Daytona International Speedway Preview

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Pre-Race Report

No. 19 Preview

Changing His Stripes: Daniel Hemric (@DanielHemric) takes off his rookie stripes and puts on BKR blue as the 25-year-old embarks on his second full-time season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) behind the wheel of the No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford F-150. Hemric’s new truck already knows its way to Victory Lane at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway; the No. 19 took the checkered flag in last year’s season-opener when Tyler Reddick scored his first-career Truck Series win.
Daniel Hemric Notes
  • Has one NCWTS start and one ARCA Racing Series start at Daytona – both in 2015
  • Finished rookie season seventh in series championship rankings after collecting 13 top-10 finishes
  • Best career finish of fourth place (three times, most recently at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada)
  • FUN FACT:  The No. 19 team completed all but five laps during the 2015 season – 3,450 of 3,455 (99.85 percent)
  • The 2016 season marks Cequent Performance Products’ fifth season as a Brad Keselowski Racing partner.  California Clean Power will also appear on Hemric’s Ford F-150 in 13 events, returning for its second season as one of the driver’s primary sponsors
Daniel Hemric – No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford F-150: “I have a great group of guys at BKR around me for 2016, and Daytona will be our first opportunity to get to the racetrack and work together. This is also my first race with Draw-Tite and Reese Brands, and I can’t wait to show them what we have to offer this season.  It’s empowering to know that the BKR trucks had so much success at Daytona last year and that would give anyone who is sitting in the seat of the Draw-Tite Ford F-150 an extra level of confidence.  I’d like to think I took something away from every race I ran last year, especially at Daytona and Talladega.  It’s a much better feeling this season going to Daytona with superspeedway experience under my belt.”
 

Chad Kendrick – Crew Chief, No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford F-150: “Daniel has a very positive attitude and I know the entire BKR team is excited to have him in our camp.  Daytona is a great opportunity for Daniel and the Draw-Tite team to get to know each other. You don’t have the pressure to dial-in the truck’s handling.  It’s all about drafting and we know we have a great restrictor plate package.”

No. 29 Preview

Same Team, Different Number for Reddick: Tyler Reddick (@TylerReddick) returns to Daytona International Speedway as the defending winner of the NextEra Energy Resources 250 with the same team but a different number and new colors.  Reddick moves over to the No. 29 Cooper Standard Careers For Veterans Ford F-150 at Brad Keselowski Racing for the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season.  His 2015 victory at Daytona was his first in 18 career starts.
Tyler Reddick Notes
  • Has an identical average start and average finish in two NCWTS Daytona starts (6.5)
  • Placed second in 2015 NCWTS championship standings and ranked third or better in series championship standings through- out all 23 races
  • Scored 624 championship points in superspeedway competition in 2015 – most of any NCWTS driver
  • DID YOU KNOW?  The Cooper Standard Careers For Veterans program supports the men and women who serve our country by helping them put their unique skill sets to work when their service ends.  The Careers For Veterans program provides opportunities for military veterans and those transitioning from active service and strengthens the Cooper Standard workforce

Tyler Reddick – No. 29 Cooper Standard Careers For Veterans Ford F-150: “I’m excited to work with everyone at Cooper Standard and proud to help create more awareness for the Careers For Veterans program.  Winning at Daytona last year was very special and I hope we can duplicate that again with the Cooper Standard Careers For Veterans Ford F-150.  We, as a team, just can’t make any mistakes if we hope to contend for the win again this year. The trucks draft really close to one another, so you need to get hooked up with someone you really like working with to be able to move around successfully.”

 

Doug Randolph – Crew Chief, No. 29 Cooper Standard Careers For Veterans Ford F-150: “Last year at Daytona was a great day for Tyler and for our company.  We were very fortunate to stay with our teammate the entire race.  After our win last February, Brad confiscated that truck for his museum, so we built a new Ford F-150 for the Talladega race last fall, and that’s the truck we’re taking to Daytona. We’ve worked all winter to improve our single-truck speed and I’m optimistic that the Cooper Standard Careers For Veterans Ford F-150 will show that in qualifying.”

No. 2 Preview

Theriault Back with BKR at Daytona:  Austin Theriault (@AustinTheriualt) will drive a third entry for Brad Keselowski Racing in the NextEra Energy Resources 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Daytona International Speedway.  Theriault will be behind the wheel of the No. 2 Gogo Ford F-150 during Friday night’s race at the 2.5-mile superspeedway.
 
Austin Theriault Notes
  • Made NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Daytona in 2015 with Brad Keselowski Racing, where he scored an impressive, career-best fourth-place finish, leading the race once for nine laps, finishing with a driver rating of 110.2
  • DID YOU KNOW? Theriault is a United States presidential history buff and has been to two presidential libraries
  • Claimed two top-five and four top-10 finishes in nine total starts
  • Career-best qualifying effort (fourth place) also came at Daytona
  • Has started inside the top 10 in six of nine races
  • Scored a fifth-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway in his third-career start
  • Last name is pronounced “Terry -Oh”
  • Joined Brad Keselowski Racing in 2012 as a member of the team’s driver development program racing late models

Austin Theriault – No. 2 Gogo Ford F-150: “I’m really excited and can’t thank Brad and Gogo enough for this opportunity.  I’m really looking forward to climbing into the No. 2 Gogo Ford F-150 and I’m going there with the expectation to win; I’ll do whatever it takes to get the checkered flag.  I’m looking forward to working with both Tyler and Daniel.  Hopefully we can help each other stay in the top five throughout the race and be in position to challenge for the win.”

 

Buddy Sisco – Crew Chief, No. 2 Gogo Ford F-150: “You always want to run well at Daytona and I think we have an excellent chance to do that with Austin and the Gogo Ford F-150.  He’s a student of the game, and there are so many things you don’t have to teach him.  We’ve made changes here at BKR and feel like everything about our Ford F-150 trucks is even better than they were last year.  Our teammates are running for the championship and won’t take as many risks, but we can get outside the box a little bit and try some different things setup-wise to see if it pays any benefits. If we can learn some things, especially with Talladega being a Chase race later in the year, then it helps the company.”