Brad Keselowski Racing NCWTS Preview: Phoenix Raceway
Keys to the Race:
- Unique track design at Phoenix features banking in Turns 1 and 2 while Turns 3 and 4 are much flatter
- Steeper banking gives drivers more options
- Truck must turn well in the flat corners
- Minimal tire falloff means track position is critical
- Difficult to make passes and go forward if you get stuck in traffic
- Keep Your Cool: radiators and oil coolers work differently due to minimal humidity
- Best time to pass is on restarts, so expect drivers to be aggressive
- Drivers must make good decisions and put themselves in best position to make a pass
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No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford F-150
- Driver of the Draw-Tite Ford F-150 enters the Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix Raceway fourth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings, five points ahead of Ben Rhodes in the race for the final spot in the Championship 4
- Red Hot at the Right Time: Average finish over the last five NCWTS races is 5.80, including three top fives
- Has reeled off 13 top-10 finishes in the last 15 races
- Led the most laps at Texas – the second time this season he has accomplished the feat
- Collected his seventh top-five of the season with runner-up finish at Texas
- Has six top fives on tracks over one-mile in length
- Will be making his 28th NCWTS start and third and Phoenix
- The No. 19 team is fifth in the NCWTS Owner Playoffs, 15 points behind fourth place and a spot in the Championship 4
Austin Cindric: “Stage points are super important, so you’ve got to be aggressive. We’re going to be focused on qualifying so we can stay up front. Five points is the difference between one driver finishing fifth in a stage and the other not getting any stage points. Both ends of the racetrack at Phoenix are completely different, so communication between driver and crew chief is important. You need to be able to race in traffic and handle well at both ends of the track and get in the gas soon. We’ve had top-five speed with our Draw-Tite Ford F-150 at tracks about a mile in length, so I’m encouraged by that. I’m looking forward to using my experience in the Truck Series at Phoenix to qualify up front and race well.”
No. 29 Checkered Flag Foundation/Fisher House Ford F-150
- Chase Briscoe’s No. 29 Ford F-150 will carry the colors of Brad Keselowski’s Checkered Flag Foundation in honor of Veterans Day. The truck’s bed cover will feature a list of 164 veterans nominated by their friends and family to thank them for their military service. The same 164 veterans will also ride on Brad Keselowski’s No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion in Sunday’s Cup Series race.
- Fisher House Foundation will be featured on the truck’s hood. Fisher House Foundation is best known for a network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment.
- Friday night will be Briscoe’s first NCWTS race at Phoenix Raceway.
- The No. 29 team will unload “Goose,” the same chassis that Briscoe nearly drove to victory at Iowa Speedway earlier this year.
Chase Briscoe: “As Phoenix comes closer, it’s crazy to think how fast this season has gone. It has been a blast with everyone on this team, and hopefully we can go out strong. Phoenix is a track where it’s really hard to pass. Hopefully, since we don’t need stage points, we can use that to our advantage and stay on top of track position. I feel really privileged to be running the Checkered Flag Foundation and Fisher House on our truck for Veterans Day weekend. We’ve got the names of 164 veterans on our truck bed. I would love to get a win to recognize those veterans and everyone else who has served this country.”