Brad Keselowski Racing Charlotte Motor Speedway Post-Race Report
No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford F-150
Daniel Hemric (@DanielHemric) led his first laps of the 2016 season en route to a top-10 finish in the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race (NCWTS) at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.
Hemric ran inside the top five for a majority of the day, leading 15 laps in front of a hometown crowd before crossing the finish line in the ninth position. He is third in the series championship standings, 17 points behind the leader.
Running eighth fastest in the only practice session of the weekend, Hemric took the green flag from the fourth row after qualifying was canceled due to weather and the field was set per the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rule book.
Immediately getting off to a strong start, Hemric worked his way up to the third position by lap three. Reporting to crew chief Chad Kendrick that his Draw-Tite Ford F-150 had great forward drive but was too tight, Hemric had the opportunity to bring his truck to pit road when the first caution flag of the day waved on lap 24. The No. 19 team provided Hemric with four tires, fuel and both air-pressure and track-bar adjustments, sending him back onto the track in the third spot.
Once green-flag racing resumed on lap 29, Hemric was able to close in on the leader on lap 41, leading his first lap of the 2016 season. After holding the point position twice for 15 laps, he relinquished the lead when his Draw-Tite machine began to tighten up on center and exit.
The expiration of the Caution Clock provided another opportunity to visit pit road on lap 68, and Hemric’s vehicle was once again serviced with four tires, fuel and chassis adjustments.
Lining up fourth on the restart, Hemric initially fought his way into the second position, but an increasingly tight condition cost him positions on the racetrack.
Hemric was scored in the sixth position when the time came to pit under green on lap 119. The No. 19 Ford received a splash of gas and right-side tires, and with Hemric’s team being one of the first to pit under green, the Kannapolis native had to work his way back through the field as pit stops cycled through.
Despite having one of the fastest trucks on the racetrack, a handful of trucks were able to opt out of the final pit stop, which put Hemric in the ninth position when the checkered flag waved.
What They Are Saying…
Daniel Hemric – No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford F-150: “It felt really good to lead in front of the hometown crowd today. We had an extremely fast Draw-Tite Ford F-150 for the entire race, but we just found that we were too tight late in a run. I’m really proud of the effort our guys put in this weekend and the truck that my Brad Keselowski Racing team brought to the track. If the cautions and fuel mileage had played out a little differently, I have no question that we would have given them a run for their money at the end.”
Chad Kendrick – Crew Chief, No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford F-150: “I’m really proud of the effort our driver and our pit crew put in today. Our Draw-Tite Ford F-150 was fast out there, we just were a little bit too tight. Weekends like this when we lose practice or have a race postponed due to rain can make everything more difficult, but our Brad Keselowski Racing team was up to the challenge. Now we’ve got a couple weekends off that we can use to work on this truck and refine it for our race at Texas Motor Speedway, where BKR can hopefully earn its first win on a mile-and-a-half track.”
No. 29 Cooper Standard Careers For Veterans Ford F-150
On a race weekend that had more variables that an advanced Algebra equation, Tyler Reddick (@TylerReddick) scored a fourth-place finish in the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race on Saturday afternoon at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. Reddick claimed his second top-five finish in two NCWTS starts at Charlotte. He gained two positions in the series championship standings, moving up to eighth place, 36 points behind the leader.
The race event was originally scheduled for Friday evening but a steady rain washed out all on-track activity and pushed the event to a 12:30 p.m. start Saturday afternoon.
Reddick started sixth (the starting lineup was set per the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rule book) and he picked off four spots on lap one to grab second place. But just 10 laps later, Reddick radioed his team that his truck was getting looser every lap. He was fourth when the first caution slowed the race on lap 24. One lap later, Reddick pitted for four tires and adjustments and restarted sixth when the race went green on lap 29.
Unfortunately, the handling on the Reddick’s truck didn’t improve during the 40-lap green-flag run that followed. He was outside the top 20 when the Caution Clock expired on lap 68, bringing out the second yellow of the race. He pitted on lap 69 for four tires and major adjustments and restarted 23rd on lap 72.
The third and final caution slowed the race on lap 73 for a spin by Christopher Bell. The event restarted on lap 77 and, once again, the No. 29 was a handful for Reddick. As the laps ticked away and the Caution Clock counted down, crew chief Doug Randolph and the team correctly calculated that the race would be inside 20 laps to go before the 20-minute clock would expire. By rule, the Caution Clock would then be turned off when and the race would stay green. If Reddick could stretch his fuel mileage while others on the lead lap were forced to pit, he could gain several positions.
On lap 102, Randolph told his driver to save fuel in earnest. The clock was officially turned off on lap 114 – 20 laps from the finish. Green-flag pit stops for the leaders began on lap 119 and Reddick rapidly climbed up the leaderboard. He was up to sixth by lap 125 and three laps later, he was fourth – with a fast-closing Matt Tifft in his rear view mirror. Reddick held firm to the position over the final six laps, keeping fuel in his tank and his rival behind him to claim a fourth-place finish.
What They Are Saying…
Tyler Reddick – No. 29 Cooper Standard Careers For Veterans Ford F-150: “The Cooper Standard Careers For Veterans Ford F-150 fired off pretty good on the initial start, but as soon as I got a few laps on my tires, I was so loose and it was really hard to hold on to it. Doug really tightened it up on that last pit stop, but we didn’t have the speed to get through the field. I’m really proud of my guys. They worked really hard and we outsmarted a lot of our competitors today by noticing that the time on the Caution Clock was going to expire and it was going to turn into a fuel-mileage race.”
Doug Randolph – Crew Chief, No. 29 Cooper Standard Careers For Veterans Ford F-150: “All in all, not a bad day for our Cooper Standard Careers For Veterans team. We were planning to race at night and running in the daytime really messed up our game plan. We probably weren’t as ready for the sunshine as we should have been, but the guys did a great job adjusting our Ford F-150. We asked a lot out of Tyler today, from driving a loose truck and not wrecking it to saving fuel at the end. He did a great job, that’s for sure.”