Briscoe Flirts With Victory, Cindric Sidelined Early at Texas

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Brad Keselowski Racing Post-Race Report: Texas Motor Speedway I

No. 19 Bulldog Ford F-150

Austin Cindric’s night in the winstaronlinegaming.com 400 at Texas Motor Speedway ended much sooner than he would have liked.

Cindric was running eighth on lap 4 when his Bulldog Ford F-150 wiggled and broke loose between Turns 1 and 2, bouncing off the outside wall. The incident brought out the first caution of the 167-lap, 400-kilometer race and sent Cindric to the pits.

The No. 19 team quickly sprang into action, making a four-tire stop and repairing the wrinkled sheet metal on the right side of Cindric’s truck. He rejoined the field in time for the restart on lap 6. Two laps later, the second caution slowed the race and Cindric immediately pitted for more repairs.

But despite their herculean effort, the team was waging a battle it couldn’t win. Ultimately, the truck had damage that couldn’t be sufficiently repaired within the given time constraints. On lap 40, a significant vibration forced Cindric to the garage, ending his evening.  He was credited with a 25th-place finish in the final rundown.

Austin Cindric: “It’s really unfortunate to have such a short night. I think we had a really fast Bulldog Ford F-150, but I don’t think we adjusted enough for nighttime. In hindsight, I probably could have prevented some of that by letting a lot of the guys around me go. I tried the best I could to keep it off the wall.  I just needed about three times more racetrack to keep it off the fence (smiles). We were already in a bit of a hole in points, but we keep climbing up. We have two good events coming up for us at Gateway and Iowa. I think the best thing we can do is go get a few wins and solidify ourselves as a contender, because I know we are.  Sometimes you’ll have setbacks and tonight was one of them.”

Starting Position: 9th

Finishing Position: 25th

Status: Accident

Stage Wins: 0

Laps Led: 0

Driver Point Standings: 12th

Points Behind Final Playoff Position: 77

No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150

Chase Briscoe and the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150 team overcame both a crew chief suspension and a 12th-place starting position to earn a second-place finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. Briscoe was one of the fastest trucks on track throughout exciting 167-lap race and came within inches of his first victory in an exhilarating photo finish, claiming his best finish in seven NCWTS races and racking up his third top five.  He also took Sunoco Rookie of the Race honors for the second time this season and moved up to fourth place in the series championship standings.

After starting from the 12th position, Briscoe was scored sixth at the conclusion of the Stage 1. Reporting to interim crew chief Buddy Sisco that he just needed a tiny bit more security getting into Turn 1 and was “absolutely perfect” in Turns 3 and 4, Briscoe brought his Cooper Standard Ford F-150 to pit road for just two tires and fuel, restarting on the front row when the second segment began on lap 48. He led one lap before settling into second, where he remained until the end of the entirely-green second stage.

At the end of the stage, Briscoe radioed his crew that his truck was a little tight at the beginning of the run but was “really, really good” at the end, prompting Sisco to call for four tires and fuel without any handling adjustments. The No. 29 Cooper Standard machine restarted third but was the first truck with four fresh tires when the final stage began on lap 87. After 10 laps of side-by-side racing, Briscoe returned to second place once again. When the fifth yellow flag waved on lap 120, Briscoe relayed to his team that his Ford F-150 was a little tight behind the leader, but that he was confident that he would be really good in clean air.

Moments later, Briscoe made his final stop of the night. Armed with four fresh tires and fuel, he took second position following the restart on lap 125. Briscoe closely contested Christopher Bell for the lead before finally capturing the top spot on lap 160, just one lap before the ninth caution flag set up a green/white/checkered finish. Taking the green flag from lead, Briscoe and Bell battled side-by-side, with Briscoe seemingly on his way to his first Truck Series win. Unfortunately, before the race could reach its scheduled conclusion, a wild crash brought out the yellow flag on the final lap, with Bell in the lead by mere inches when the caution lights illuminated. The race officially concluded under yellow, with Briscoe scored in second place.

Chase Briscoe: “I think that was as close as we could have gotten to winning and not be standing in Victory Lane. I honestly didn’t know if we had the win or not when the yellow came out, it was that close. It was really fun racing with Christopher Bell. He’s one of my best friends, so it was fun to put on a show with him. Not getting the win tonight is disappointing, but we can’t be disappointed in how our Cooper Standard Ford F-150 ran tonight. We’ve been in the top three at some point in every race this year, and to be able to come here without our regular crew chief and pit crew members and still be competing for the win is something we can hold our heads up about. Now we just need to be so far ahead at the end of the next race that there’s no questioning whether we are the winner.”

Starting Position: 12th

Finishing Position: 2nd

Status: Running

Stage Wins: 0

Laps Led: 7

Driver Point Standings: 4th

Points Behind Leader: 81