Eldora Speedway Post-Race Report

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RACE RECAP

No. 19 Race Recap:

Tyler Reddick – No. 19 DrawTite Ford F-150:

Tyler Reddick took advantage of a late race traffic jam to claim a third place finish in the 1-800-Car-Cash Mud Summer Classic Wednesday night at Eldora (Rossburg, Ohio) Speedway.

Reddick (@tylerreddick) grabbed his seventh top five finish in 11 races and gained ground in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings.  Tyler remains second in the title chase but has now closed within 14 points of the leader.

Reddick kicked off the night by winning his qualifying race to earn the fifth place starting position.  Throughout the first 60 lap segment of the race, Tyler hovered around the top five.  He was running sixth when the first competition caution slowed the race on lap 60.  Crew chief Doug Randolph made the call for Reddick to pit for four tires and adjustments.  He restarted seventh when the second segment began on lap 61.

During the next 50 lap segment, Reddick consistently maintained the seventh position – no small accomplishment considering the intense four and sometimes five wide racing throughout the pack.  He lined up seventh for the final 40 lap dash to the finish.

Tyler picked off two positions on the restart on lap 111 then moved up to fourth place on lap 122.  Two laps later Reddick was third and in hot pursuit of the leaders until the 12th caution slowed the race on lap 140.  The following chaotic restart on lap 145 cost Reddick three positions, dropping him to sixth by lap 147, but he caught a break when the 13th and final yellow on lap 149 pushed the event into a green-white checkered dash to the finish.

Reddick lined up sixth for the final restart and he emerged from a four-wide scramble off Turn 2 to grab third, holding firm to the position over the final lap.

Start: 05

Finish: 03

Status: Running

Driver Standings: 02

No. 29 Race Recap:

Brad Keselowski – No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150:

Brad Keselowski said before the start of the 1-800-Car-Cash Mud Summer Classic at Eldora (Rossburg, Ohio) Speedway that one of the reasons he wanted to compete at the historic dirt track was to broaden his horizons.

It’s safe to say the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion accomplished just that.

Keselowski (@keselowski) got the full experience of competing on dirt in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Wednesday night.  He slid sideways, rubbed against the outside wall and kicked up dust and even found himself in position to score a top 10 finish as the race drew to a close.

Keselowski kicked the night off with a respectable third place finish in his qualifying race.  He started 11th and struggled to turn through the corners in the opening 60 lap segment.  Keselowski was 18th at the time of the first competition caution.  Crew chief Chad Kendrick chose not to pit and Brad lined up second when the race went green on lap 61.  Keselowski had his hands full during the next 50 lap run but stayed out of trouble.  He was 17thwhen he made a stop for four tires and adjustments during the second competition caution on lap 110.

When the final segment of the race went green, Keselowski steadily began to work his way through traffic.  He climbed into the top 10 by lap 128 and moved into ninth place one lap later.

He was 10th on lap 134 of the 150 lap event when he slid from the bottom of Turn 1 into the outside wall.  While bouncing off the outside wall has become common practice for the series at the half-mile dirt track, Keselowski’s contact sent him to the pits for repairs.  He was credited with a 28th place finish in the final rundown.

Start: 11

Finish: 28

Status: Running

Owner Standings: 06

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

Tyler Reddick – No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford 
F-150: “I wasn’t able to get the speed up to where I needed to be on that last restart.  But fortunately they all got bottled up and I was able to take advantage of it going into Turn 3 and I came out third.  Our Draw-Tite Ford F-150 was just too loose.  I was bouncing off the wall like crazy but that was the only way I could get any forward bite out of it.  We were too tight last year and too loose this time.  We were pretty good early and in the qualifying race.”
Doug Randolph – Crew Chief, No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford 
F-150:  It was a respectable night for everyone on the Draw-Tite team.  We executed very well with our pit stops and everything went really smooth.  It seemed like on the short runs we struggled a little bit but once they got strung out we were as fast as anybody.”

Brad Keselowski – No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150:  “I tried to pull a slide job late in the race and got into the fence.  That’s really a shame because we had just made our way back inside the top 10.  All the guys at BKR did a great job.  I think the balance on the Cooper Standard Ford F-150 pretty much stayed the same.  The big challenge I had was just trying to get it to turn.”  

Chad Kendrick – Crew Chief, No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150:  “I definitely think Brad got more accustomed to dirt racing as the night went on.  He did a great job behind the wheel of the Cooper Standard Ford F-150. We tried to mix things up and do a completely different strategy by pitting later in the race when everybody else’s tires were a little bit worn.  Everything was going to go like we wanted it to and then I think he tried to get a little too much and just got into the wall.”
MEDIA RECAP

Brad Keselowski did a live interview July 22 with Fox Sports 2 reporter Matt Yocum during practice at Eldora.  He also spoke with Fox Sports 1 reporter Vince Welch during the Setup show on Fox Sports 1.  Keselowski did live interviews with Motor Racing Networkbefore the race and immediately following his qualifying race.

Tyler Reddick spoke with Fox Sports 1 reporter Hermie Sadler during the Setup show prior to the start of the race plus a live interview with Motor Racing Network. He also did a live interview with Fox Sports 1 after winning his qualifying race.

Following this third place finish, Reddick did live interviews with Fox Sports 1 and Motor Racing Network plus participated in a post-race press conference inside the infield media center.  He also did a live call-in interview to Dialed In with host Claire B. Lang onSiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90.

Reddick did an interview July 15 with reporter Zack Albert for a feature story on NASCAR.com.  He also spoke with Fox Sports.comfor an Eldora feature story which ran July 20 plus did a live interview July 22 with The Morning Drive on SiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90.