Homestead-Miami Post-Race Report

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Driver:

Tyler Reddick

Starting Position:

4

Finishing Position:

6

Status:

Running

Owner Points Position:

6

Tyler Reddick (@tylerreddick), driver of the No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford F-150, scored a sixth place finish in Friday night’s Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway. Reddick claimed his ninth top 10 finish of the season and grabbed Sunoco Rookie of the Race honors for the ninth time in 2014.

Reddick qualified fourth and ran solidly among the top 10 during the early stages of the 134 lap, 200 mile event. He climbed back inside the top five after a sequence of pit stops following the fourth caution on lap 72.

Tyler lined up fifth when the race went green on lap 109 following the sixth caution. Two laps later Reddick stacked it three-wide in Turn 2 racing for fourth place. The No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford F-150 slipped sideways and spun off the corner but fortunately didn’t hit a wall or one of his fellow competitors. Reddick pitted on lap 112 for four tires and restarted 21st when the race went green on lap 114.

From there the Reddick rally was on. Over the next 20 laps he sliced his way through traffic, gaining a total of 15 positions. He grabbed 10th place on lap 121 and picked off sixth position on the final lap of the race to earn his ninth top 10 finish.

Despite a red hot late season stretch that saw Reddick rack up seven top 10 finishes in his last eight starts (plus win two pole positions), he came up just short in the battle for Sunoco Rookie of the Year. Reddick and Ben Kennedy tied in the final rookie points with Kennedy earning the tiebreaker due to a better finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings.

Tyler Reddick – No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford F-150: ”I had a really good Draw-Tite Ford F-150 and just got a little too antsy and tried to get up there and challenge the leader and got in trouble. We seemed to bounce around with too tight and too loose and I feel like the last stretch of the race we really got it figured out. We just didn’t have track position and had too much ground to make up and just ran out of time. I was really hoping for a caution there at the end of the race but it never came. Everybody on the team worked their tails off all year long. We got another top 10 finish but I was hoping to get in the top five. All we needed was one more spot and we could have been rookie of the year. We were close but not close enough.”

Doug Randolph – Crew Chief – No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford F-150: ”We had a good night in the Draw-Tite Ford F-150. I give Tyler credit because he’s trying to make it three-wide and pass some of the best out there. He came in after he spun and we put tires on and Tyler was determined to get right back in there and that was an incredible rally. We thought we deserved a top five and man we were really close to getting there and it was a fun night. Tyler raced in the top five a lot and with some of the Cup drivers so that helped his learning curve. Our job is to give him a fast truck and let him go out there and learn and it’s fun to watch. The nice thing is when we had a mistake he overcame adversity. Those are the traits that we’re going to need next year to run for a championship.”

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Driver:

Ryan Blaney

Starting Position:

2

Finishing Position:

5

Status:

Running

Driver Points Position:

2

Ryan Blaney (@RyanBlaney22), driver of the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150, scored a fifth-place finish in Friday night’s Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway, his 12th top five of the season. Blaney finished the season 21 points behind the leader in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings but his night in south Florida was anything but uneventful.

Blaney started second but wrestled an inconsistent truck during the first half of the 134-lap, 200-mile race. He was running fifth when the fourth caution of the race came out on lap 71, setting up a round of caution flag pit stops one lap later. Blaney pitted for four tires and adjustments but was slow leaving his pit stall – the victim of a broken shifter. He restarted 14th when the race went green on lap 75.

Ryan had climbed up to 10th place by lap 79 and was eighth when the fifth caution slowed the race on lap 100. Ryan pitted on lap 101 for four tires and adjustments plus a pair of vice grips for their driver to attach to the shifter handle, which Blaney did under caution. He lined up fourth when the race went green on lap 104.

The sixth caution of the race slowed the field on lap 106. Blaney restarted fourth on lap 109 and two laps later teammate Tyler Reddick spun off Turn 2, bringing out the seventh and final caution. Ryan restarted third for the final 20 lap sprint to the finish. He aggressively battled for positions inside the top five, even briefly going three-wide for the lead on lap 119. As the laps ticked away so did his truck’s improved handling characteristics but he held on for fifth place when the checkered flag waved.

Ryan Blaney – No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150: ”We struggled all night – just no grip to get it to where we needed to run. Chad Kendrick worked on it all night and really made it better. I couldn’t believe how good the Cooper Standard Ford F-150 was there when we were battling for the lead. That was a lot of fun there at the end. I can’t say enough about these guys at BKR. They did a great job for me and I want to thank them for a great year. I’m thankful for the past two years at BKR. Brad Keselowski has done a lot for me.”

COMMENT ON THE SHIFTER PROBLEMS: “It broke right at the base, right at the weld, and we’ve never had that all year. We’ve got to figure out what happened. It might have been a crack in the shifter already. That was kind of tough but luckily I got the vice grips on there and it stayed.”

Chad Kendrick – Crew Chief – No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150: ”Ryan did a great job dealing with a broken shifter and I don’t know how he did that. The in-truck camera in the Cooper Standard Ford F-150 paid off because we had him hold up the piece so we could tell where it broke. We were going to try to just change it. We knew we’d definitely lose a ton of track position, maybe a lap doing it, so he said he would deal with it (smiles). When we were able to finally give him a pair of vice grips he got ‘em on there and got it right. He knows enough mechanically about how to work on stuff to be able to do that.”