It’s Checkers and Wreckers For BKR Rookies at Daytona

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Brad Keselowski Racing Post-Race Report: Daytona International Speedway

No. 19 Draw-Tite/REESE Brands Ford F-150 Team Recap

 Austin Cindric’s (@AustinCindric) first-ever start at Daytona International Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series came to end shortly after it began. Cindric started 18th and had just completed the first lap of the race when he was involved in a 14-truck pileup at the entrance to Turn 1. The driver of the No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford F-150 was on the verge cleanly making it through the incident, but at the last instant, was hit in the right-rear by the spinning truck of Noah Gragson, sending him into the wall. Following the hard hit, which resulted in the No. 19 being towed to the garage, Cindric was credited with a 27th-place finish and ranks 23rd in the NCWTS championship standings.

Austin Cindric Quotes: “I sat back a little bit at the start of the race to get into the high line. We had a great run, and then a bunch of guys started to get into each other and we got collected. It’s one of those things; just superspeedway racing when guys are too aggressive on the first few laps. I was really excited for my second superspeedway race, because I spent a lot of time preparing for this weekend. I really want to be a student of the sport. I spent a lot of time with Joey [Logano] to watch and understand how the aero works at Daytona. I was really looking forward in applying what I learned, but we just got caught up in the wreck. We had a lot of people here from Draw-Tite and PIRTEK to support us, and I’m disappointed to only run one lap for them. We’ll do our best to bounce back strong next week at Atlanta.”

Starting Position: 18th

Finishing Position: 27th

Status: Accident

Segment Wins: 0

Laps Led: 0

Driver Point Standings: 23rd

Points Behind Eighth-Place: 24

No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150 Team Recap

Chase Briscoe’s (@ChaseBriscoe5) first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race was an exercise in patience, as the 22-year-old persevered through a wild, wreck-filled season-opener to finish third at Daytona International Speedway. Briscoe started 16th and spent much of the race in the less turbulent outside lane, avoiding the aggressive racing which led to four multiple-truck accidents. A fast Cooper Standard Ford F-150, solid pit strategy by veteran crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. and coaching by spotter TJ Majors put Briscoe in the third position on the final restart. The young driver methodically kept his Ford machine on the inside yellow line, which ultimately allowed him to narrowly avoid a dramatic 12-truck pileup and bring home a third-place finish in his debut with Brad Keselowski Racing.

Chase Briscoe Quotes: “My first Truck Series race was pretty wild from start to finish; this kind of racing will make your hair go white. I had a really fast Cooper Standard Ford F-150 all weekend, and everyone on the team did a great job. I honestly have no idea how we made it through that last big wreck. I felt like we were in a really good position on the last restart: we restarted third and kind of got bottled up on the bottom and lost track position. I just stayed tight to the line and got through it. My spotter, TJ Majors, was incredible. We got a few more spots and a solid finish by getting through that wreck, and my guys get to load up that truck in one piece, which is big. I want to apologize to Brad [Keselowski] and my teammate Austin Cindric; I am torn up about the fact that I had anything to do with that wreck at the beginning of the race that took Austin out. I hate it for everyone on the No. 19 team. Overall, to have my first start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with BKR in the Cooper Standard Ford was awesome. Hopefully we can head to Atlanta Motor Speedway next weekend and get BKR its first win of the season.”

Starting Position: 16th

Finishing Position: 3rd

Status: Running

Segment Wins: 0

Laps Led: 0

Driver Point Standings: 3rd

Points Behind Leader: 17