No. 19 Recap
Daniel Hemric (@DanielHemric) rallied back from an 18th-place starting position and damage sustained in a late-race wreck to earn a top-10 finish in his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race behind the wheel of a Brad Keselowski Racing truck.
Hemric remained patient throughout the 100-lap event and navigated his way through multiple large wrecks, bringing his Draw-Tite Ford F-150 home in the eighth position at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.
Taking the green flag from the 18th position, Hemric had worked his way into the top 15 by the time the first caution flag of the night waved on lap six. When another yellow flag quickly followed on lap 13, crew chief Chad Kendrick called his driver down pit road for a fuel-only pit stop followed by a fuel top off three laps later.
With other trucks opting to stay out, Hemric returned to the racetrack in the 30th position. Utilizing strategy with the debut of the NCWTS caution clock, the Draw-Tite team visited pit road just moments before the scheduled yellow flag.
Fortunately, right after Hemric’s fuel-only pit stop, a wreck caused by others following suit brought out the yellow prematurely, putting the No. 19 in the second position before green flag racing resumed on lap 49.
Running in the ninth position when the caution waved for debris on lap 67, Hemric reported that his Ford F-150 had gotten tighter over the preceding run. Visiting pit road for right-side tires and fuel, Hemric was scored in the 15th position when the trucks took the green flag.
On lap 92, Hemric was running in the 19th position when an 18-truck accident claimed much of the field. Hemric avoided the initial melee but made contact with another truck as it slid up the racetrack, causing moderate damage to the rear of the truck.
Following an extended red flag and two rounds of repairs, Hemric took the green flag from the 14th position with only two laps of regulation racing remaining. The 25-year-old avoided another multi-truck accident in the final lap, crossing the finish line in the eighth position under caution.
Daniel Hemric – No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford
F-150: ”The race wasn’t pretty, but I’ll happily take an eighth-place finish after the damage we sustained and seeing how many trucks got completely destroyed out there. I’m really proud to be a part of this BKR team; they showed a lot of heart tonight and made the best of everything we were dealt. We had a really fast Draw-Tite F-150 in the draft, and it says a lot for the team that all three of our trucks had so much speed. That race was wild, and a lot of times we found ourselves in a spot where we just weren’t able to make something happen with the trucks around us.”
Chad Kendrick – Crew Chief, No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford F-150: “Daniel did a great job tonight. He has such a good attitude and we are extremely excited to have him on our team. Our Draw-Tite team had a plan at the start of this race to pit just short of the first Caution Clock and we stuck to it, and it worked out perfectly in terms of track position. All in all, we had a good night and we’re happy to bring home a top 10.”
No. 29 Recap
Tyler Reddick’s chances for a second-consecutive victory in the NextEra Energy Resources 250 Friday night at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway were derailed when he was involved in an accident just six laps from the finish.
The end result was not an indication of how strong the Cooper Standard Careers For Veterans Ford F-150 performed during the 100-lap, 250-mile race. Reddick (@TylerReddick) led twice for 12 laps, and rallied from deep in the field multiple times to contend for the win.
Reddick started 12th and cycled into the lead on lap 14 when he didn’t pit during the second caution period, holding the top spot until lap 21. One lap later, Reddick was squeezed out of line and shuffled to the back of the lead draft pack, but fought his way back to the top 10 by the time the third caution slowed the race on lap 42.
The caution was ill-timed for Reddick. With his fuel supply critically low, he pitted while pit lane was closed for a splash of fuel on lap 43 then pitted once more on lap 45 for fuel and tires and restarted at the tail end of the field when the race restarted on lap 48.
Reddick climbed back into the top 10 by lap 64 and was up to seventh place when the fourth caution waved on lap 67. One lap later, Reddick made a quick stop for fuel only and lined up second when the race went green on lap 70. Reddick took the lead on lap 71 and held the top spot for the next five laps before settling into third place. The fifth caution slowed the pace on lap 78 and he restarted third on lap 81.
Reddick was running seventh in a tight double-file draft formation on lap 94 when a multiple-truck accident unfolded in front of him at the entrance to Turn 3. He was able to steer clear of the spinning trucks around him twice, but unfortunately couldn’t avoid another competitor, who slid down the banking and into his right side. Reddick was credited with an 18th-place finish and is 16th in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings.
Tyler Reddick – No. 29 Cooper Standard Careers For Veterans Ford F-150: “We had a really strong run going in our Cooper Standard Careers For Veterans Ford F-150. We led some laps both early and later in the race. We just caught cautions at the wrong times and it cost us track position and got us back in that wreck. I might have been able to clear the No. 13 if I’d stayed in the gas, but everyone checked-up and we all started wrecking. I was just trying to use my eyes more than my gas pedal at that point. Ultimately, there were just too many vehicles to miss.”
Doug Randolph – Crew Chief, No. 29 Cooper Standard Careers For Veterans Ford F-150: “It was a typical plate race. Tyler was at the front, then at the back, and then there were trucks bouncing all around us. We felt like we had some issues in the middle of the race, but we overcame that and put ourself in the position we needed to be late in the race. Unfortunately, it just didn’t work out for our Cooper Standard Careers For Veterans Ford F-150.”
No. 2 Recap
The Cinderella run for Austin Theriualt in the NextEra Energy Resources 250 struck midnight with just six laps to go on Friday night at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. Theriault (@AustinTheriault) led five times for a race-high 31 laps, but saw his chances for solid finish end when he was involved in a multiple-truck accident just six laps from the checkered flag.
The driver of the Gogo Ford F-150 grabbed the fourth-place starting position during qualifying Friday afternoon, equaling his career-best starting position. Theriault wasted no time flexing the muscle in his truck, leading lap one and seven of the first 12 laps before pitting for fuel during the second caution on lap 13.
Theriault restarted ninth on lap 16 and immediately begin working his way through the lead draft toward the front of the pack. He grabbed the lead on lap 21, was briefly shuffled back to third before reclaiming the top spot again on lap 30, staying there until the third caution slowed the pace on lap 42. Three laps later, Theriault pitted for four tires and lined up fourth when the race went green on lap 49.
Theriault worked his way back into the lead on lap 52 and led the next eight laps. He was running second on lap 63 when he was squeezed out of line, falling outside the top 15.
The fourth caution of the race slowed the pace on lap 67, and one lap later, Theriault pitted for four tires. A mix of different pit strategies by his competitors shuffled him outside of the top 20 when the race went green on lap 70. Theriault began to steadily work his way through traffic and was up to 11th when the fifth yellow waved on lap 77.
He restarted 11th on lap 81, and was jockeying side-by-side (and sometimes three-wide) midway through the lead draft pack.On lap 94, just six laps from the finish of the 100-lap race, he was swept up in a multiple truck accident at the entrance to Turn 3, ending his night. He was credited with a 27th -place finish in the final rundown.
Austin Theriault – No. 2 Gogo Ford F-150: “We had a really fast Gogo Ford F-150. We led a lot of the race and had the speed we needed. I was trying to be aggressive, and we were working hard to get back to the front. I was just racing for the win. We got caught up three-wide there and then we got shuffled back but we had the speed to get back to the front. “I don’t know what my future holds this season but hopefully our good run tonight will create a few new opportunities for me.”
Buddy Sisco – Crew Chief, No. 2 Gogo Ford F-150: “Austin did a great job and I’m really proud of the effort by everyone at BKR for all the hard work and effort they put into our Gogo Ford at Daytona. We put four tires on earlier in the race and in four laps, he was leading. I felt like if I could put four more tires on him and fill him up with fuel, we’d be good until the end. Unfortunately putting the four tires on just lost way too much track position. We put ourselves in harm’s way and we see the end result.”