No. 19 Race Recap:
Tyler Reddick experienced a little bit of everything in the Toyota Tundra 250 Friday night at Kansas Speedway. The driver of the No. 19 Broken Bow Records Ford F-150 rebounded from an accident in qualifying only to have a chance to win the race thwarted by a lack of Sunoco race fuel.
A “scary loose” truck had Reddick (@TylerReddick) spinning off Turn 2 in qualifying and he was hit by teammate Austin Theriault. The incident in qualifying forced the team to hastily prepare a backup No. 19 Ford F-150 for the race. Tyler started at the rear of the 32 truck field when the green flag waved to start the 167 lap race where he quickly moved up through traffic – despite zero practice time in his backup.
Reddick showed the strength of his Broken Bow Records Ford F-150 truck on lap 47 with a power move on a restart following the second caution of the race. He went from sixth to third in just one lap and stayed there until the third caution waved on lap 67. One lap later he pitted for four tires and adjustments and restarted seventh (some of his competitors chose a two tire strategy).
When the race went green on lap 71, once again Reddick went to work picking off positions. He climbed back to third place as the race passed the 100 lap mark. He pitted for four tires and adjustments on lap 112 during the fourth and final caution of the race. Outstanding pit work gave Reddick the lead on lap 113 and he held the top spot the next three laps before settling into second place after the restart. With fuel mileage a concern among the leaders, Reddick employed a strategy of trying to pressure race leader Erik Jones into running hard and consequently using more fuel.
The strategy nearly paid off with a win. On lap 162 Jones slowed, the victim of a dry tank, giving Reddick the lead. He held the top spot for the next three laps until he ran out on lap 165, just two laps from the checkered flag, leaving him with a 13th place finish. Reddick is second in the series championship standings, 17 points behind the leader.
Doug Randolph – Crew Chief, No. 19 Broken Bow Records Ford F-150: “We knew we were close on fuel mileage. The closer you get to the front the more fuel you burn. We were in a position that we had to really push the Toyotas to hopefully run them out of gas and not run ourselves out in the process. It was the move we had to try to make to win this race in the Broken Bow Records Ford F-150. It just didn’t quite work out for us. I’m really pleased with our whole organization at Brad Keselowski Racing. To have two backup trucks compete as great as they did is a credit to all the guys and how hard they work and how prepared they are.”
No. 29 Race Recap:
There will be better days for Austin Theriault.
Theriault claimed a 14th place finish in the Toyota Tundra 250 Friday evening at Kansas Speedway, experiencing a most challenging day at the 1.5-mile speedway.
After posting the seventh best speed in final practice Thursday afternoon, Theriault was involved in an accident during qualifying with teammate Tyler Reddick. Reddick spun off Turn 2 and Theriault, with no place to go, ran directly into him. The incident forced the team to quickly prepare a backup No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150 and Theriault started the 167 lap race from the rear of the 32 truck field.
From the opening laps of the race it was clear that Theriault (@AustinTheriault) would have his hands full with a tight handling truck. He and crew chief Chad Kendrick made an early stop during the first caution on lap 13 for a chassis adjustment and fuel. But when the race went back green two laps later it was still a handful for the young driver who kept a cool head under difficult circumstances.
On lap 42 Theriault spun off Turn 4, bringing out the second caution. He avoided contact with the wall and his fellow competitors with an amazing save but fell a lap down to the leaders. Theriault pitted on lap 44 for four tires and adjustments. When the race went green on lap 47 the handling condition on his truck didn’t immediately improve.
Crew chief Chad Kendrick and the team kept making adjustments at every opportunity (they also pitted for four tires and adjustments during the third caution on lap 69). During their final stop on lap 113 the team hit on a setup that greatly improved Theriault’s lap times. Over the final 52 laps the young driver ran lap times comparable to those inside the top 10 but even with the improvement it was too late to improve Austin’s finishing position. But with no prior NCWTS experience on intermediate size tracks prior to Kansas, what he learned will be valuable in next start at Texas Motor Speedway.
Austin Theriault – No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150: “It’s always unfortunate when you bring a good truck to the track and you’re not able to compete with it and you have to go to your backup. I felt like we took the first round of qualifying conservative. The truck was loose so we made some changes. I just didn’t have anywhere to go. Everyone on the Cooper Standard team did a great job getting everything for the race and that shows the strength of our team at Brad Keselowski Racing. We made a few changes during the race that probably didn’t help us. I put myself in a situation coming off of Turn 4 where a guy was hugging my right rear and it just snapped around and got loose on me. We’ll build on it and move forward.”
Chad Kendrick – Crew Chief, No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150: “We fought extremely tight the whole race with the Cooper Standard Ford F-150 but that last run we got it where it was decent. Austin was actually running lap times equal to or better than sixth to eighth. We’ll learn from it and get better. I know every time we leave the shop for a race that we load up two really well prepared trucks. It’s definitely a credit to all the guys at Brad Keselowski Racing and what they do to get both teams to the track.”
Reddick was a special Race Hub guest May 6 on Fox Sports 1 to preview the upcoming NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Kansas.
Reddick and crew chief Doug Randolph participated in an interview May 4 for Raceline. The television show airs on 98 stations nationwide plus local regional sports networks.
Austin and Tyler participated in a media availability session April 22 during a test session at Kansas Speedway. Local media outlets in attendance were the Kansas City Star, Yahoo! Sports, KMBC-TV, Racinboys.com and WHB Radio.
Austin and Tyler did an interviews April 13 with Skip Clayton for the Racing Wrap radio show on Levittown. Pa., station WBCB.
Reddick did an interview April 13 with reporter Ashley McCubbin for the OnPitRoad.com website
Theriault participated in an interview April 15 with reporter Kyle Pokrefky for TheFourthTurn.com website.
|Starting Position||22||Starting Position||23|
|Finishing Position||13||Finishing Position||14|
|Driver Points Position||2||Owner Points Position||6|
|Points Behind Leader||-17||Points Behind Leader||-36|