Ryan could have driven a better race.  It was just a really good day.”
MEDIA RECAP

 Both Tyler Reddick and Ryan Blaney participated in a media availability session Aug. 14 in Michigan International Speedway’s infield media center to promote the Careers For Veterans 200.

Brad Keselowski participated in a video teleconference hosted by NASCAR on Aug. 11 to promote the Careers For Veterans 200 Presented by the Cooper Standard Foundation and Brad Keselowski’s Checkered Flag Foundation.
Reddick did an interview Aug. 12 with SiriusXM Speedway hosted by Dave Moody on Sirius XM NASCAR Channel 90.
Reddick did a live pre-race interview with Fox Sports 1 for the network’s Setup show while Blaney spoke live with Motor Racing Network.
Chad Kendrick did a live interview with Fox Sports 1 reporter Hermie Sadler during the network’s race telecast.
Following this second place finish, Blaney did live interviews with Fox Sports 1 and Motor Racing Network plus participated in a post-race press conference inside the infield media center.  He also did a live interview with Dialed In host Claire B. Lang on SiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90.