Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Post-Race Report

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19_Reese

Driver:

Alex Tagliani

Starting Position:

1

Finishing Position:

16

Status:

Running

Owner Points Position:

9

Alex Tagliani (@tagliani), driver of the No. 19 Reese Towpower Ford F-150 won the pole for the Chevrolet Silverado 250 Saturday afternoon at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada).

Tagliani grabbed the top starting spot in his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series attempt race and made it look easy.  His best lap in the final session (80.558 seconds, 109.889 mph) was .433 seconds better than the second place starter.  The pole was the second for Brad Keselowski Racing in the last three NCWTS events.

Unfortunately, mechanical gremlins zapped Tagliani in the race.  Alex led the first seven laps of the race but began to experience throttle problems just before his first scheduled pit stop under green on lap 8.  Despite this issue, he scrambled his way back to fourth place when he made his final green flag stop on lap 38 and was poised to finish inside the top five when he spun in Turn 5 on lap 53, bringing out the second and final caution of the race.  Tagliani would recover and post a 16th place finish.

Alex Tagliani – No. 19 Reese Towpower Ford F-150: “The Reese Towpower Ford F-150 was fast from the get-go and we used the second practice to get the truck ready for the race.  We did some longer runs and we didn’t focus on qualifying very much.  The guys were happy and we parked it before the session was over. Qualifying went pretty good.  I was a bit apprehensive about how fast this truck would go in qualifying trim.  I’m impressed with how much grip these trucks have.  Winning a pole with Brad Keselowski Racing, you couldn’t ask for anything more, especially on Canadian soil.”

Doug Randolph – Crew Chief, No. 19 Reese Towpower Ford F-150: “We did our first stop and had a terrible pit stop and about that same time the throttle started hanging.  I’ll give Tagliani credit, that’s something that’s not comfortable for any driver and he figured out a way to manage it.  As long as he didn’t have to race people he was still running the fastest lap times out there and it didn’t take very long to figure that out.  He dealt with it the entire race.  We never really got a caution early in the race to be able to get that fixed.  We got a great win with our teammate but we definitely see some things that we need to go to work on to make ourselves better.”

29_Cooper

Driver:

Ryan Blaney

Starting Position:

14

Finishing Position:

1

Status:

Running

Driver Points Position:

3

Ryan Blaney (@RyanBlaney22), driver of the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150 scored his first victory of the 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season in a thrilling finish in Sunday’s Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada).

Blaney made a crossover move around German Quiroga off Turn 10 and beat his rival to the finish line by just a few feet (officially measured at a scant .049 seconds). The victory was Ryan’s third in 45 NCWTS races and his first in two starts at the 2.5 mile road course. The win also gave Brad Keselowski Racing back to back victories for the first time in team history! Blaney gained precious ground in the series championship standings, moving up to third place and closing to within 13 points of the leader.

After starting 14th in the race, Crew Chief Chad Kendrick chose a pit strategy that called for just one stop in the 64 lap race. As other teams began to employ a variety of strategies, Blaney stayed the course. He took the lead during a cycle of green flag stops on lap 17 and held the top spot until he made his scheduled stop under green on lap 30. He returned to the track in 12th position but steadily began to work his way back to the front. Blaney cycled into the lead on lap 44 when his competitors began to visit pit lane for their final stop.

The second and final caution of the race slowed the pace on lap 55, setting up an eight lap dash to the finish. Blaney and Quiroga quickly pulled away from the field. On the final lap, Quiroga slipped ahead of Blaney in Turn 8 but Ryan passed his rival off Turn 10 and beat him to the checkered flag.

Ryan Blaney – No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150: “A win for this Cooper Standard team just motivates our guys so much. That was a ton of fun racing with German. We raced really, really hard and really clean and that’s how racing should be. When we braked into Turn 8 I wheel hopped a little bit and got loose and thought I gave it away there. I was committed to the crossover and luckily we have enough drive out of that last corner to just nose by him there at the line. We only pitted once so we were close on fuel. Chad did a great job of calculating it right and getting us out front when we didn’t qualify very good. He made a great call and had great strategy.”

Chad Kendrick – Crew Chief, No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150: “To make the call that I made you’ve got to have a driver like Ryan. You can’t make that call with a guy who can’t win the race. This is what our Cooper Standard team needed. We’ve been so close this year and just hadn’t broken through. I’ve been saying all along if this team could just get a win, we can rattle off three or four in a row and that’s our plan.”