BKR Edging Toward First Win of 2017, Looks to Build on Past Iowa Success

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Brad Keselowski Racing NCWTS Preview: Iowa Speedway

Keys to the Race:

  • Short track that races like a mile-and-a-half: aero > mechanical
  • Entry into Turns 1 and 2 is important – avoid the bump
  • Important to get off Turn 4 well and down the front straightaway
  • Harder compound tire opens the door for different pit strategy
  • Teams must pick and choose what compromises to make on their setups to be good in both ends of the track   

No. 19 PIRTEK Ford F-150

  • Driver of the PIRTEK Ford F-150 will be making his 15th NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start and first ever at Iowa Speedway
  • Sits 12th in the NCWTS championship standings
  • Participated in a test session at Iowa Speedway April 17-18
  • Made stock car debut in the 2015 ARCA Series race at Iowa – finished fourth after leading 29 laps
  • DID YOU KNOW? Ryan Blaney won the 2012 American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway, his first NCWTS victory and the first series win for BKR
  • Ross Chastain was the first BKR driver to win a pole position at Iowa when he captured the top starting position for the 2013 fall event
  • BKR drivers have racked up eight top 10s in 14 races at Iowa and completed 99.71 percent of total possible laps (2,816 of 2,824)

Austin Cindric: “The first time I was in a stock car race was Iowa. It was in 2015 in an ARCA car. We led some laps and were a contender to win and finished in the top five. Our test there earlier this year was really encouraging. We tried a lot of things and it was good to just get a ton of laps with the PIRTEK Ford F-150. Everyone is going to be running the bottom for qualifying, that’s without a doubt. If there’s enough rubber down, you might see the second lane come up in Turns 3 and 4, and maybe a third or fourth lane in 1 and 2. Either way, I still feel like the bottom is going to be the most populated part of the racetrack.”

No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150

  • Will be making his first NCWTS start at Iowa
  • Won last year’s ARCA Racing Series event in his one and only start at the 0.875-mile speedway
  • DID YOU KNOW? Briscoe has ARCA experience at four of the next five tracks on the NCWTS schedule (Iowa, Kentucky Speedway, Pocono Raceway, Michigan International Speedway)
  • Driver of the Cooper Standard Ford F-150 won his second-career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series pole last week at Gateway Motorsports Park with a lap of 32.888 seconds – a new track record.  The pole was his second in eight NCWTS starts and the 15th for Brad Keselowski Racing.
  • Led 88 laps and earned his second-consecutive second-place finish at Gateway – his average finish in the last five races is 6.40
  • Tied for the lead in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings
  • Fourth in the NCWTS championship standings
  • Summer Heat:  Last year in ARCA, Briscoe kicked off a four-race winning streak at Winchester Speedway on June 26th. He didn’t finish outside the top five until September

Chase Briscoe: “I’m really looking forward to this weekend’s race at Iowa Speedway. It’s my favorite track that I ran last year in ARCA, and with all of our momentum from the past few races, I can’t wait to strap back into our truck. Hopefully the top groove will come in for us and we can get up by the fence, but time will tell. I know I’m ready to finally pull into Victory Lane with this awesome Cooper Standard team, and hopefully this weekend will be our weekend.”