No. 19 Recap:
An off track excursion late in the Chevrolet Silverado 250 derailed Tyler Reddick’s chances for a good finish Sunday afternoon at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada).
The disappointing turn of events in the closing laps of the race should not taint Reddick’s overall performance. The young driver entered the event with zero road course experience and did an admirable job during practice, qualifying and the race. Reddick (@TylerReddick) posted the fastest speed during the opening round of time trials in the Stoney Creek Records Ford F-150, edging BKR teammate Alex Tagliani. He nailed down the fourth starting position in the second and final session.
When the race started, Tyler settled into sixth position after the initial start and stayed there until he made his first pit stop of the day for fuel only on lap 6.
Reddick was running eighth when he made a scheduled green flag stop for four tires and a tank of fuel on lap 35. When the pit stop cycle was complete he was 10th on lap 43.
On lap 45 the third caution slowed the race and one lap later crew chief Doug Randolph called Reddick to the pit lane for four tires and fuel. The move was designed to arm the young driver with fresh tires for the stretch run to the finish. Tyler restarted 16thwhen the race went green on lap 47 of the 64 lap race. He went to work picking his way through traffic and moved up to 10th by lap 56.
As the event entered its closing stages, Reddick was racing for position just outside the top 10. With three laps to go, he tangled with another truck in Turn 8 bringing out the fifth and final caution. Tyler was able to drive back to the pit lane where the team hastily made cosmetic repairs. Reddick lost two laps in the process and was credited with a 19th place finish in the final rundown. He is third in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings, 15 points behind the leader.
Tyler Reddick – No. 19 Stoney Creek Records Ford F-150: ON THE LATE RACE INCIDENT: “I didn’t get through Turn 5 very well and coming off that corner down the long backstretch I actually hooked up to his rear bumper. We were kind of hooked together going down the back straightaway into Turn 8, that real fast, flat right hander. I just had too much speed going into that corner. Ultimately my mistake ended up costing both of us a decent finish. We were going really fast and I just didn’t brake in time. I’ve just got to run more road races and get more comfortable with this style of racing.”
Doug Randolph – Crew Chief, No. 19 Stoney Creek Records Ford F-150: “Tyler did a great job all weekend. It’s not the finish we all wanted but the point deficit isn’t insurmountable. We’ll just have to go back to racing and beat the guys heads up. The first run it looked like we used up our tires pretty quick compared to the rest of the guys so that’s why we pitted later in the race.”
No. 29 Recap:
Alex Tagliani (@Tagliani) won the pole, led laps and scored a fifth place finish in Chevrolet Silverado 250 Sunday afternoon at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada).
But forgive the driver of the Cooper Standard Ford F-150 if he felt a twinge of disappointment after the race.
Alex showed speed all weekend, beginning with the first practice on Saturday morning where he led the session by a whopping.693 seconds. He backed up that strong run during qualifying later that afternoon, winning the pole position with a record lap of 80.084 seconds, 110.539 mph – bettering the mark he set in 2014.
Tagliani led the first six laps of the race until he made a scheduled fuel only pit stop on lap 7. He returned to the track ninth in the running order but climbed up to third when the first caution slowed the race on lap 15. He restarted second when the race went green on lap 16. He briefly fell back to fourth but steadily worked his way to the front of the pack, re-taking the lead on lap 27.
He was running second when he made his scheduled green flag stop for four tires and fuel on lap 35. Once the cycle of pit stops was complete by lap 40, Tagliani was fifth.
From there Tagliani stayed in the top five for the remainder of the 64 lap race. On lap 48 he was up to third and on lap 54 he picked off second place. He was in hot pursuit of leader Erik Jones when the fifth and final caution slowed the race on lap 61, setting up a green-white-checkered dash to the finish.
Jones led the field to Turn 1 but couldn’t shake Tagliani, who stayed glued to his competitor’s tailgate. Alex was running second on the final lap of the race and was in position to challenge for the win when he lost third gear, ending his chances for a possible victory. The world-class road racer quickly recovered and was able to finish fifth, his best effort in two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts.
Alex Tagliani – No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150: “The Cooper Standard team did a really good job all weekend. You push for the win but you have to try to race as clean as you can. I think I had a shot in Turn 5B. I wanted to put my nose in there but he shut the door and I didn’t want to spin him. I think I was going to try something else in the last three corners. Third gear broke on the back straightaway on the last lap so fifth is not too shabby.”
Chad Kendrick – Crew Chief, No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150: “The main thing is that Alex helped to make our road course program at BKR better this weekend. It was a little disappointing to finish fifth with the Cooper Standard Ford F-150 but we’ll use our notes to make our program better for next year. I think Alex would have made a late charge getting into Turn 8 and at least make the 4 (Jones) earn it but it wasn’t meant to be.”
Tyler Reddick taped an interview Aug. 25 with Fox Sports 1 for the network’s Race Hub show that aired Aug. 26 as part of a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series special edition of show.
Reddick did pre-race interviews with Fox Sports 1 for the network’s Setup show and with Motor Racing Network.
Alex Tagliani did live pre-race interviews with Fox Sports 1 for the network’s Setup show and with Motor Racing Network.
Immediately following the race, Tagliani did live interviews with Fox Sports 1 and Motor Racing Network plus participated in a press conference inside the track’s media center.
Alex did one-on-one interviews trackside with both major Toronto newspapers during the race weekend: the Toronto Star Aug. 28 and the Toronto Sun on Aug. 29.
Crew chief Chad Kendrick did a live interview with Motor Racing Network during the network’s race broadcast.
Tagliani did an interview Aug. 25 on Sirius Speedway with host Dave Moody on SiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90.
Kendrick did a live call-in interview Aug. 23 with The Front Stretch hosted by Pat Patterson and Jerry Bonkowski on SiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90.
Tyler also did an interview Aug. 30 with reporter Ashley McCubbin for the Popular Speed.com website.