No. 19 Recap:
Tyler Reddick (@TylerReddick) certainly won’t forget his Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway debut – and for all the right reasons.
The driver of the Draw-Tite Ford F-150 scored an eighth place finish in the UNOH 200 and retained the lead in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings by six points.
Tyler’s 12th top 10 finish of the 2015 season was the result of driving a smart and steady race. Although he started in 19thposition, he successfully made his way through the heavy traffic during the early stages of the race.
He pitted for four tires and fuel on lap 33 and restarted 17th when the race went back green on lap 38. Reddick was 14th when he made his second stop of the night on lap 81 under the second caution of the race and lined up 11th for the restart on lap 89.
Reddick did a nice job during this run, climbing up to 10th by lap 113. He was 12th when the race was slowed by the fourth caution of the race for an accident on lap 161. Just a few minutes later the race was halted for rain – a delay that lasted 45 minutes – but NASCAR officials were able to dry the track and went back green on lap 175.
As the event entered its closing stages, Reddick found himself racing for a top 10 finish. He was ninth by lap 177 and climbed up to eighth on lap 188. He was running 10th when the fifth and final caution slowed the race on lap 197, pushing the race into a green-white-checkered finish.
The final restart was good to Reddick. He picked off two positions over the last two laps to score an eighth place finish – his 12th top 10 in 14 races this season.
Tyler Reddick – No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford
F-150: “The biggest thing for our Draw-Tite Ford F-150 was that we were just really tight so whenever we would go to the bottom I couldn’t really charge the corner and get up in front of anybody. That just made it difficult for us. We got it as free as we needed to by the end of the race. I thought it would be easier to pass.”
Doug Randolph – Crew Chief, No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford
F-150: “Bristol is a very difficult place to pass. It’s easy for a driver to get frustrated and make a mistake that takes you out of contention. Tyler did a good job of picking where to make his passes here and there. The Draw-Tite pit crew did a good job. We had a little bit different strategy with where we were track position wise but everybody did their job and we picked ‘em off one at a time.”
No. 29 Recap:
Ryan Blaney (@Blaney) rallied from a lap down to win the UNOH 200 Wednesday night at Bristol Motor Speedway.
The victory was Blaney’s fourth in 57 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races and the fourth for Brad Keselowski Racing in 2015.
Ryan was leading the race on the restart following the first caution on lap 38 when he was penalized for jumping the start. Blaney served his pass through penalty under the green flag. The costly sequence of events left him 21st, one lap down to the leaders.
Blaney didn’t give up. He hustled his way back onto the lead lap thanks to the second caution of the race on lap 81. Two laps later he pitted for four tires and restarted 19th on lap 89.
He was up to 14th when the third caution gave him the opportunity to pit on lap 116 for four tires and adjustments. Blaney restarted 18th on lap 119 and moved inside the top 10 by lap 143.
He was sixth when the race was slowed by the fourth caution for an accident on lap 161. A few minutes later the race was halted by a 45 minute rain delay. The race restarted on lap 175 and from there the charge was on. Ryan restarted sixth and one lap later he was fifth. Blaney moved up to fourth by lap 183, third by lap 187 and was second on lap 194 – just six laps from the end of the race.
On lap 197 the fifth and final caution of the race set up a green-white-checkered dash to the finish. Blaney started inside of race leader Matt Crafton. He used a terrific restart to take the lead in dramatic fashion entering Turn 1 on lap 200 and never looked back, crossing the finish line .512 seconds ahead of his nearest rival.
Ryan Blaney – No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150: “It’s really special to get Cooper Standard and Ford back to victory lane with this 29 team. This is my last start of the year with this truck and to get a win really means a lot. To win in that fashion, to come from a lap down, and drive through the field like that says a lot about the race team and about BKR as an organization and what we can do.”
Chad Kendrick – Crew Chief, No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150: “After the penalty, I told Ryan on the radio not to worry about it, that it’s done and we’re going to come back. We took the opportunity to make a small adjustment and put fresher tires on and Ryan did the rest. I got to sit back and watch it. It was pretty amazing. The Cooper Standard Ford F-150 was really strong.”
Tyler Reddick and Ryan Blaney were in-studio guests on NASCAR Live hosted by Eli Gold on the Motor Racing Network from Bristol Motor Speedway on Aug. 18.
Reddick did an interview Aug. 17 with The Bristol Herald Courier. The feature story ran Aug. 18 on the paper’s website.
Tyler did a live pre-race interview with Fox Sports 1 for the network’s Setup show.
Following his victory Wednesday night, Ryan Blaney did live interviews with Fox Sports 1 and Motor Racing Network from victory lane. Team owner Brad Keselowski, Blaney and crew chief Chad Kendrick also participated in the winner’s post-race press conference. Blaney and Keselowski also did an extended live interview segment with Dialed In host Claire B. Lang on SiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90.