BKR Duo Rides Momentum Into Chicagoland

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Brad Keselowski Racing Racing NCWTS Preview: Chicagoland Speedway

Keys to the Race:

  • Challenge for drivers at Chicagoland is that you’re never going straight
  • Bottom lane is the fast way around the track
  • Drivers must complete the pass when they have momentum
  • Track conditions are constantly changing
  • Crew chief must find a setup where the driver can use the most throttle possible
  • Worn surface means more places to pass

No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford F-150

  • Victory at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park was Austin Cindric’s first in 21 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races and the second for Brad Keselowski Racing at the 2.459-mile road course
  • Led a race-high 32 of 64 laps at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park – second time this season a BKR driver has led the most laps
  • Finished with an overall driver rating of 149.2 of a possible 150. Driver rating is a formula that combines finishing position, average running position, laps led and lead-lap finish.
  • Win was the 10th overall for Brad Keselowski Racing – the team’s sixth-consecutive season with at least one NCWTS victory
  • Has reeled off seven-consecutive top-10 finishes
  • Won his first 21 Means 21 Pole Award, ripping off a track record lap of 78.602 seconds, 112.623 mph
  • Pole was the third for BKR in the last four races at Canadian Tire Motorsport and third for the team in 2017
  • Driver of the No. 19 Draw-Tite/Reese Brands Ford F-150 will be making his 22nd NCWTS start and first and Chicagoland
  • Currently seeded fifth in the NCWTS Playoffs
  • BKR drivers have racked up eight top-10 finishes in 11 starts at Chicagoland Speedway (average finish is 7.63)

Austin Cindric: “Our main goal at Chicagoland is to end the regular season strong. The best thing we can do is try to get stage wins and race wins to better set ourselves up for the playoffs. The Draw-Tite Ford F-150 that we’re bringing is really strong on the bumpy, low-grip big tracks. Our No. 19 team has been getting hot at the right time and things are starting to click for us. We just need to continue to carry that momentum and execute what we can control. Our guys are excited to get back to Chicagoland because BKR ran really well there last year.”

No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150

  • Made his Chicagoland Speedway debut in the ARCA Racing Series in 2016, earning a front-row start and leading 86 laps before taking the checkered flag for his fifth win of the season. This will be Briscoe’s first attempt at the track in the NCWTS
  • Will be in the broadcast booth for Thursday’s ARCA race, joining Phil Parsons and Kevin Lee. The Scott 150 will air at 8:00 PM ET on FS1
  • Briscoe visited the Cooper Standard plant in Auburn, Indiana last week where he participated in a STEM event with more than 130 local seventh graders as part of a Chicagoland race advance
  • Briscoe’s seventh-place finish at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park locked him into the first round of the NCWTS Playoffs
  • Currently second in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings, just one point behind leader Grant Enfinger
  • Sits fourth in the NCWTS point standings, just one point behind Matt Crafton
  • Leads all rookies in laps led (109), average running position (8.244), and driver rating (98.9). Leads all drivers in laps completed (2231 of 2235, 99.82 percent)
  • Will carry the Ford on-board camera at Chicagoland Speedway

Chase Briscoe: “I’m really excited to get back to Chicagoland because it is, for sure, one of my favorite mile-and-a-half racetracks. It’s pretty rough and you can move up to the top and search all over the racetrack. Chicagoland is one of the closer tracks to my hometown, and it seems like we get a lot of awesome fans in that area. It is nice to be able to go there this weekend having already clinched a spot in the playoffs and not having that added pressure. But there is still a lot to race for because we want to improve our regular season position, earn some playoff points with a win, and lock our Cooper Standard Ford F-150 into the owner’s playoffs.”