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19_drawtite

Driver:

Tyler Reddick

Starting Position:

7

Finishing Position:

13

Status:

Running

Owner Points Position:

9

 

Tyler Reddick (@TylerReddick), driver of the No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford F-150, scored a 13th place finish in Saturday night’s Drivin’ Ford Lineman 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park.

Reddick’s day began with a solid performance in qualifying. He advanced to the third and final round and earned the seventh place starting position among the final 12 drivers. Even more impressive was the fact that Reddick made an extra run in the second session overcoming the track’s worn and abrasive surface.

On the initial start of the race Reddick experienced mechanical problems that left him with only fourth gear for nearly the entire race. Reddick and the team fought through those issues to post a respectable 13th place finish on the lead lap and ran lap times comparable to the leaders during much of the race.

One additional highlight for Reddick was the fact led the race once for two laps, the first time he has led a lap in six career NCWTS starts.

Cequent Performance Products hosted approximately 200 guests at Saturday’s race, many from www.ETrailer.com which also served as an associate sponsor on the No. 19 Ford F-150.

Tyler Reddick – No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford F-150: “On the initial start when I went from second to third it just kind of went in and popped back out and when I went to third there was nothing left.  It just kind of went in and popped back out.  On the next restart I thought I missed a shift but it turns out I didn’t have third gear.  We had good speed in the race and ran some really good, fast laps.  To finish where we did on the lead lap was a pretty good considering everything we had to manage.  We had a really good truck in qualifying.  Doug and all the guys did a great job preparing the truck.  We made an extra run in that second session but we were able to advance to the final round.”

Doug Randolph – Crew Chief, No. 19 Bulldog Ford F-150: “Tyler learned a lot and he really put it all together in qualifying.  In the second qualifying session he got a little loose.  It’s really hard to go out there on older, hotter tires and lay down another lap but he did.  He did a good job in the final round to qualify seventh with two to three laps more on tires than a lot of those guys.  There at the start of the race something started going wrong in the transmission and it kept getting worse but we ran very competitive lap times in the race.”

29_Careers

Driver:

Ryan Blaney

Starting Position:

14

Finishing Position:

7

Status:

Running

Driver Points Position:

5

Ryan Blaney (@RyanBlaney22), driver of the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150, scored a seventh place finish in Saturday night’s Drivin’ For Linemen 200 at Gateway Motorsports Park. Blaney grabbed his fifth top 10 finish in seven starts this season and moved to within 17 points of the lead in the series championship standings.

But it certainly was challenging. During the opening segment of the race Blaney’s truck was a bit of a handful to drive. On lap 16 he and crew chief Chad Kendrick chose to pit for adjustments and fuel, hoping to improve its handling characteristics

The move paid off in more ways than one. A timely caution during a cycle of green flag stops on lap 64 gave Blaney track position he lost early in the race. He was running second at the time and was able to pit on lap 67 for tires and adjustments.

From that point Blaney ran solidly among the top five. He survived two chaotic restarts over the final 14 laps including the final one on lap 157. He lined up fifth and got squeezed low on the backstretch but held on to finish seventh.

Ryan Blaney – No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150: “The Cooper Standard Ford F-150 was a handful early in the race but we caught a break when that caution came out because we made up a lot of track position.  We were able to run around the top five from there.  Toward the end of the race things got a little crazy but we came home in one piece and gained ground in the points.”

Chad Kendrick – Crew Chief, No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150: “We made a lot adjustments and Ryan stayed up on the wheel for us.  All in all it was a good night. We took advantage of an early caution to pit and work on it.  I knew we had to do something different. Everybody started making green flag pit stops and the caution came out and that got us where we needed to be.  We got up in the top five and stayed there for the rest of the night.  We were fifth with three laps to go on that last restart and we couldn’t ask for much more with the way the night started out.  At the start of the race we were just way too tight.  The restarts were where you had to get it.  That’s why there at the end of the race you saw people being really aggressive and three-wide, hitting people and roughing people up.”