Finishes Don’t Reflect Cindric and Briscoe’s Speed in Atlanta

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Brad Keselowski Racing Post-Race Report: Atlanta Motor Speedway

No. 19 REESE Brands/Draw-Tite Ford F-150 Team Recap

Austin Cindric came tantalizingly close to his first top-10 finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway. But those hopes were dashed by a late-race spin just four laps from the checkered flag.

Cindric qualified third and ran well during the opening segment, scoring a fifth-place finish at its conclusion. He made a four-tire pit stop on lap 43, but was penalized for an uncontrolled tire and was forced to restart in the 24th position. Cindric gained 11 positions during the second 40-lap segment, plus the Draw-Tite team gained another three positions during a round of caution-flag stops on lap 83. Cindric restarted 10th and battled for positions inside the top 10, bouncing from sixth to eighth as the event drew to a close. He and the No. 98 of Grant Enfinger were racing hard for eighth place when Cindric’s spin brought out the eighth and final caution on lap 126 of the 130-lap event. Following a two-lap sprint to the finish under green, Cindric was credited with a 21st-place finish in the final rundown.

Austin Cindric Quotes: “The end of this race was frustrating for sure. The No. 19 guys gave me a great Draw-Tite Ford F-150 for the race. In the end, it looked like the No. 98 (Enfinger) took the air off me. I was already light and that sent me around. I was lucky not to hit anything and save it. I had a lot of fun today; I was running against Cup regulars, side by side and door to door, and I learned a ton. I just wish we had a good finish to show for it. We had great pit stops late in the race, and that was a huge help to me when I had to move up through the field. We deserve to finish better than 21st, but we’ll move on to Martinsville.”

Starting Position: 3rd

Finishing Position: 21st

Status: Running

Segment Wins: 0

Laps Led: 0

Driver Points Standings: 19th

Points Behind Eighth-Place: 22

No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150 Team Recap

Rookie Chase Briscoe hoped to ride the momentum of his third-place finish at Daytona into Atlanta Motor Speedway for his second-career NCWTS start. Unfortunately, a flat tire derailed the BKR team’s hopes of victory early in the race.

The No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford paced the weekend’s opening practice and set top-three times in the remaining sessions. After earning a second-row starting position, Briscoe remained in the top five until lap 32, and was scored eighth at the conclusion of the first segment. Following a pit stop for four tires and an adjustment, Briscoe reported that he had a left-rear tire going down. Despite returning to pit road quickly, the deflated tire came off the wheel and became entangled in the wheel well, forcing multiple lengthy pit stops. Briscoe returned to the track three laps down, and despite running times consistent with the top five, the 22-year-old was condemned to a 25th-place finish.

Chase Briscoe Quotes: “Our finish tonight at tonight was really unfortunate. I had a fast Cooper Standard Ford F-150 this weekend; I believe we had a truck that was capable of winning the race. We had a flat left-rear tire after our first pit stop, and once the tire got wrapped up in there, it took us a while to get going again. It’s a part of racing; it was something we couldn’t control and can’t change. My Brad Keselowski Racing team did a great job and gave me such a good truck. If we do that week after week, that’s all you can ask for. We can only go on to Martinsville and hope to get a better result.”

Starting Position: 4th

Finishing Position: 25th

Status: Running

Segment Wins: 0

Laps Led: 0

Driver Points Standings: 8th

Points Behind Leader: 39