Brad Keselowski Post-Race Report: Eldora Speedway
No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford F-150
Daniel Hemric (@DanielHemric) and his No. 19 Draw-Tite team overcame an early accident at Eldora Speedway, rebounding to finish in the top 10. Hemric continues to hold strong to third spot in the NCWTS championship standings, just two points behind second and 11 points behind the championship leader.
After starting 15th in the Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby, Hemric came back from a lap down in a damaged truck, ultimately running lap times as fast as the race winner before scoring an eighth-place finish in the only dirt race on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule.
After running in the top 10 in both of the weekend’s practice sessions, Daniel Hemric finished third in his qualifying race, putting him 15th for the green flag. Despite finding his truck to be extremely tight, Hemric was still able to beat and bang his way up to the 13th position by lap 37.
Unfortunately, on lap 39, an accident erupted in front of the No. 19 Ford F-150, and a hit from another truck caused Hemric to spin, making heavy right-side contact with another competitor stopped on the track. Severe damage required two pit stops to repair, and by the time Hemric returned to the racetrack on lap 43, he was scored in the 22nd position and down one lap to the leaders.
Fighting his way up to 19th and into the free pass position, a yellow flag on lap 53 put Hemric back on the lead lap, though still mired back in traffic at the end of the longest line.
However, Hemric was determined to find his way to the front of the field, fighting up to the 12th spot by the time a competition caution ended the second segment of the 150-lap race. After pitting for four tires, fuel and a track-bar adjustment, Hemric lined up in the 12th position for the final 60-lap shootout.
The racing grew more and more intense as the laps wound down, and in the final 15 laps, Hemric had finally broken into the top 10, running lap times consistently as fast as the leaders. Hemric battled through a wild final stretch, ultimately earning a hard-fought eighth-place finish. This was Hemric’s second top-10 finish at Eldora Speedway in two starts at the track.
Daniel Hemric – No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford F-150: “After everything we went through tonight, I am very happy to be walking away with a top-10 finish. If you would have told me when I had that big crash early in the race that I was going to finish eighth, I wouldn’t have thought it was possible. Our team made fast repairs to our Draw-Tite Ford F-150 to make it the best it could be. I had so much fun tonight, and by the looks of the grandstands, all of the fans did too.”
Chad Kendrick – Crew Chief, No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford F-150: “This race is always such a challenge, and as a crew chief, there is only so much you can do from the pit box. The track prep and the big block modifieds that raced before us changed everything up so much that we were starting back at square one. I’m proud of Daniel for the way he drove tonight, especially in those last 15 laps, and I’m also extremely proud of our Draw-Tite team for how we handled the challenges that were thrown at us this weekend. I’m so happy that we’ll be back on pavement next weekend in Pocono, and that’s somewhere this team has had a lot of success in the past.”
No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150
Tyler Reddick (@TylerReddick) turned in a solid performance in the Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race Wednesday night at Eldora (Rossburg, Ohio) Speedway, but was a bit crestfallen with his final result.
The driver of the Cooper Standard Ford F-150 scored a fifth-place finish but wanted to challenge for the victory. Reddick grabbed his second-consecutive top five at Eldora and gained ground in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings with his fourth top five of the season. He remains eighth in the Chase standings, nine points behind seventh-place Timothy Peters and 18 ahead of ninth-place Ben Kennedy.
Reddick kicked off his night in impressive fashion by logging the second-quick time in qualifying late Thursday afternoon. He started from the pole and led all 10 laps of his qualifying race, his second consecutive victory in the shootout races used to determine the starting lineup for the main event.
He started second in the 150-lap race and ran just behind the leader until the first caution on lap 22. Reddick fell in line fourth when the race went green on lap 27 and was running fifth at the competition caution which ended the first segment. He made his only stop of the race during the break for four tires and adjustments to his tight-handling Ford F-150 and restarted sixth on lap 43.
From there, Reddick picked his way through three cautions and the rambunctious restarts that followed to run third by lap 79, and he stayed there until the second and final competition caution slowed the race at the conclusion of 90 laps of racing. Reddick lined up third for the restart, but struggled to find speed on the inside lane and was shuffled back to seventh by lap 96.
From there, Reddick worked tirelessly to get back inside the top five. He picked off fifth position on lap 123 and was up to third on 128 when the ninth and final yellow slowed the pace. The race went green on lap 135 with Reddick saddled with the disadvantage of restarting again in the inside lane, but did a good job to fight his way back to fifth-place at the checkered flag.
Tyler Reddick – No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150: “It’s disappointing for sure. I really thought our Cooper Standard guys did a great job in practice and getting us in a good position to start the race. In practice, we were just really loose and today it was just so tight; it was really hard to do anything. We just really struggled. I feel like we’ve been in position to win this race for a few years now and we haven’t, so that’s frustrating.”
Doug Randolph – Crew Chief, No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150: “We felt like our Cooper Standard Ford F-150 ran better than fifth most of the night. The last couple of restarts were on the bottom and it didn’t quite work out for us. You just never know what the track is going to be when we’re here; sometimes the bottom works and sometimes it doesn’t. It just wasn’t working for us tonight. Tyler did a good job the last restart to hold his own and not lose any spots. I don’t think we can count on making the Chase on strictly on points. We’ve got to try to win a race and score points, and we just didn’t pull it off tonight.”