Brad Keselowski Racing Charlotte Post-Race Report

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Brad Keselowski Racing Charlotte Post-Race Report

No. 19 Recap:

 

The thin line of yellow paint on the right side of Tyler Reddick’s Broken Bow Records Ford F-150 following Friday night’s North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway looked like a mere blemish.

 

Looks can be deceiving.

 

Reddick’s (@TylerReddick) contact with the outside SAFER barrier early in the race changed the aerodynamic characteristics of his Ford F-150.  Despite having his hands full with a tight handling truck, Reddick ran inside the top five throughout the race and entered the closing stages of the event with an outside chance to win.

 

Tyler qualified seventh and jumped up to fourth by lap 6 and ran there until the first caution of the race came out on lap 21.  He pitted on lap 22 for four tires and adjustments and restarted third when the race went green on lap 25.

 

Reddick settled in line fourth by lap 32 and the truck returned to a tight handling condition by the time the second caution slowed the race on lap 64.  He pitted for four tires and adjustments on lap 65 and restarted fourth on lap 69.

 

He quickly moved up to third place then settled back into fourth by lap 82 as his truck once again struggled to turn.  By lap 96 Reddick’s truck started to loosen up and he was running fourth when the third yellow flag waved on lap 106, the first of three cautions over the final 33 laps.  One lap later he pitted for four tires and adjustments and, thanks to speedy service on the pit lane, he restarted second.  Tyler had a clean restart and settled into third place.

 

The fourth caution came out on lap 116 and Reddick survived the ensuing restart on lap 122 to maintain third place.  He was running third when the final caution of the race waved on lap 134, pushing the race to a green-white-checkered finish.  Tyler lined up third for the dash to the finish, but couldn’t turn as well as he wished entering Turn 1 on the final lap, leaving the bottom lane open and shuffling him back to fourth place at the checkered flag.

 

Reddick scored his fourth top five in five races this season and is third in the series championship standings, 18 points behind the leader.

 

Tyler Reddick – No. 19 Broken Bow Records Ford F-150: ”We had a really fast Broken Bow Records Ford F-150.  I got in the wall really early, 10 laps into the race, and lost a lot of side force that is needed in these trucks.  We were just tight after being pretty neutral right at the beginning of the race and it just hurt us.  I was hoping we were going to run out the end there and finish third.  I had a shot there going into Turn 1 on the last lap and there was just no air to be had.  The front end wasn’t down and it didn’t want to turn so I left the door open for (Matt) Crafton and we came home fourth.”

 

Doug Randolph – Crew Chief, No. 19 Broken Bow Records Ford F-150:  “Tyler did a great job and overall it was a great night for the whole Broken Bow Records Ford F-150 team.  It’s tough when you have to do all those restarts at the end of the race on the bottom because you’re sort of a sitting duck.  He had to give up a spot or two and he just drove right back around those guys.  We had a shot on the last lap to maybe make a move if the leaders made mistakes but it just didn’t work out.  In a way I wish it had stayed green and we’d have finished third because I felt like that’s what we deserved.”

 

No. 29 Recap:

 

The box score following Friday night’s North Carolina Education Lottery 200 lists Brad Keselowski starting fourth and finishing fifth.

 

But Keselowski’s (@keselowski) night at Charlotte Motor Speedway was a bit more hectic than what those numbers indicate.  Three times he came from deep in the field with his final rally landing him a fifth place finish.

 

The driver of the Cooper Standard Careers For Veterans Ford F-150 qualified fourth but started on the front row when the top two starters were penalized and sent to the rear of the field.  Keselowski led the first four laps before settling into second place, but his truck was considerably loose by the time the first caution slowed the race on lap 21.  He pitted for four tires and major adjustments one lap later.

 

Keselowski restarted 21st when the race went green on lap 25 and climbed to 10th place by lap 39.  He moved up to eighth when the second yellow came out on lap 64.  Keselowski pitted on lap 65 for four tires and adjustments and lined up 12th when the race went green on lap 69.

 

Once again Keselowski went to work slicing his way through traffic.  He climbed back to 10th place by lap 71 and was seventh by lap 88.  His truck was loose on entry by the 100 lap mark, but the third caution on lap 106 gave he and crew chief Chad Kendrick an opportunity to pit for four tires and more adjustments.  Brad restarted 11th when the green flag waved on lap 109.

 

Over the final 30 laps of the 139 lap race the team’s hard work began to pay off.  Once again Keselowski efficiently worked his way through traffic, climbing up to 10th by lap 113, and using a restart following the fourth caution on lap 116 to move up to seventh position by lap 123.  He had marched up to fifth place by the time the final caution waved on lap 134 setting up a green-white-checkered flag finish.
Keselowski survived the final restart and two lap dash to finish fifth, his third top five in six NCWTS starts at Charlotte.

Brad Keselowski – No. 29 Cooper Standard Careers For Veterans Ford F-150: “All in all it was a decent day.  Not the one we wanted for Team BKR and the Cooper Standard Careers For Veterans Ford F-150, but something to be proud of and move on from.  We just weren’t where we needed to be at the start of the race.  The guys worked on it and got it better at the end but we just kind of ran out of laps.  It took off at the end and I thought I might have had a shot at it.  I just needed some more laps to get a shot to run with Kasey (Kahne) and Erik Jones.  It looked like they put on a heck of a show and I would have liked to have been up there and seen if we could have got a win.”

 

Chad Kendrick – Crew Chief, No. 29 Cooper Standard Careers For Veterans Ford F-150:  “We led some laps but just missed the setup on our Cooper Standard Careers For Veterans Ford F-150.  Pit stops were a challenge. We were trying something with our setup that really keeps the nose pinned and the tire just doesn’t want to come out. We will get it better and not have that issue again.  We were asking a lot out of Brad every time we’d come down pit road.  He stayed patient and did an awesome job.”

 

Media Recap:

 

Brad Keselowski did a sit-down interview May 14 with reporter Jim Utter of The Charlotte Observer.

Tyler Reddick did two live interviews with Fox Sports 1 during the network’s coverage of practice on May 14.

 

Reddick also did an interview with Fox Sports 1 as a preview for the upcoming race at Dover (Del.) International Speedway.

 

Reddick did an interview May 15 for Bristol Motor Speedway to promote the August race.

 

Keselowski did an in-truck interview with Phil Parsons for Fox Sports 1 moments before the start of the race plus a grid interview withMotor Racing Network and did live post-race interviews with both media outlets.

 

Reddick did post-race media interviews with Fox Sports 1Motor Racing Network, and Frontstretch.com.