No. 19 Recap:
Sometimes being penalized isn’t a bad thing – just ask Tyler Reddick.
A penalty under the final caution of the American Ethanol e15 225 dropped Reddick (@TylerReddick) from second place but gave him the opportunity to top off his fuel tank before the final 55 lap run to the finish, allowing the driver of the Stoney Creek Records Ford F-150 to make it to the checkered flag and score a second place finish.
Heavy rain postponed the race from Friday night to Saturday morning. Qualifying for the race was also washed out, giving Reddick the fourth place starting position per the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rulebook.
Reddick started up front and ran there during the early stages of the race. He was fourth at the time of the second caution on lap 32 and pitted one lap later for four tires and adjustments.
Tyler restarted second when the race went green on lap 36 and he settled into third position during much of the following green flag run. Reddick was up to second place at the time of the third and final caution on lap 83. He pitted for four tires and adjustments on lap 84 and returned to the track in second place but that was short lived.
On lap 93 NASCAR sent the young driver to the pits to check for a possible oil leak. No fluid was found and one lap later Reddick pitted again to top off the fuel tank. He restarted 11th when the race went green on lap 95.
Over the final 55 laps Tyler stretched his fuel mileage while many of his competitors were forced to pit for fuel. He aggressively sliced his way through traffic, climbing into the top 10 by lap 106. Tyler was up to eighth by lap 128 and 10 laps later he was sixth. By lap 143 Reddick was fifth and by lap 146 he was third. On lap 148 Tyler was second place but couldn’t get any closer to the front.
Reddick grabbed his ninth top five this season and climbed up to second in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings, 10 points behind the leader. Tyler claimed his second top five in his second start at Chicagoland.
Tyler Reddick – No. 19 Stoney Creek Records Ford F-150: “A truck in front of me was leaking a lot of fluid and I was right behind him under caution. NASCAR thought we were leaking fluid and that cost us a lot of track position. It actually worked out good because we topped off and made it to the end in the Stoney Creek Records Ford F-150. I was battling the 8 (John H. Nemechek) there a little later on in the run and just wasn’t able to make the pass and that ended up being the race for the win.”
Doug Randolph – Crew Chief, No. 19 Stoney Creek Records Ford F-150: “It’s a very tough situation to serve the penalty and you know it’s not you. I’m very proud of everyone on the Stoney Creek Records team. Everybody rallied and we got the finish, within one or two positions of what we deserved so it was a good result. The penalty changed our strategy and allowed us to make it from there to the finish so it was a blessing and a curse all at once.”
No. 29 Recap:
One of the main objectives for any rookie driver competing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is to gain as much experience as possible.
That was certainly the case for Austin Theriault (@AustinTheriault) in the American Ethanol e15 225 at Chicagoland (Joliet, Ill.) Speedway. The young driver scored a 13th place finish in the Cooper Standard Ford F-150 after overcoming a bit of misfortune along the way.
Heavy rain postponed the race from Friday night to Saturday morning. Qualifying for the 150 lap, 225 mile race was also washed out, giving Theriault the 12th place starting position per the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rulebook.
Theriault had his hands full with a loose handling truck at the start of the race but he caught a break when the first caution came out on lap 15. Crew chief Chad Kendrick called his driver to pit road for a chassis adjustment on lap 16 and Austin restarted 20th when the race went green on lap 20. He was up to 15th position by lap 32 when the second yellow of the race occurred. Theriault pitted one lap later for right side tires and adjustments and he restarted third when the race went green on lap 36. At the beginning of the run Austin was tight then as the laps ticked off he was too loose. He was running just outside the top 10 as the event entered its middle stages.
On lap 76 – one lap past halfway – Austin’s chances for a great finish slipped away. He was running 13th when he ran out of fuel under green. He coasted to the pit lane and the team made a four tire change and adjustments but by the time Austin was able to get back to full speed he had lost three laps to the leaders.
Try as they might Theriault and the team would struggle to make up the lost distance. The third and final caution slowed the race on lap 83 and Austin promptly took the wave around to gain a lap. He was unable to catch another caution and made his final pit stop under green on lap 136. Theriault was able to pick off a handful of positions in the closing stages of the race as some of his competitors were forced to pit for fuel. He was credited with 13th in the final rundown.
Austin Theriault – No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150: “I feel like I learned a lot in the Cooper Standard Ford F-150. I learned a certain feel that it takes to run in traffic and I’m still learning a lot balance wise. I think that’s going to help us. We had an issue with fuel and that created a bigger hill for us to climb. It’s frustrating but we have seven more races to go. I’ll just have to turn the page.”
Chad Kendrick – Crew Chief, No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150: “The first stop there was a miscommunication and we didn’t get the Cooper Standard Ford F-150 full of fuel. We were doing two tires and the fuel man plugged in. He thought they were coming around to change four so he pulled out and when they finished the two and I sent him he didn’t have it full. We thought we were about three or four laps short of a fuel run and we ended up being seven short. We just can’t make mistakes like that.”
Tyler Reddick did a live interview with Fox Sports 1 during the network’s coverage of qualifying.
Reddick did a pre-race interview and Motor Racing Network. Immediately following the race, Tyler did live interviews with Fox Sports 2 and Motor Racing Network plus ESPN.com and NASCAR.com. He also participated in a press conference inside the track’s media center and did a live segment on SiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90 with host Claire B. Lang.
Chad Kendrick did an interview Sept. 17 with reporter Larry Mahoney from the Bangor (Maine) Daily News for a feature story on Austin Theriault scheduled to run Sept. 18.