Tyler Reddick (@TylerReddick), driver of the No. 19 Reese Towpower Ford F-150, made his debut start for Brad Keselowski Racing (BKR) on Friday evening at Daytona International Speedway in the NextEra Energy Resources 250.
After a cancelled qualifying session and an hour delay for rain, Reddick rolled off the starting grid in the 10th position. On lap 20 the competition caution was waved and crew chief Doug Randolph took the opportunity to call in the Reese Towpower F-150 for two tires and a can of fuel. After a clutch issue on pit road, Randolph called Reddick back in for the other two tires and to top off the 19 Ford F-150 with gas.
Reddick raced in the lead draft in the middle stages of the race holding his own against NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) veterans.
With 27 laps to go ‘the big one’ occurred entering turn 1 of the 2.5 mile superspeedway. Reddick’s Reese Towpower Ford F-150 was caught up in the carnage, not of his own doing. Reddick had a masterful drive back to 12th place at the finish
The No. 19 BKR team currently sits 12th in the NCWTS owner points standings, 15 points back from first. Reddick’s next start is at Martinsville Speedway on March 29th.
“I am so thankful to Brad Keselowski for the opportunity to driver his Reese Towpower F-150 at Daytona and throughout the majority of the 2014 season. It was a dream come true to race at historic Daytona, and I was able to develop a great relationship with my team and learn a lot at my first start. Look forward to getting into the Broken Bow Music Group Ford in a few weeks at Martinsville!” – Tyler Reddick
Ryan Blaney (@RyanBlaney22), driver of the No. 29 Cooper Standard CareersForVeterans.org Ford F-150, made the first start of the season for Brad Keselowski Racing (BKR) on Friday evening during the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona.
Blaney enters his 3rd season with Brad Keselowski Racing with the goal of capturing the 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) drivers’ Championship. When the race got underway, Blaney maintained his top 3 position through the first caution of the evening on lap 20.
Crew chief Chad Kendrick called Blaney in for a fuel only stop, and send Blaney back out towards the front of the pack. The second caution of the night waved on lap 50 for an incident that happened behind Blaney. After taking two tires and fuel, Blaney made contact with the No. 28 truck exiting pit road, creating minor damage to the nose of the Cooper Standard CareersForVeterens.org machine.
Blaney was unfazed by the damage, and maintained his position towards the front of the field, bringing his Ford F-150 home in sixth position when the checkered.
The No. 29 BKR team currently sits 4th in the NCWTS driver and owner point standings, 5 points back from first.
“I really wanted to win this race for the new Cooper Standard CareersForVeterens.org program. We take a lot of positives out of the first race as a team, and I know we will have fast trucks all year long. I’m excited for my next Truck start in Martinsville and another opportunity to bring Brad a trophy.” – Ryan Blaney