Brad Keselowski Racing Iowa Speedway Preview
No. 19 Oakmont Management Group Ford F-150
America’s Heartland: Daniel Hemric (@DanielHemric) heads to the Fastest Short Track on the Planet, Iowa Speedway, after earning his sixth top-10 finish of 2016 last week at Texas Motor Speedway. Hemric comes off his best starting position of the season (third) and is looking to continue his current streak of four-consecutive top-10 finishes. Hemric earned a top 10 last season in his first start at the 0.875-mile track.
Daniel Hemric Notes
Has one previous start at Iowa Speedway; started 13th and finished eighth in 2015.
- Hemric will be visiting Mercy Children’s Hospital and Clinics on Saturday, June 18 at 10:00 a.m. CT. This is his second visit with patients at the Des Moines facility.
- DID YOU KNOW? Daniel Hemric’s father, who entered him in his first go kart race at the age of five, will be attending the race with his son for Father’s Day weekend.
- Brad Keselowski Racing has led a total of 195 laps at Iowa Speedway and completed 99.7% of the 2,424 laps run in the team’s 12 starts at the track.
- Hemric currently sits fourth in the NCWTS Driver Point Standings, 26 points behind the leader
What They Are Saying…
Daniel Hemric – No. 19 Oakmont Management Group Ford F-150: ”Last year was my first experience at Iowa Speedway, so I’m going to take what I learned there last year and the momentum we are building here at BKR as an organization, and hope to go into this weekend and lock ourselves into the Chase. We are really confident in what we’re bringing to the racetrack, and with this only being the second time we’ve raced at a track under a mile this season, we plan to go there and show the strength of our short track program. My father is coming to the racetrack this weekend for Father’s Day, and he’s the person who bought me my first kart so I could get into racing; it would be really special to be able to get a win with him there.”
Chad Kendrick – Crew Chief, No. 19 Oakmont Management Group Ford F-150: “The most important thing to be fast at Iowa Speedway is getting our Oakmont Management Group Ford F-150 to turn really good in the center and get through the bumps. And to get it to turn good in the center you’re usually a little free in. It’s a balancing act of not being too free on entry but free enough through the center. Daniel and this team have been growing every week. I know we’re right on the verge of getting to Victory Lane and Iowa is certainly a place where we could do it.”
No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150
Reddick’s Hot Streak Continues: With his fifth-place finish June 10 at Texas Motor Speedway, Tyler Reddick (@TylerReddick) has now reeled off three-consecutive top-10 finishes entering the Speediatrics 200 Saturday night at Iowa Speedway. The driver of the Cooper Standard Ford F-150 has gained 10 positions in the series standings over the last four races, with an average finish of 7.25. He enters the Iowa race sixth in the series championship standings, 41 points behind the leader.
Tyler Reddick Notes
- Scored third-place finish at Iowa in 2015, equaling his best-career NCWTS short track finish (also placed third in 2015 at Eldora Speedway)
- Average finish in two previous starts at Iowa is 6.0
- Claimed a respectable ninth-place finish in first Iowa start in 2015
- Has completed all 400 possible laps in two races at the 0.875-mile oval
- Owns four top-five finishes in 10 career short track races
- DID YOU KNOW? Ryan Blaney scored the first NCWTS victory for Brad Keselowski Racing at Iowa Speedway in 2012
Tyler Reddick – No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150: “Iowa Speedway is a fun place to race because you can move around on the racetrack and find a groove that works for you. I like how worn, bumpy and abrasive the track is, and I just like how that place races. It’s a short track at heart, but at the same time, has the feel of a bigger racetrack. Aero plays a key role in the race. Track position is important. If you start up front, you’re probably going to be able to stay up front for most of a run. Last year, our Cooper Standard pit crew did a stellar job, and that’s so important to keep track position.”
Doug Randolph – Crew Chief, No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150: “The bump between Turns 1 and 2 gets progressively worse and worse every year. At every racetrack we go to, we’re trying to maintain the splitter as close to the track surface as we can. If you run a setup that holds it right down there, then it’s so rough it bounces your truck up the track. We have to back up on our thinking to more of a mechanically-compliant setup. The team that can figure all of that out and get across the bumps and keep his splitter down on the straightaways will have a huge advantage. We have to do a little homework here at the shop to make certain our Cooper Standard Ford F-150 adapts to that.”