Dover International Speedway Post-Race Report

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19_drawtite

Driver:

Tyler Reddick

Starting Position:

5

Finishing Position:

8

Status:

Running

Owner Points Position:

5

 

Tyler Reddick (@TylerReddick), driver of the No. 19 Reese Towpower Ford F-150 scored an impressive eighth place finish in Friday’s Lucas Oil 200 at Dover International Speedway. Reddick claimed his best career finish in four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts and his first top 10!

Reddick started fifth and comfortably ran inside the top five during the early stages of the 200-lap race. He made his first pit stop of the race during the fourth caution on lap 77. Reddick and the team made adjustments to free the truck up just a bit. He restarted in third place but began to wrestle with a loose handling truck – a handling condition that would challenge the young driver and team throughout much of the remainder of the race.

But Reddick and team gamely fought back. Despite briefly falling outside the top 10 during the middle stages of the race, Reddick would rally over the final 70 laps. He made his final pit stop under caution on lap 175, restarting in 10th place for the final 20 lap dash to the finish and was able to pick off two more positions before the checkered flag waved.

“We were hoping for a win with our Draw-Tite Ford F-150 but a decent night Tyler Reddick – No. 19 Reese Towpower Ford F-150: “I had a pretty good day in the Reese Towpower Ford F-150. We were trying to be the top Sunoco Rookie today and I think we were pretty close. We had good strength early in the race. We just have to work on a few things and that’s just part of the learning process and hopefully we can make everything better for Texas.”

“YOU WERE REALLY STRONG EARLY IN THE RACE. “We were very good at the start of the race. We had that first run there and the truck was a little tight but as I’ve learned at this place, man, if you have a loose truck you have your hands full. I wanted them to free it up just a little to see if we could get a little more speed out of it and that was my mistake. We probably went just a little too far and then we had to back up a little bit throughout the rest of the day. We found out what I like, what was good. We had a very fast truck, nothing to be upset about. Even at the end of the race we were pretty fast. We have a lot of good things going for us, good people behind us, good people supporting us, good people working on our trucks and good people going over the wall making pit stops. We just have to put a few more things together and we’ll be in great shape for Texas.”

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Driver:

Ryan Blaney

Starting Position:

14

Finishing Position:

2

Status:

Running

Driver Points Position:

7

Ryan Blaney (@RyanBlaney22), Ryan Blaney (@RyanBlaney22), driver of the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150 grabbed a second place finish in the Lucas Oil 200 Friday afternoon at Dover. He has now finished third or better in two NCWTS races at Dover and he claimed his third top 10 finish in 2014.

Blaney started in 14th place and steadily worked his way toward the front. By the 60 lap mark he was inside the top five and as the 200 lap race neared halfway, he had climbed up to second place. He was hot on the trail of the leaders when he came to pit road for a scheduled stop on lap 134 during the fifth caution of the race. Unfortunately, two laps later Blaney was back in the pits because of a loose left rear wheel.

Ryan restarted seventh when the race went green on lap 139 and he began to once again work his way forward. He climbed up to third place by lap 170 and took second with just 15 laps to go. He gamely fought to catch the leader over the final miles but simply ran out of laps, taking the checkered flag in second place.

Blaney also gained precious ground in the series championship standings. He gained 20 points on the leader in the NCWTS championship standings, leaving Dover just 19 points behind first place in the standings.

Ryan Blaney – No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150: “Everyone at Brad Keselowski Racing gave me a great Cooper Standard Ford F-150 today. Unfortunately we couldn’t be one spot better but can’t complain after the last couple of races that we’ve had. It was a pretty solid afternoon for us.

“We had to start back in 14th place and we got up in the top five fairly quickly and were able to work our way to the front from there. They did a great job on pit road all day and having good stops and trying to gain us spots every single time.

“With about 50 or 60 to go we had a pit stop and had a loose wheel and luckily we caught it before we went back green. We got a caution maybe 20 laps after that and I was able to lineup sixth and finally go to work. Overall it wasn’t a bad run for us. It’s really what we needed after the past two races and what we encountered at Kansas and Charlotte. It’s a good start to try to string together some really good runs and make up all the points that we lost in those two races. It feels good to finally get a finish that you deserve. We had really fast trucks at Kansas and Charlotte and unfortunately I got caught up in those incidents. It just brings a lot of pressure off our shoulders knowing that we can perform well.” -