Chicagoland Post-Race Report

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19_Reese

Driver:

Tyler Reddick

Starting Position:

12

Finishing Position:

4

Status:

Running

Owner Points Position:

8

Tyler Reddick (@tylerreddick), driver of the No. 19 Harper/ACE Hardware Ford F-150, scored a fourth place finish in the Lucas Oil 225 Saturday night at Chicagoland (Joliet, Ill.) Speedway.  The finish was Reddick’s best career effort to date and his first top five in 10 career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts.

Reddick started 12th and ran inside the top 10 for much of the 150 lap, 225 mile race.  On a night where the track conditions and temperature changed constantly, Reddick and Crew Chief Doug Randolph kept their truck neutral and avoided any handling issues.

Tyler had worked his way up to seventh place as a cycle of green flag pit stops began but the caution waved before Reddick made his scheduled stop.  The end result was a big gain in track position for Reddick, who made his final stop for four tires and fuel on lap 115 and restarted second when the race went green on lap 118.

Over the final 32 laps Reddick did a nice job behind the wheel.  He settled in to fourth place after the restart.  His smooth lap times allowed him to steadily pull away from a close two truck battle for fifth spot.

Tyler Reddick – No. 19 Harper/ACE Hardware Ford F-150: ”We had a great Harper/ACE Hardware Ford F-150 and we were able to bring home my first top five finish and another top five for the 19 team. I can’t thank BKR enough.  Everybody with the organization works hard to give us great trucks week in and week out. I’d say the biggest swing took place right as the sun went down.  I went from being pretty loose to pretty tight in a matter of five laps and that was eye opening. We had a pretty good truck because we were neutral and were able to stay right where we needed to be balance wise.”

Doug Randolph – Crew Chief, No. 19 Harper/ACE Hardware Ford F-150: “Tyler did a great job in the cockpit of the Harper/ACE Hardware Ford F-150 and the pit crew did a great job on pit road.  We executed well as a team.  We feel that as an organization, as long as we do all those things right, we’ll finish in the top five and that’s exactly where we were.”

29_Cooper

Driver:

Ryan Blaney

Starting Position:

5

Finishing Position:

12

Status:

Running

Driver Points Position:

3

Ryan Blaney (@RyanBlaney22), driver of the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150, collected a 12th place finish in the Lucas Oil 225 Saturday night at Chicagoland (Ill.) Speedway.  He remains third in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings, and is now 16 points behind the leader.

 Blaney started fifth and remained among the top five for all but the closing stages of the race.  He led the race three times for six laps and was poised to score a top five finish or perhaps challenge for the win.

Those hopes began to unravel when the third and final caution of the race waved on lap 113.  Just three laps earlier Blaney had made his final pit stop for four tires and fuel under green and the timing of the yellow pinned him a lap down.  Ryan took the wave around to get back on to the lead lap during the caution and lined up ninth for the restart.  Shortly after the green flag waved, Blaney struggled to come up to speed, and it soon became clear that his engine was down a cylinder.  Despite the mechanical gremlins, Ryan was able to post a 12th place finish and lost just three points to the championship leader.

Ryan Blaney – No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150: ”We had a solid night going in the Cooper Standard Ford F-150.  I thought we were in position to come away with a top five and then we had a problem on that last restart.  Something happened to the motor and I never quite got up to full speed.  We’re fortunate because we could have lost more points that what we did.  I’m confident we’ll come back strong next weekend at New Hampshire.”

Chad Kendrick – Crew Chief, No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150: ”I think the best case scenario we were going to finish third or so and worst case was fifth up until the motor went sour.  We led six laps and the lowest we fell to was fifth so we were right there and it was actually going to end up being a really good points night for us and then we had some issues there.  Hopefully all that is behind us and the next seven races we don’t run into any more hiccups like that and we’ll be okay.”