Charlotte Post-Race Report

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Driver:

Brad Keselowski

Starting Position:

3

Finishing Position:

3

Status:

Running

Owner Points Position:

5

 

Brad Keselowski (@Keselowski), driver of the No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford F-150 scored a third-pace finish in his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season debut in the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 Friday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Keselowski started third in the No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford F-150 and finished third but his night was a bit more interesting than what those stats indicate.  Ron Hornaday Jr. spun directly in front of Keselowski off Turn 4 on lap 74, but somehow Keselowski avoided major contact.

Then it was time for a bit of pit strategy.  Keselowski was running behind teammate Ryan Blaney when Blaney was involved in an accident on lap 106, bringing out the seventh caution of the race. The front grill of the Ford F-150 was covered with grass and mud so Crew Chief Doug Randolph decided to pit to clean the grill and put on four tires in an effort to chase down the race leaders.

The move almost worked.  Keselowski restarted in eighth-place when the race went green on lap 113 and steadily worked his way through traffic in the No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford F-150, climbing up to third place by the time the checkered flag waved.

“We were hoping for a win with our Draw-Tite Ford F-150 but a decent night for sure.  We tried to snooker ‘em a little bit with tires there at the end but there were just so many yellows by the time we could get going there weren’t enough laps.  We had a good effort by everyone on the No. 19 BKR truck.  We’ve just got to keep working and find some more speed in our trucks so we can run with anyone.  I’m proud of my group but we’ve got more work to do.”    

COMMENT ON THE SPIN BY RON HORNADAY JR. RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU.  “Yeah we got into him but I don’t think it did any significant damage.  It got our attention and made us worry (smiles).  I think that didn’t have much of an effect on us but it was really cool looking.” Brad Keselowski

“Towards the end of the race when Ryan had his accident and went through the grass it covered our grill up with grass and mud.  We were at that point where we knew tires would mean something at the end of the race.  The grass on the grill actually helped make that decision for us.  It just made sense to come down pit road and clean the grill and put on four tires.”   - Crew Chief, Doug Randolph

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Driver:

Ryan Blaney

Starting Position:

10

Finishing Position:

22

Status:

Accident

Driver Points Position:

9

Ryan Blaney (@RyanBlaney22), driver of the No. 29 CareersForVeterans.org Cooper Standard Ford F-150 was sidelined by an accident in the late stages of Friday night’s North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Blaney started in 10th-place in front of an audience that featured over 500 Cooper Standard employees who attended the event and ran solidly in the top 10 during the first 50 laps of the 134-lap race.  As the race neared the 100-lap mark, the No. 29CareersForVeterans.org Cooper Standard Ford F-150 moved into the top five and appeared poised to challenge for the lead.

He lined up in third-place when the green flag waved on lap 99 following the race’s sixth caution.  Blaney was shuffled outside the top five on the initial start but was beginning to move back toward the front when his night took a turn for the worse.

On lap 106 Blaney was racing John Wes Townley for fifth-place down the front straightaway when they ran out of racing room. Blaney was forced off the track and through the grass then spun at the entrance into Turn 1, ending his night.

Blaney was credited with a 22nd-place finish and is ninth in the series championship standings, 39 points behind the leader.

“We had a really good CareersForVeterans.org Cooper Standard F-150.  We got in bad position there on that restart and went backwards.  The 5 (Townley) put us in the dirt down the front straightaway.  I saw a replay and he just hooked left when we were side-by-side with him.  I’d like to know what he was thinking.  It’s unfortunate.”  - Ryan Blaney

“The No. 29 CareersForVeterans.org Cooper Standard F-150 was really good and Ryan was happy.  The only adjustment we made all night was a half-round on the track bar.  I think performance-wise the truck was where it needed to be.  Starting on that inside line was a bear but once we got going I felt like we were as good as anybody.  We just had an unfortunate incident.  With that many laps to go you couldn’t let the leaders get too far out.  He got shuffled back and was coming up through there.  Every week the speed has been there and that’s encouraging.  We’ll go to Dover and keep plugging along.  This team is capable of winning races and that’s what we’re going to go do.” - Crew Chief, Chad Kendrick