Homestead-Miami Speedway – Post Race Report

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No. 19 Race Recap:

In the moments following the Ford EcoBoost 200 Friday night at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway, one could easily have understood if Tyler Reddick (@TylerReddick) showed a bit of frustration.

The driver of the Stoney Creek Records Ford F-150 had just fallen 15 points shy of  capturing his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series title despite the fact the young driver had a series best 14 top five finishes, including a third place effort at Homestead.
Though young in age, Reddick handled the disappointment with the poise of a veteran.  He sincerely thanked partners Broken Bow Music Group, Cequent and Ford Performance plus praised Roush Yates Engines and his Brad Keselowski Racing teammates.  He then spoke about what he can do to improve and make an even stronger run at the title in 2016.
The Ford EcoBoost 200 was in many ways a reflection of Reddick’s 2015 season.  He qualified fourth and ran among the top three for the majority of the 134 lap, 200 mile event.  Tyler ran third during the early stages of the race and was up to second when he made his first scheduled pit stop under green on lap 49 for four tires and adjustments.  When the pit sequence was complete on lap 52, Tyler was fourth in the running order.
Reddick was up to third when the second yellow flag slowed the pace on lap 61.  Two laps later he made his second stop for four tires and adjustments.  Excellent pit work put Tyler third when the race restarted on lap 66.
He remained third through the third caution on lap 75 but when the race went green on lap 78 he began to battle a loose handling truck.  Reddick made a pit stop under the fourth and final caution on lap 84 for four tires and adjustments.  A variety of pit strategies among the leaders shuffled him back to ninth place when the race restarted on lap 88.
He sliced his way through traffic moments after the green flag waved on lap 89 to grab fourth position.  Within one lap he had picked off third and on lap 94 he was up to second place.
By lap 108 Reddick found himself in a close battle with John Hunter Nemechek for second.  The two raced hard before Tyler settled into third position on lap 110.  Over the final 24 laps Reddick couldn’t mount another challenge and was forced to settle for a third place finish.
Tyler Reddick – No. 19 Stoney Creek Records Ford F-150“Our guys at Brad Keselowski Racing had a great effort all year long and I’m really proud of them.  We knew that we were going to have to lead some laps and win the race tonight to have a chance to win the championship. Our Stoney Creek Records Ford F-150 was great tonight and our team did a great job all year long. I’ve got to thank everyone at BBR Music Group and Cequent for their support this season.  Unfortunately, we didn’t win the championship.  We had a great year but just came up a little short.  Championships are won being consistent week in and week out.  Next year we’ll improve our consistency we’ll be fine.”
Doug Randolph – Crew Chief, No. 19 Stoney Creek Records Ford F-150“Tyler did a great job and everyone on the Stoney Creek Records Ford F-150 team did all the things necessary to get third place.  The race last night was everything we’ve been trying to do all season.  Any other time we’d be happy with the finish but it just wasn’t what we needed.  I feel that we met or exceeded a lot of the goals we set at the beginning of the season regarding wins and top fives.”

No. 29 Race Recap:

 

Austin Theriault (@AustinTheriault) was back behind the wheel of the Cooper Standard Ford F-150 in the Ford EcoBoost 200 Friday night at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway.  After being sidelined since an October crash at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the young driver erased any doubts about his health or ability during the 134 lap, 200 mile race.
Theriault raced three-wide in traffic while battling for position and nicked the outside SAFER barrier in an effort to squeeze every bit of speed possible out of his truck.  He was rewarded with a respectable 12th-place finish but like a true racer, the Fort Kent, Maine native was hoping for a better result, saying he wanted to post a top 10 finish in the season finale.
Theriault earned the 18th place starting position during qualifying after his truck skated loose between Turns 3 and 4.  He held his ground during the opening laps of the race but steadily began to move closer to the front.  Austin was up to 15th position by lap 25 but was hindered by a truck that was simply too free.  Theriault made his first scheduled pit stop under green on lap 41 for four tires and adjustments.
He remained 15th after the cycle of stops was complete but moved up to 14th when the second caution slowed the race on lap 62.  Theriault pitted one lap later for four tires and adjustments.  Excellent pit work moved him up to 13th position when the race went green on lap 66.
The third caution slowed the race on lap 75 and Theriault immediately pitted for four tires and adjustments.  He restarted 15th when the green flag waved on lap 78 and immediately began to move forward.  Austin was up to 12th place when the fourth and final yellow waved on lap 84.  A mix of strategies among the leaders moved Theriault up to fifth when the race went green on lap 88.
Despite only a handful of laps difference between his tires and others on the lead lap, Theriault, despite his best efforts, couldn’t stay among the top 10.  He was 14th on lap 99 but picked off 13thplace on lap 104.
The final 30 laps featured intense racing between Theriault, Spencer Gallagher and Cameron Hayley for positions just outside the top 10 with the trio going three wide at the entrance to Turn 1 on lap 114.  As the event entered its closing laps Austin was able to hold on to 12th position.

 

Austin Theriault – No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150“Homestead is such a challenging track because the tires wear out so much and the track loses a lot of grip throughout a run.  It’s difficult to make up any lost positions.  We had some good battles throughout the night.  I found the wall a couple times trying to find the limits.  Overall I was a little disappointed with the finish because I think we definitely had a top 10 truck.  I was just happy to return to the driver’s seat of the Cooper Standard Ford F-150 before the end of the year. I owe a big thanks to all the medical personnel who helped me get back to competition.  I was pleasantly surprised by how I felt after the race.”
Chad Kendrick – Crew Chief, No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150“I thought Austin did a really nice job behind the wheel of the Cooper Standard Ford F-150.  I know everyone at Brad Keselowski Racing was happy to see him back behind the wheel this weekend.  Homestead is just a really tough place especially for someone like Austin who’s never raced there before.  We were just a little too loose in qualifying and that’s a shame because I felt like we could have started closer to the front.”