Down & Dirty: Briscoe Leads Team BKR to Eldora

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Brad Keselowski Racing Preview: Eldora Speedway

  • Track conditions are always changing and drivers must adapt to go fast
  • Racing gets better the more the track is watered down
  • Mud and dusty conditions are a big challenge, sealing up equipment is a must
  • No live pit stops, no five-minute clock, and stage break caution laps don’t count
  • Teams know what they need to go fast on a dry track vs. wet track conditions
  • Tire stagger is the biggest tool for the crew chief

No. 19 Fitzgerald Glider Kits Ford F-150

  • Fitzgerald Glider Kits joins Brad Keselowski Racing as the primary sponsor for driver Austin Cindric and the No. 19 Ford F-150 at Eldora Speedway
  • Cindric will be making his 17th NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start and first-ever at Eldora
  • Enters the Eldora Dirt Derby fresh off a fourth-place finish at Kentucky Speedway (race 10 of 23), his best of the season and fourth top 10
  • Sits 11th in the NCWTS championship standings
  • Smile For The Cameras: Cindric and teammate Chase Briscoe will carry Ford on-board cameras at Eldora
  • Will be making his fifth NCWTS short track start
  • Has experience racing on dirt in Global Rallycross competition from 2014-15, where he won four races and scored eight podium finishes in the Lites division
  • DID YOU KNOW? Brad Keselowski Racing drivers have scored five top-10 finishes in eight Eldora starts, completing 99.17 percent of the total possible laps

Austin Cindric: “I’m really excited about Fitzgerald being on our No. 19 Ford F-150 at Eldora. The truck looks really cool and all those guys really understand racing and the excitement around it. Eldora is going to be my most obvious challenge for this year, and it completes my driver portfolio in stock cars. I think our number one priority is to have a clean, solid night and maybe get a surprise result out of it. I think the biggest advantage I’ll have at Eldora is my teammate, Chase Briscoe, and I’ll be able to lean on him.”

No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150

  • The Eldora Dirt Derby will be Chase Briscoe’s first Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway, but he’s no stranger to its surface. He began his racing career on dirt in 2001 and did not make his first asphalt start until 2013
  • WELCOME BACK! Crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. returns to the pit box at Eldora following a four-race suspension for improper tire installation at Dover International Speedway
  • Will be the first NCWTS driver to run the Visor Cam, in addition to Ford’s on-board camera
  • Currently tied for the lead in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings and sits third in the driver point standings
  • Leads all rookies in laps led (105), average running position (7.636), laps completed (99.76 percent) and driver rating (102.5)
  • Average finish in the last five NCWTS races is 6.80
  • PARKED IT! Briscoe’s sprint car, driven by Thomas Meseraull, won the opening USAC feature at Indiana Sprint Week on Saturday, July 8th at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway. It was the first-ever victory for Chase Briscoe Racing

Chase Briscoe: “Words can’t even explain how excited I am to get to Eldora; I’ve been counting down the days since Daytona. I feel like I’m always at a slight disadvantage going to these pavement tracks, because I haven’t been racing on pavement that long. When we go to Eldora, I feel like I finally have a little bit of an advantage, just because of my experience. I’ve been to Eldora a lot as a kid growing up and I still go at least once or twice a year to watch, but I’ve never been able to race there. We only had one motor growing up running sprint cars, and it was too risky for us to go race there. Never in a million years would I guess that my first Eldora start would be in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series instead of a sprint car, but regardless of what I’m in, it’s going to be an honor. For a dirt guy, Eldora is our Indianapolis Motor Speedway or Daytona.”