BKR Doubles Down on Repeat Performance in Sin City

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Brad Keselowski Racing NCWTS Preview: Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Keys to the Race

  • Track changes multiple times from practice to when the race concludes under the lights
  • More grip when the sun goes down leads to faster speeds
  • Major temperature swing (+30°) from day to night, handling will become looser at night
  • West coast standalone race are challenging for every NCWTS team
  • Dusty conditions between qualifying and practice can make the track surface slippery

No. 19 LTi Printing Ford F-150

  • Driver of the LTi Printing Ford F-150 is fifth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoff standings, five points ahead of the sixth-place cutoff position
  • Eighth-place finish at New Hampshire was his 10th top 10 of the season and eighth in the last nine NCWTS races
  • Has three top-five and six top-10 finishes at speedways this season
  • Will be making his 24th NCWTS start and first ever at Las Vegas
  • The Ford F-150 that Cindric will use at Las Vegas is the same chassis that Tyler Reddick drove to victory at Las Vegas in 2016. Named J.J. after Good Times TV show character Jimmie “J.J.” Walker, the truck has finished 10th or better in all five starts since joining the BKR fleet, including four consecutive top fives.
  • Reddick’s average running position when he won at Las Vegas in 2016 was 2.22. He and BKR teammate Daniel Hemric finished 1-2 and combined to lead 108 of the event’s 146 laps
  • DID YOU KNOW? The first BKR driver to win a pole at Las Vegas was Ryan Blaney in 2014

Austin Cindric: “This is my first race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, so I have to lean on my crew chief Doug Randolph and the resources we have. BKR ran very well last year at Las Vegas and I’m hoping for similar results this weekend. The biggest variable for this race is the new tire. You’ve got to be able to adapt on the fly, so it’s good to be with an experienced team. I just need to get up to speed quickly and have a nice, solid night in our LTi Printing Ford F-150. This is a very important weekend for us. We had a solid day in New Hampshire. We need to execute well, have solid finishes, get stage points and stay out of trouble. That’s going to be crucial for us to move on to the Round of 6. I think we should have some speed and I’m hoping for a 1-2 finish like last year.”

No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150

  • Will be making his first start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, however, it will be his seventh start on a mile-and-a-half racetrack this year.
  • All three of Briscoe’s second-place finishes in 2017 have come at intermediate racetracks: Texas Motor Speedway, Gateway Motorsports Park and Chicagoland Speedway
  • Ranks seventh in the NCWTS series standings, three points behind the sixth-place cutoff
  • Will join the Las Vegas Golden Knights, the city’s first professional sports team, for hockey practice on Friday afternoon
  • The No. 29 team’s primary truck is “LT,” the same Ford F-150 they earned a second-place finish with at Chicagoland Speedway two weeks ago.
  • Second in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings
  • Leads all drivers in laps completed (2556 of 2560, 99.84 percent)

Chase Briscoe: “I’m really excited to get to Las Vegas and get back to how we’ve run all year. Intermediate tracks have been our best tracks all season, and BKR was obviously the team to beat last year in Las Vegas. I feel like we are taking even better trucks this year than the team brought last year when they earned the 1-2 finish. It’s really important to go there and get the win to take away a lot of stress for Talladega. Last week wasn’t how we wanted to kick off our playoffs, but all eight of us are so close in points that I have no doubt that we’ll be able to overcome it and get above the cut after Vegas; We just can’t make any mistakes and we can’t struggle like we did last week.”