Ross Chastain (@RossChastain), driver of the No. 19 Reese Towpower PartSouce Ford F-150, made his eighth start for Brad Keselowski Racing (BKR) Sunday afternoon at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in the Series’ inaugural debut at the historic track. Chastain qualified his Ford F-150 in the 18th position on Saturday evening.
The No. 19 Reese Towpower PartSource team turned to pit strategy early in the race to gain track position. Crew chief, Chad Kendrick brought Chastain to pit road on lap six for fuel only, as the first caution of the race fell. This was just the type of script Kendrick wanted to see as his Reese Towpower team had made up significant track position by lap seven.
Chastain moved up to the fifth position by lap 25 and maintained a top five until the caution came out on lap 33 for a spin. Kendrick brought the No. 19 Reese Towpower PartSource machine to pit road for tires and fuel after the driver had been commenting on the lack of forward drive.
When the caution came out again on lap 44, Chastain decided to stay out and retain track position. He restarted in the third position on lap 48.
With 10 to go, Chastain was still lurking on the outside of the top five, but the wear on his tires forced him to pit under caution with less than eight laps to go. Kendrick loaded him up with fresh Goodyear tires which resulted in the 14th spot on the restart with five to go. As the field wrecked in front of the No. 19 BKR machine, Chastain was able to drive through the chaos and place seventh in a very respectable performance during his first ever professional road course race.
The No. 19 BKR team now sits fourth in the NCWTS owner points standings, 62 points back from first.
“I am very proud of my Reese Towpower PartSource team for fighting hard all day long. That was a blast and I am very happy with the finish we had today. The track was a blast to drive and I hope we are able to make a comeback here next season. Looking ahead to Iowa, this team will be ready to have another solid performance next weekend.” – Ross Chastain
Ryan Blaney (@RyanBlaney22), driver of the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150, made his first career start on a road course in a NASCAR event at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race on Sunday. Blaney qualified his Cooper Standard machine on the outside of the front row on Saturday evening.
Blaney got off to a solid start staying inside of the top three before pitting early on lap six for fuel. The pit stop was flawless, and the break the No. 29 team received with the first caution coming out while Blaney was still on pit road, could not have come at a better time.
When the field went back to green on lap nine, Blaney was listed in the 10th position. By lap 24, Blaney had moved into the first position, holding it until he came to pit road on lap 26. Blaney had reported a significant vibration prior to the stop, so crew chief Doug Randolph brought the No. 29 machine in for fuel and four fresh tires.
Knowing the No. 29 team would have to pit again before the conclusion of the race, crew chief Doug Randolph encourage Blaney to go out and run solid consistent laps and the team would do its best to position him for a shot at victory.
Unfortunately, for Blaney, the suspension issue only aggravated as the day continued and on lap 62 it officially came undone and broke, preventing him from turning the wheel right. As Blaney came around the final turn and approached the checkered flag on the final lap, it was all he could do to avoid the mayhem in front of him, with multiple Trucks wrecking, and cross the finish line 16th during a very frustrating race for the Cooper Standard BKR driver.
The No. 29 BKR team currently sits seventh in the NCWTS driver points standings, 82 points back from first.
“It was one of those days that could have been so great, but due to a suspension issue it prevented us from possibly going to victory lane. We will have to buckle down to fix the issue and focus on what’s ahead of us. Iowa is a track that I love and have had previous success on, so that will certainly be top of mind for me as I prepare for next Sunday.” – Ryan Blaney