Flat Out: Briscoe & Cindric Ready for Wide-Open Run into Round of 6 at Talladega

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Brad Keselowski Racing NCWTS Preview: Talladega Superspeedway

Keys to the Race

  • Run at the front of the pack to avoid the Big One
  • Handling not as important at Talladega, which means two or no tires on pit stops might be an option
  • Drivers must keep an eye on the temperature gauge because engine overheating could be a factor
  • Practice laps will be minimal to keep trucks intact for the race
  • It’s all about execution: drivers must perform well on restarts while pit crews must excel on pit road
  • Very important for crews to pack fuel tank full on pit stops

No. 19 LTi Printing Ford F-150

  • Driver of the LTi Printing Ford F-150 enters the fred’s 250 at Talladega Superspeedway sixth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoff standings, eight points ahead of seventh-place Kaz Grala and 14 ahead of eighth-place John Hunter Nemechek. The top six drivers in the standings after Talladega will transfer into the Round of 6.
  • The No. 19 team enters Talladega fourth in Owner Points, 20 points ahead of seventh-place Kyle Busch Motorsports (No. 51) and 30 over eighth-place GMS Racing (No. 124). The top six owners in the standings after Talladega qualify for the Round of 6.
  • Fourth-place finish at Las Vegas was Cindric’s fourth top five on an intermediate speedway
  • Has nine top-10 finishes in the last 11 races
  • Will be making his 25th NCWTS start, second at Talladega (2016) and third at a restrictor-plate track
  • DID YOU KNOW? Tyler Reddick was first BKR driver to win a pole at Talladega (2014) behind the wheel of the No. 19 Ford F-150 prepared by crew chief Doug Randolph

Austin Cindric: “I know everyone at Brad Keselowski Racing has worked really hard to get our speedway trucks faster since Daytona. I’m looking forward to seeing the progress and hope we can put our LTi Printing Ford F-150 in position to run well and stay ahead of the mess. Talladega has more grip that Daytona, plus it’s wider with more banking. The big challenge is the tri-oval because it’s where accidents can happen. We need to make certain we’re comfortable in traffic and we’re able to draft well, because that’s crucial to having a successful race.”

No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150

  • Enters Talladega fifth in the NCWTS championship standings, 10 points ahead of the sixth-place cutoff
  • Tied for the lead in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings
  • Will be making his first NCWTS Talladega start
  • Has one previous start at Talladega – a third-place finish in 2016 ARCA Racing Series race
  • Scored third-place finish in 2017 NCWTS season-opener at Daytona International Speedway in his first restrictor-plate race in a truck
  • Primary Cooper Standard Ford F-150 is “Harry” – the same chassis that Briscoe drove in Daytona
  • Average combined superspeedway finish in NCWTS and ARCA is 3.3
  • Leads all drivers in laps completed (2702 of 2706, 99.85 percent)

Chase Briscoe: “I don’t think there’s anything you can do to really prepare to go into a Playoff cutoff race at Talladega, because there’s so much out of your control. We’ve got a 10-point buffer between us and the cutoff, and in the old system, you could feel relatively comfortable with that and just focus on having a clean race. The stages changed everything. There’s 20 points that you can gain or lose in those stage points, and that could be the difference between advancing or not, so we have to keep our Cooper Standard Ford F-150 up front the entire race. Everyone here is going to be praying that we can to stay out of the Big One, because you know it’s imminent. The guys who do that are essentially the ones who are going to get to the next round.”