No. 19 Race Recap:
Race day for Tyler Reddick at Texas Motor Speedway had more twists and turns than a daytime soap opera. The young driver overcame a variety of misfortunes to score an 11th place finish in Friday night’s WinStar World Casino 400. Reddick (@TylerReddick) remains second in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings, now 25 points behind the leader.
The adventures for Reddick began when he made a first scheduled green flag pit stop on lap 73 while running fourth. He was zapped by a penalty for driving through more than three pit boxes leaving his pit stall. Tyler served his penalty on lap 83 when the third caution of the race occurred – a fortunate turn of events that kept Reddick from losing more ground. Tyler pitted on lap 84 for a fuel-only stop and restarted eighth when the race went green on lap 86.
Reddick was fourth when he made his second stop under green on lap 127 for four tires and adjustments but misfortune struck again. He was too fast exiting the pit lane and served a pass through penalty on lap 130 – a sequence that left Reddick in 11thposition.
His troubles continued on lap 134 when he radioed his crew that something didn’t feel right. He made an unscheduled stop under green on lap 137 for a loose wheel which dropped him two laps down. The fourth caution of the race on lap 153 gave Reddick the opportunity to use the wave around to make up a lap and contend for the free pass back to the lead lap.
The final caution of the race appeared to be a huge break for Tyler. He received the free pass back onto the lead lap and pitted on lap 163 for four tires. But the truck stalled as Reddick was leaving his pit and required a push from a safety vehicle to restart, dropping him a lap down and into 13th for the final dash to the checkered flag. He picked up two positions in the closing laps to claim an 11th place finish.
Doug Randolph – Crew Chief, No. 19 Bulldog Ford F-150: “It was just a very frustrating day overall for the Bulldog team. It started off on the wrong foot in qualifying and built up from there. When you’re running for a championship everybody makes mistakes and things go wrong and it’s how you deal with those mistakes and recover from them that counts in the end. We had a lot of mistakes and at times we recovered from them pretty well but we had too many for us to get the finish that we deserved.”
No. 29 Race Recap:
Austin Theriault drove with the poise of a veteran to score a fifth place finish in the WinStar World Casino 400 Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway. Theriault (@AustinTheriault) grabbed his second top five finish in three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts and claimed Sunoco Rookie of the Race honors for first time this season.
He started sixth and was running eighth when he made his first pit stop for four tires and adjustments under the first caution on lap 21. Austin restarted 10th when the race went green on lap 24. Theriault briefly slipped outside the top 10 on lap 26 but returned to 10th place by lap 55. He continued to climb up the leaderboard and was eighth when he made a scheduled green flag stop on lap 74 for four tires and a round of adjustments and was again scored in 10th after the green flag pit sequence.
The third caution of the race slowed the pace on lap 83 and Theriault restarted seventh when the race went green on lap 86. Austin fell in line ninth after the restart and did a nice job during the run despite a loose handling truck. Theriault was eighth when he made his second green flag stop on lap 124 for four tires and a round of adjustments and cycled out 10th when the stops were complete on lap 132.
After the green flag stop, Theriault ran his fastest lap times of the race, equal to the leaders, and wasted no time working his way through the field. He was eighth by lap 133 and three laps later picked off seventh position. He was up to sixth when the fourth caution slowed the race on lap 147. Theriault made a four tire stop on lap 150 and lined up seventh when the race went green on lap 153.
The fifth and final caution waved on lap 162. Theriault lined up sixth for the final two lap dash to the finish on lap 165. Over the final two laps Theriault raced wheel to wheel with veteran driver Joe Nemechek for fifth place, edging his rival by half a truck length at the checkered flag.
Austin Theriault – No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150: “The Cooper Standard Ford F-150 was really fast. It was really fun racing in the top five there at the end. Joe Nemechek was on my left rear and we got really tight out of Turn 2 on the last lap but you’ve got to hold on. Confidence is huge at these mile-and-a-halfs. We struggled a little bit in practice on Thursday but we leaned on our teammates and that was a big help. I’m really proud of the effort by everyone at Brad Keselowski Racing.”
Chad Kendrick – Crew Chief, No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford
F-150: “Austin did a great job. He got a top five in his first start at Texas and you can’t ask for much more than that. He learned a ton. You could see the progression from the start of the race to the end and how much better he got. I think he had more competitive passes during the race than anyone else. We struggled on pit road and could not get a smooth pit stop put together so we are grateful for this finish.”
Doug Randolph did an interview with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on June 1 for a Tyler Reddick feature story that ran June 2.
Reddick also did a live interview June 1 with Sirius Speedway hosted by Dave Moody and airing on SIRIUS XM NASCAR Channel 90.
Reddick did a live interview with MRN Motorsports Monday that aired June 1 on Motor Racing Network.
Austin Theriault did a podcast interview June 4 for Motor Racing Network’s website www.mrn.com.
Michael Waltrip with Fox Sports 1 did a live interview with Tyler Reddick during the pace laps before the start of the race.
Reddick did live pre-race interviews with Fox Sports 1 and Motor Racing Network.
Theriault did live post-race interviews with Fox Sports 1 and Motor Racing Network.
Randolph did a live interview with Motor Racing Network during the network’s race broadcast.