BKR at Daytona Post-Race Report

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NO. 19 RACE RECAP:

From the drop of the green flag Friday night, Tyler Reddick (@tylerreddick) attacked Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway with the confidence and determination of a cagey veteran.

 

All that added up to a night the 19-year old driver wouldn’t soon forget.

The driver of the No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford F-150 grabbed his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory in the NextEra Energy Resources 250. Reddick won for the first time in 18 series races and in his second start at Daytona.  He leads the series championship standings for the first time in his career by six points over Eric Jones.

 

Tyler qualified third and ran near the front of the pack throughout the 100 lap, 250 mile event.  He and Ty Dillon traded the lead seven times during the first half of the race, running side by side for the majority of the first 50 laps.  On lap 50 the complexion of the race changed thanks to a 12 truck pileup in Turn 3.  The accident eliminated several strong contenders and gave Reddick’s team an opportunity to pit for four tires and fuel.

 

Reddick pitted on lap 52 under yellow for four tires and restarted second alongside teammate Austin Theriault when the race went green on lap 58.  The duo ran 1-2 until the fourth caution waved on lap 66.  One lap later both teammates stopped for a splash of fuel with Reddick edging his teammate off pit road and taking the race lead.

 

From there Reddick never again surrendered the top spot, leading the final 33 laps despite two cautions and the subsequent nerve racking restarts.  The sixth and final caution set up a six lap dash to the finish.  Reddick and Theriault restarted at the front of the pack and stayed there until Turn 4 on the final lap when Scott Lagasse Jr. pulled alongside Theriault.  The move created a four wide formation for second which allowed Reddick to drive away for the win.

 

Tyler Reddick – No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford 
F-150: ”It was just great to have a teammate there at the end and we were able to work together and pull off the win for the Draw-Tite Ford F-150.  Any race that you lead at Daytona can be very stressful because you’re the guy in front of everybody else and you really don’t have anyone to draft off of so you’re kind of a sitting duck.  You have to really just wait and be smart and hope for the best.  There was a lot of stress taken off my mind when I saw the blue No. 29 behind me.  It’s probably going to take a few days for all this to sink in.”
Doug Randolph – Crew Chief, No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford F-150:  “It was a pretty easy race from our standpoint.  Tyler did a great job all night and so did T.J. Majors (spotter).  We had that one caution right in the middle of the race with the big wreck that made our job easier.  Knowing that we’d run through a lot of debris we could put on four tires and fill up with fuel.  That pretty much helped seal all the effort that we had and then it was just fun to watch Tyler and Austin do their thing.”

 

NO. 29 RACE RECAP

A rookie driver does not run up front, lead laps and have a chance to win in their first start at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.

 

Someone forgot to tell Austin Theriault (@AustinTheriault).

Behind the wheel of the No. 29 Cooper Standard Careers For Veterans Ford F-150, Theriault scored a commendable fourth place finish in Friday night’s NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.  Theriault claimed his first top five finish in his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start plus led the race once for nine laps.

 

Theriault started fourth and ran among the top seven throughout the 100 lap, 250 mile event.  During the first half of the race, Theriault patiently stayed in line inside the lead draft gaining valuable experience.  He was running fourth on lap 50 when a 12 car accident in Turn 3 slowed the race. The incident eliminated several strong contenders and gave Theriault’s team an opportunity to pit.

 

On lap 52 he pitted for right side tires and fuel – a move that gave him the lead when the race went green on lap 58.  Austin was leading when the fourth caution waved on lap 65.  One lap later he pitted for fuel and returned to the track just behind teammate Tyler Reddick.

 

Over the next 32 laps the Brad Keselowski Racing duo ran 1-2.  They were able to stay at the front of the pack despite two cautions and the subsequent restarts – the last of which set up a six lap dash to the checkered flag.

 

On the final lap of the race, Theriault was running on his teammate’s bumper.  As the leaders came off Turn 4, Scott Lagasse Jr. jumped to Austin’s inside, pulling him into a four wide formation in the battle for second – but allowed teammate Reddick to scamper away for the win.

 

Austin Theriault – No. 29 Cooper Standard Careers For Veterans Ford F-150: “I’m proud of what we were able to accomplish in the Cooper Standard Careers For Veterans Ford F-150.  At the white flag we were first and second.  You’ll have some people say why didn’t we make the move earlier but it seemed like the guys that would go outside would go to the back.  I was content running where I was.  I’m not content finishing second but you want to make the move when it counts.  Nobody wanted to go and by the time we got out of four I thought I was going to make the move but the 20 had a run.  He went to the inside and then it was history.  We just got sucked back in the pack and Tyler was home free.”

Chad Kendrick – Crew Chief, No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150:  “Austin did a great job all night and drove a heck of a race.  We felt like if he’d have stayed with Tyler until the tri-oval and then made a move we’d have ended up 1-2 and maybe we’d have had a shot at winning.  He just made the move a little too early which sucked the guys up from behind and caused that big four wide deal.”

 

Media Recap:

Tyler Reddick, Doug Randolph and Brad Keselowski participated in the winner’s post-race press conference inside the speedway’s media center immediately following the race.  Reddick also did live interviews with Fox Sports 1 and Motor Racing Network from victory lane plus a live interview with local station WESH-TV.  Reddick also did a live interview with SIRIUS XM NASCAR Channel 90and host Claire B. Lang immediately after the race.

 

Randolph did a live interview during the closing laps of the race with Fox Sports 1.

 

Chad Kendrick did a live interview with Motor Racing Network during the race.

 

Reddick did a live Fox Sports 1 interview with Fox Sports 1 during pre-race.

 

During final practice on Feb. 20, both Reddick and Austin Theriault did live interviews with Fox Sports 1.

 

Reddick did interviews with reporter Don Coble (Morris News Service) and Jerry Jordan with Kickin’ The Tires website in conjunction with his appearance at the National Guard Youth Foundation on Feb. 20.

 

Theriault did an interview with the Tradin’ Paint show on SIRIUS XM NASCAR Channel 90 on Feb. 16.

Driver
Tyler Reddick
Driver
Austin Theriault
Starting Position
3
Starting Position
4
Finishing Position
1
Finishing Position
4
Status
Running
Status
Running
Driver Points Position
1
Owner Points Position
4
Points Behind Leader
0
Points Behind Leader
-7