Dover International Speedway Post-Race Report

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No. 19 Race Recap:

 

Tyler Reddick – No. 19 Broken Bow Records Ford F-150:

The Monster Mile was no match for Tyler Reddick.

 

Reddick (@TylerReddick) passed Erik Jones with eight laps to go and drove off into the Delaware sunset to win the Lucas Oil 200 Friday at Dover (Del.) International Speedway.  The victory was his second of the 2015 season and fifth top five finish in six races.  Brad Keselowski Racing won for the third time this season, the most victories for the organization in a single season.  Tyler is now second in the series championship standings, 11 points behind the leader.

 

Reddick started fourth and ran just behind race leader and teammate Ryan Blaney during the opening laps of the race.  He was directly behind Jennifer Jo Cobb when she spun off Turn 4 on lap 15 but cleanly made it through the incident.  The BKR duo was 1-2 when they made their first scheduled pit stops under the third caution of the race on lap 35.

 

Reddick changed four tires and restarted 10th when the race went green on lap 39 thanks to a variety of pit strategies among his fellow competitors that shuffled up the running order.

 

Tyler initially fought a loose handling truck during the next run but his truck improved as the laps ticked away.  He was seventh when the sixth caution slowed the pace on lap 75.  One lap later he pitted for four tires and another round of adjustments and lined up 11th for the restart on lap 79.

 

Reddick patiently worked his way through traffic during the next run and was in sixth position when the seventh caution waved on lap 106.  He chose not to pit during this yellow and lined up second when the green waved on lap 110.  Tyler made a bold move around Matt Crafton to grab the lead on the restart and held the top spot for the next 29 laps.

 

The eighth and final caution of the race waved on lap 137 and one lap later Reddick make his final pit stop for four tires and adjustments.  Speedy service on pit road gave Tyler the lead on lap 140.

 

Jones restarted second and made a quick move around Reddick to take the lead on lap 143 and pulled away.  But as the race entered its closing stages, Reddick began to reel in his rival, visibly closing in by lap 170.  Reddick drew closer and closer as the laps ticked away, pitching his truck sideways in hot pursuit off Turn 4 on lap 187.  Tyler caught his rival on lap 191 and made his race winning pass off Turn 2 on lap 193.  Once he cleared Jones, Reddick pulled away, taking the checkered flag 1.255 seconds ahead of the second place truck.

 

Tyler Reddick – No. 19 Broken Bow Records Ford F-150: ”We worked really hard Thursday to improve our Broken Bow Records Ford F-150 and overnight we put together a better package for Friday with some help from our teammate.  It was really solid.  I knew we had a top five truck starting the race and we ended up in position to put our Broken Bow Records Ford F-150 in victory lane.  As a team we at Brad Keselowski Racing wanted to prove that we can win on any given racetrack and we’ve now won at Daytona, Martinsville and Dover, all very different tracks.  That’s a perfect way to start the year.”

 

Doug Randolph – Crew Chief, No. 19 Broken Bow Records Ford F-150:  “It was a crazy race.  There were so many cautions and so many different pit strategies.  Halfway through the race we made a decision to get track position and hope the race played out a certain way and luckily for us it did.  Everyone on the Broken Bow Records team did a great job.  This was a full organizational effort by everyone at Brad Keselowski Racing. As an organization we’ve run six races this year and won three so we’ve stepped up our game.”

 

No. 29 Race Recap:

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

 

Ryan Blaney (@Blaney) made his first start of the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season for Brad Keselowski Racing in the Lucas Oil 200 Friday afternoon at Dover (Del.) International Speedway.  The young driver quickly proved he needed little time to get re-acclimated to the series.

 

The driver of the Cooper Standard Ford F-150 won the Keystone Light Pole Award during qualifying for the Lucas Oil 200 with a lap of 22.718 seconds, a new track record at Dover, eclipsing the previous mark held by Kevin Harvick from 2012.  Ryan racked up his fifth pole in 54 NCWTS starts – all with Brad Keselowski Racing – and won his first pole in three starts at Dover.

 

Despite his strong performance in qualifying and seventh place finish in the race, both driver and team were left wanting a little bit more.

 

Ryan led from the start of the race until his first scheduled pit stop during the third caution on lap 35.  The team changed four tires and made adjustments and he lined up 12th for the restart on lap 39, thanks in large part to different pit strategies employed by several of his competitors and a difficult time on pit road.

 

Blaney patiently began working his way through traffic.  He returned to the top 10 by lap 45 and was fifth by lap 58 despite wrestling a loose handling truck.  He was fifth when the sixth caution set up a second round of pit stops on lap 76.  Blaney pitted for four tires and adjustments and restarted 13th when the green flag waved on lap 79.

 

An excellent restart on lap 80 moved Blaney up to 10th and one lap later he picked off two more positions to move into eighth position.  He steadily worked his way through traffic and was up to fifth by lap 96 despite a very loose handling truck.

 

When the sixth caution slowed the race on lap 106, Blaney and crew chief Chad Kendrick chose to pit for adjustments only on lap 107.  He restarted 11th when the race went green on lap 110.  Once again Blaney went to work, climbing up to seventh by lap 114 and to sixth by lap 136.

 

The eighth and final caution on lap 137 set up the final round of pit stops.  Blaney received four tires and more adjustments on lap 138 and restarted seventh on lap 142.  Although he briefly moved up to sixth during the final run to the finish, a loose handling truck would force Ryan to settle for a seventh place finish.

 

Ryan Blaney – No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150: “Everyone here at Brad Keselowski Racing did a great job getting this Cooper Standard Ford F-150 better throughout the qualifying sessions.  All you can ask for is to keep improving and keep picking up time.  It’s cool to be able to come back and drive for them and work with my crew chief Chad Kendrick again.  They’ve been doing a great job and getting this organization better.  We were really good at the start of the race but lost a little bit of track position on that first pit stop when we pitted and some guys stayed out.  I was just too loose when I was in traffic and we couldn’t get back in clean air.”

 

Chad Kendrick – Crew Chief, No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150:  “It was all about track position and we never had it after that first run with the Cooper Standard Ford F-150.  Clean air was huge and it was probably a bigger factor today than it has been all year.  I thought as good as we were track position wouldn’t bite us as bad as other people and that we could make small adjustments and get it back but it was way more critical than I thought.”

 

Media Recap:

Tyler Reddick, Doug Randolph and Brad Keselowski participated in the winner’s post-race press conference inside the speedway’s media center immediately following the race.  Reddick also did live interviews with Fox Sports 1 and Motor Racing Network from victory lane.  Tyler and Doug also joined host Claire B. Lang on her Dialed In show  on SIRIUS XM NASCAR Channel 90 immediately after the race.

 

Ryan Blaney did live interviews with Fox Sports 1 and SIRIUS XM NASCAR Channel 90 immediately following qualifying.

 

Reddick did an interview May 28 with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.  The newspaper plans to run a feature on Reddick on June 2.

 

Both Reddick and Blaney did live pre-race interviews with Fox Sports 1 and Motor Racing Network.