Charlotte Motor Speedway Preview


Brad Keselowski Racing Charlotte Motor Speedway Preview

No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford F-150

Home Field Advantage: Daniel Hemric (@DanielHemric) is on home soil as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) heads to Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. Hemric is second in NCWTS championship standings, five points behind the leader.  In addition to one previous NCWTS start at the track in 2015, the Kannapolis, N.C., native has plenty of experience around the frontstretch quarter-mile at Charlotte, including a win in the inaugural Legends Million in 2010.

 Daniel Hemric Notes

  • Has two top fives and four top 10s (average finish of 9.20) through the first five races of 2016
  • One previous NCWTS start at Charlotte (2015) – qualified fifth and finished 17th after experiencing a flat tire on the final lap
  • Legends Million victory was the biggest paycheck in Legends Car history
  • DID YOU KNOW? Brad Keselowski Racing has 11 starts at Charlotte with a best finish (2nd) achieved by team owner Brad Keselowski in 2012
  • Both BKR trucks finished in the top five in 2015 (Tyler Reddick finished fourth while Keselowski placed fifth)

What They Are Saying…

Daniel Hemric – No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford F-150: “As a kid who grew up just down the road in Kannapolis, Charlotte is the track you dream about racing as a kid. I’d already had some experience and success on the quarter-mile track at Charlotte before making my Truck Series debut there last year. My win in the Legends Million has probably been the biggest win of my career so far, but winning a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race for Brad Keselowski Racing in front of all of my family and friends would definitely top that. Everyone on the Draw-Tite team has worked so hard this year and I know our first win is right around the corner.”

Chad Kendrick – Crew Chief, No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford F-150: “Charlotte Motor Speedway is the track that every NASCAR team in this area wants to win at. We’ve been working really hard this year to put together our first win with Daniel, and we have been so close with the Draw-Tite Ford F-150. It would mean a lot to not only get a win in front of all of our families, but to earn Brad Keselowski Racing its first mile-and-a-half track win at Charlotte.”

No. 29 Cooper Standard Careers For Veterans Ford F-150

Reddick Riding Momentum in Charlotte:  Tyler Reddick (@TylerReddick) enters the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway riding a wave of momentum.  Reddick scored a seventh-place finish at Dover (Del.) International Speedway one week ago and has gained six positions in the series championship standing over the past two races.

Tyler Reddick Notes

  • Finished fourth and led one lap in one previous start at Charlotte (2015)
  • Led 95 laps in two most recent NCWTS starts
  • Leads all NCWTS competitors with a 112.1 driver rating at Charlotte
  • Ranks second among NCWTS competitors in laps led (107) and laps completed (854) and is third in miles led (153)
  • The Cooper Standard Careers For Veterans livery will adorn the No. 29 Ford F-150 at Charlotte
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What They Are Saying…

Tyler Reddick – No. 29 Cooper Standard Careers For Veterans Ford F-150: “Charlotte is one of my favorite tracks and it’s awesome to be in the Cooper Standard Careers For Veterans colors this weekend.   The track changes a lot with temperature and there are two different corners so that makes it even more challenging.  Turns 3 and 4 are  where all the action happens.  If you can hold the bottom and run the white line on corner exit, you can pass ‘em all day long.  You have to really get through 3 and 4, because that’s how to make your passes down the front straightway.”

 Doug Randolph – Crew Chief, No. 29 Cooper Standard Careers For Veterans Ford F-150: “We ran really well there last year and we’ll lean on those notes and what we’ve learned to hopefully make the Cooper Standard Careers For Veterans Ford F-150 a touch faster. Charlotte has the reputation for being a temperature-sensitive racetrack and that’s not overblown.  As a crew chief, it’s a challenge to practice in the daytime and race at night because Turns 3 and 4 bake in the sunlight then when the sun goes down you have something totally different.”

No. 2 Klixel8 Ford F-150

Theriault Back With BKR at Charlotte: Austin Theriualt (@AustinTheriault) will make his second start of the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season with Brad Keselowski Racing Friday night in the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte (N.C) Motor Speedway.  His previous NCWTS start this season came in the NCWTS season opener at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway where Theriault qualified fourth and led a race-high 31 laps before a late-race accident left with with a 27th-place finish.

Austin Theriault Notes

  • Made NCWTS debut in 2015 with BKR where he scored an impressive fourth-place finish at Daytona.  He led once for nine laps after starting fourth and finished with a driver rating of 110.2
  • Claimed two top-five and four top-10 finishes in nine total starts during the 2015 season
  • Best qualifying effort (fourth place) came in Daytona (both 2015 and 2016)
  • Started inside the top 10 in seven of 10 races
  • Claimed a fifth place finish at Texas Motor Speedway (third-career start)
  • Last name is pronounced “Terry -Oh”

What They Are Saying…

Austin Theriault – No. 2 Klixel8 Ford F-150:“I know we will have a strong Klixel8 Ford F-150 at Charlotte and we plan to perform well, just like we did earlier this year at Daytona. I’m going there with the expectation to win.  I was really proud of the effort at Daytona and how strong our performance was, and I feel like Charlotte won’t be any different.  Having teammates is really important because of the amount of practice time that you have and the many different things you can test as an organization.  At the end of the day, we want to win, and we have all the resources here at Brad Keselowski Racing to do just that at Charlotte.”

 Buddy Sisco – Crew Chief, No. 2 Klixel8 Ford F-150: “I think Charlotte will be a good race for Austin and the Klixel8 Ford F-150 team because there’s really no pressure on us. We’re going back to some of the things we see working in the Cup garage that aren’t quite on the trucks yet, modern racing with an old school twist.  Austin has the experience to run well on a mile-and-a-half. He knows how to get in the corner and how to roll the center.  We’re going to use the practice sessions to find a setup that he really likes.”