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Tyler Reddick (@TylerReddick), driver of the No. 19 Reese Towpower Ford F-150 will be making his third start of the 2014 season in Friday afternoon’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Dover (Del.) International Speedway.

- Reddick will be making his first Dover start and fourth in his NCWTS career.

- Has competed in two NCWTS races in 2014 – Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.

- His best finish in three career NCWTS starts came in season-opening event at Daytona where he claimed a 12th-place finish.

- Reddick has scored lead lap finishes in both starts this season. (all 356 possible laps)

Tyler Reddick – No. 19 Reese Towpower Ford F-150:

“Everybody talks about the transitions into Turn 1 and into Turn 3, the elevation changes and how it’s so severe you feel like you’re losing your stomach going into the corners.  I was expecting to have a feeling like I’m on a rollercoaster and really it didn’t feel that bad at all.  I think being a dirt racer you’re kind of used to that type of feeling.  The test helped a lot, helped me understand the track a lot better.  The track (groove) was not as wide as it’s going to be for our race but still it was a good test and definitely learned a lot for the race that’s going to help me.”

CAN YOU TELL THAT DOVER IS VERY PHYSICAL ON THE DRIVER? “I’d say it’s pretty physical. What definitely gets you is you have a lot of lateral g-forces pushing you down in the center of the corner. When you’re coming off the corner as the banking goes away you really get pulled to the right. As soon as the truck unloads and you’re going straight you get slammed to the left. It’s like that every lap. If you have an ill-handling truck you really get thrown around on the exit of the corner.”

COMMENT ON THE POSSIBILITY OF MAKING A GREEN FLAG PIT STOP AT DOVER. “The biggest thing is going to be signaling to the Trucks around you and behind you and having them communicate to their spotters that ‘Hey, he’s pitting this time, leave him the bottom, go around him on the outside.’ That might be where you see some things happen if people don’t communicate.

“Practicing green flag stops is very key. There was only one green flag stop last year but judging from the last two races you never know, there might not be a single green flag stop.”

Doug Randolph – Crew Chief, No. 19 Reese Towpower Ford F-150:

“We’re looking forward to Dover.  It’s going to be a challenge.  I was pretty happy with what we accomplished at the test.  Dover is pretty intimidating but Tyler did a great job.  He was smart off the bat and got better each run.  We did a lot of our housekeeping stuff such as practice hitting pit road.  Dover has a very difficult pit road to hit.  We did a lot of that while we were up there so I think some of those challenges at least now he’s faced. It has rained out qualifying and with the new (qualifying) system he’s not had a chance to try that yet so we did a couple mock runs.  We gave him a lot of experience of the things he’ll be facing this week.  We did a long run and about halfway through it he found that rhythm that you really need at Dover.  Dover usually falls out in a long green flag run and you’ve got to be consistent and comfortable and relaxed.”

29_CooperRyan Blaney (@RyanBlaney22)driver of the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150 is ninth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings, 39 points behind the leader.  He has one top five and two top 10 finishes in four NCWTS races this season.  Blaney has an average starting position of 4.25 through the first four races.

- Scored an impressive third-place finish in his first NCWTS race at Dover in 2013 after starting in  fourth-place
- In 20 previous NCWTS superspeedway starts, Blaney has one win, seven top five and 10 top10 finishes – plus has led 158 laps
- Blaney has two poles in 35 previous NCWTS starts, both coming at intermediate size tracks (Kentucky and Homestead)

Ryan Blaney – No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150:

“Dover is one of my favorite racetracks.  We qualified fourth there last year and ran top five all day and ended up third.  It’s very hard to pass at Dover so hopefully we’ll get a good qualifying effort and just stay up front all day.  It’s a long race and a lot of things can happen and the track changes a lot.  Judging from the tire test and how we ran last year I’m really looking forward to it.  We’ve had really fast trucks all year.  We just need to start getting good finishes here and start getting that points lead back.”

HOW MUCH DOES THE TRACK CHANGE FROM THE START OF PRACTICE ON THURSDAY TO RACE TIME LATE FRIDAY AFTERNOON? “With three series being there all weekend it’s going to just keep taking rubber the whole time so you’ve got to guess a little bit on where it’s going to be. But from the tire test there was a decent amount of Cup cars and Nationwide cars and the track took a lot of rubber. We had a good direction of where it was going to go, we guessed it right, and we think it’s just going to go more that direction. I think we’ll have a good plan for it.”

HOW DIFFICULT IS MAKING A PIT STOP AT DOVER? “The biggest challenge is getting on and off pit road on green flag runs. It’s so tough getting on pit road because of that big banking change you’ve got to stay on the racetrack as long as you can and then duck off. Pit road entrance comes up really fast. On exit you have to really hustle around a really fast surface and then make that big transition so very important to get on and off pit road really good on green flag stop.”

Chad Kendrick – Crew Chief, No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150:

“I’m looking forward to Dover. Ryan ran really well there last year and he finished third. At the recent tire test that we did we were really fast, had a ton of speed, which we’ve had all year. Ryan is experienced enough and more than capable enough to bring it home in one piece and not find himself in trouble at the Monster.”

HOW CHALLENGING IS THE PROCESS OF MAKING A PIT STOP THERE? “It’s a small pit road so getting a good qualifying lap in to ensure that we have an opening out is going to be critical. The first key is to qualify well. I honestly think we have a shot at the pole there so if we can get that first pit stall that would be huge.”