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Pre-Race Report

No. 19 California Clean Power Ford F-150

Going Green: Daniel Hemric (@DanielHemric) will sport the bright green and orange California Clean Power colors on his Ford F-150 for the first time this season in Saturday’s Great Clips 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.  Hemric ran some of the fastest laps of the 2015 Atlanta race, but his chances for a top-five finish went away when he ran out of fuel during the race.  He was credited with a 19th-place finish in the final rundown.

Daniel Hemric Notes

  • Hemric has one previous NCWTS start at Atlanta Motor Speedway
  • Earned seven top 10s and one top 5 finish at intermediate tracks (between one and two miles in length) in 2015
  • Will carry a Ford EcoBoost on-board camera in Saturday’s race
  • California Clean Power will appear on Hemric’s Ford F-150 in 13 events, returning for its second-consecutive season as one of Hemric’s primary partners
  • Hemric finished eighth in his BKR debut at Daytona
  • Currently eighth in the NCWTS championship standings – 11 points behind the leader

Daniel Hemric – No. 19 California Clean Power Ford F-150: “Atlanta Motor Speedway is the track that I’ve been most looking forward to since I crossed the finish line there last year.  It is, by far, my favorite track that I’ve visited in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The track is fast, slick, and has so much character. Last week’s superspeedway race was so different than everywhere else we go, so I consider this weekend to be my first race where I’m really working with my BKR team to fine tune the handling of the California Clean Power Ford F-150. This team has had a lot of speed at Atlanta in the past, and at intermediate tracks in general, so our expectations are extremely high going into this race.”

Chad Kendrick – Crew Chief, No. 19 California Clean Power Ford F-150: ”We didn’t get the result we wanted in Daytona, so I’m extremely happy to be going to Atlanta. We ran really well there last year and Daniel says that it’s his favorite track. I believe that with all the information we learned there last year, and Daniel having a good grasp and appreciation of the track, our California Clean Power Ford F-150 can contend for the victory.”

No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150

Reddick Ready to Rebound at Atlanta: Tyler Reddick (@TylerReddick) and the Cooper Standard Ford F-150 team look to get back on track in Saturday’s Great Clips 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.  Reddick placed 18th in the season-opening race at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway Feb. 19 and currently sits 16th in the series championship standings.

Tyler Reddick Notes

  • Overcame pit road penalty to score a fifth-place finish in 2015 Atlanta race – his first start at the 1.54-mile speedway
  • Has one win, one pole and 16 top-10 finishes in 23 intermediate starts
  • Scored 624 championship points in competition on tracks over a mile in 2015 – most by any NCWTS driver
  • Most recent pole position came on intermediate size track – Texas Motor Speedway in October 2014
  • Has been running at the finish of 31 consecutive NCWTS races entering Friday night’s race
  • Finished seventh or better in last four races on mile-and-a-half tracks (average finish is 4.25)

Tyler Reddick – No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150: “Last year at Atlanta, we made one mistake and it probably kept us from having a top-three finish.  It’s up to myself and crew chief Doug Randolph to make sure our Cooper Standard Ford F-150 is good enough in practice to run well early in a run. Atlanta is a lot of fun to race on.  The track does not have a lot of grip and, unfortunately, there’s really no high groove at Atlanta.  It’s important to manage your track position and not lose a lot of time on restarts.”

Doug Randolph – Crew Chief, No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150: “Tyler did a great job at Atlanta last year and I’m optimistic our Cooper Standard Ford F-150 will run well again this weekend.  Last year we had a pit road penalty followed by a lot of green flag racing, so it took us a long time to get back into the top five.  The tires are going to fall off and it’s going to be terrible to drive after a while, but the driver has to live through it.  If you have 10-lap better tires, you’re going to drive around them.  The one thing is managing the tires for the end of the race, and if you’re the guy that has one more set, you’re going to be a hero.”