Eldora Speedway Post-Race Report

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Driver:

Tyler Reddick

Starting Position:

8

Finishing Position:

11

Status:

Running

Owner Points Position:

7

Tyler Reddick (@tylerreddick), driver of the No. 19 Broken Bow Records Ford F-150, scored a respectable 11th place finish in the 1-800 Car Cash Mudsummer Classic Wednesday night at Eldora (Rossburg, Ohio) Speedway.

Reddick turned in a solid performance throughout practice, qualifying and the race.  He scored a second place finish in the third heat race to earn the eighth place starting position in the main event.

When the race went green, Reddick continued to run well, steadily working his way into the top five when the first competition caution waved on lap 60.  Tyler and Crew Chief Doug Randolph chose to pit for four tires and adjustments, the only stop the team would make all evening.

On the restart he was shuffled out of line with the three – and sometimes four – wide racing but once again began to steadily work his way up through the field.  He was 10th at lap 80.  He climbed back up to seventh place when the seventh and final caution waved on lap 129, setting up an 18 lap dash to the finish.

The final restart and a tight handling truck worked against Reddick’s hopes for a top 10.  He made it through the final chaotic start and held on in the closing laps to finish 11th.

Tyler Reddick – No. 19 Broken Bow Records Ford F-150: “It was an okay night with the Broken Bow Records Ford F-150.  We had some decent speed through the middle of the race.  The track changed toward the end of the race with people moving down a little bit off the wall which made it a little more difficult for me to run the high line.  It was a little disappointing to run that high up in the running order and then watch it fall short.  We brought the truck home in decent shape.”

Doug Randolph – Crew Chief, No. 19 Broken Bow Records Ford F-150:  “It was definitely a respectable finish.  We had a couple of things working against us.  Our qualifying draw wasn’t so great and Tyler did a good job in the heat race getting a decent starting spot.  We ran in the back half of the top 10 almost all night.  At the end of the race we were just battling hard and people got around us.  Tyler raced in the top 10 pretty much all night and got a lot more racing experience under his belt.”

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Driver:

Ryan Blaney

Starting Position:

4

Finishing Position:

3

Status:

Running

Driver Points Position:

1

Ryan Blaney (@RyanBlaney22), driver of the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150, grabbed the lead in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings with a third place finish in the 1-800 Car Cash Mudsummer Classic Wednesday night at Eldora (Rossburg, Ohio) Speedway.

Blaney grabbed his third consecutive top five and sixth in 10 races this season. He enjoys a four point lead in the series standings and one point lead in the owner’s championship standings. Ryan scored his first top five in two races at Eldora.

But the end result didn’t come without its challenges. Blaney made contact with the outside wall during the day’s first practice session and the No. 29 Cooper Standard team worked hard to make repairs. When he returned to the track for the final session, Blaney posted the quickest practice time. Ryan used the inside line to win the fourth heat race and earn the fourth place starting position.

When the race started, Blaney had his hands full with his truck. He fell back to ninth place when the competition caution came out on lap 60. Moments later crew chief Chad Kendrick made a big chassis adjustment on the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150, a call that worked well.

Blaney fell in line 11th following the scramble on the lap 63 restart but began to work his way towards the front when the race settled down. He was fifth by lap 90 and stayed in the top five for the remainder of the night. During the final segment of the race he was moved up to fourth place and then advanced to third when a truck in front him encountered problems in the closing laps.

Ryan Blaney – No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150: “I’m happy we got out of Eldora with a top three and the points lead with the Cooper Standard Ford F-150. That’s pretty good. We could make decent ground for about four laps on a restart through the middle and then after that I’d have to be up at the top and just ride around there. The racetrack didn’t change a whole lot from start to finish. The bottom went away a little bit there the final segment but it wasn’t terrible. You could go on restarts and then after that you were kind of stuck. We got out of here clean. This was a race that I was kind of worried about. I think we’ll be good everywhere else.”

Chad Kendrick – Crew Chief, No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150: “We did what we had to do at Eldora. Ryan and I talked before the race and if we could have got a seventh or better we were both going to be happy with that. We finished third and got both the drivers and owners points lead and we’re happy about that.”

WAS THE TURNING POINT OF THE RACE WHEN YOU CAME IN AND MADE THE BIG ADJUSTMENT?  “I honestly thought it would help more than it did.  Track position was critical.  The track staff did a great job making it where at least you could move around a little bit and most of the time the moving around was done at the start of a run which is where it seemed like we were the best.  We were a better short run truck for sure.”