NCWTS Preview: Kansas Speedway


Brad Keselowski Racing NCWTS Preview: Kansas Speedway

Keys To The Race:

  • Smooth surface at Kansas Speedway means aggressive setups
  • Restarts and momentum are crucial on slick surface
  • Track position is critical, passing at a premium
  • 1.5-mile track performance is key: there are nine on 2017 schedule
  • BKR has historically been fast at Kansas

No. 19 PIRTEK Ford F-150 Team Notes:

  • PIRTEK Fluid Transfer Systems joins Brad Keselowski Racing as the primary sponsor of the No. 19 Ford F-150 driven by Austin Cindric at Kansas
  • Cindric will be making his 10th-career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start and first at Kansas Speedway
  • Scored a second-place finish in the Kansas 150 ARCA Racing Series event last October
  • Grabbed one win, one pole and finished sixth or better in all four ARCA starts in 2016
  • Best NCWTS qualifying effort in 2017 is third at Atlanta (career best is second place at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in 2016)
  • The No. 19 team has been busy during the break since Martinsville, participating in test sessions at Iowa (April 17-18) and Charlotte (May 2)

Austin Cindric: “It’s cool to have PIRTEK back on our No. 19 Ford F-150 for the first time this season. Kansas is one of the newer repaved tracks and I think it’s starting to get pretty raceable in several lanes. Chase and I actually had a 1-2 finish there in the ARCA race last fall. It’d be pretty neat to do that again, but flip flop it because I’d rather win. All we need is a good finish. We’ve run our course for drama in the first three races. With a lot of races coming up, there’s an opportunity for us to get some positive momentum.”

No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150 Team Notes:

  • Briscoe will make his first Kansas Speedway start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Friday
  • Kansas is the site of Briscoe’s last victory: he won from the pole there in the 2016 ARCA season finale
  • Scored three victories in ARCA competition on tracks 1.5 miles or over in 2016 (Pocono, Chicagoland and Kansas)
  • On May 10, Briscoe will visit Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant, which has produced the Ford F-150 since 1957
  • The Cooper Standard team will unload the same chassis (Maverick) that qualified fourth at Atlanta
  • Best finish in three NCWTS starts entering Kansas is third place in season-opening event at Daytona International Speedway
  • Ranks seventh in the NCWTS championship points, third in Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings

Chase Briscoe: “I can’t wait to finally get back to the racetrack after this long break. The ARCA race at Kansas Speedway was actually my most recent win, so it’s going to be nice going back to a place where I have some experience and success at, too. Even though the trucks handle a lot different than the ARCA cars, it never hurts to go back to someplace where you know you can win. All of our guys have been working really hard on our Cooper Standard Ford F-150s over the break, and I hope everyone will see all that hard work pay off this weekend.”