Las Vegas Motor Speedway Preview

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Reddick Ready for Las Vegas Rebound:

Tyler Reddick (@TylerReddick) will make his second NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start in the Rhino Linings 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  Reddick started and finished 15th in the 2014 edition of the race at the 1.5-mile superspeedway.  He enters the event third in the series championship standings, 19 points behind the leader.

Tyler Reddick Notes

  • His 465 points on superspeedways is the most by any NCWTS driver
  • Owns nine top five and 13 top 10 finishes in 17 races – average finish is 6.82
  • Led once for two laps in his lone Las Vegas start in 2014
  • Has completed 99.81 percent of the total possible laps this season – 2,575 of a possible 2,580 laps in 17 races
  • Both NCWTS wins have been on superspeedways – first series victory came in 2015 season opening race at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway while second career win came five races later at Dover (Del.) International Speedway

Sixth Superspeedway Start for Theriault:

The Rhino Linings 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will be the sixth superspeedway start for Austin Theriault (@AustinTheriault) in 2015.  Theriault scored a solid eighth place at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, his fourth top 10 finish in seven NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts this season.

Austin Theriault/Brad Keselowski Racing Notes

  • Best finish this season is a fourth place finish in season opening race at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway
  • Will be making his eighth NCWTS start this season
  • Has a respectable average finish of 9.42 through seven starts this season
  • Led once for nine laps at New Hampshire – the second race he has led in 2015
  • Claimed a fifth place finish at Texas Motor Speedway in his third career start (his second top five)
  • One Year Ago:  The No. 29 Cooper Standard team won the pole position at Las Vegas in 2014 with driver Ryan Blaney, one of two poles Blaney won last season

What they are saying

Tyler Reddick – No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford F-150:

“Las Vegas changes a lot from practice in the morning to when we race at night and it’s a challenge understand the swing that the track takes.  At night during the race the track really frees up, gets a lot more grip, and it gets a lot faster.  We must be better at predicting what type of setup it’s going to take to run well in the Draw-Tite Ford F-150.  We’ll look and some of our notes from last year and make sure we don’t make the same mistakes we did last year.”

Doug Randolph – Crew Chief, No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford F-150:

“As a company we’ve struggled recently at Las Vegas so we need to go execute that race better this weekend.  I feel like we’ve got a good direction to run well with the Draw-Tite Ford F-150.  You practice in the heat of the day and then you race at night.  Last year we were extremely loose especially the second half of the race.  Tyler has learned what he needs to feel in practice to be able to run well in the race plus we’ve learned a lot about that racetrack.”

Austin Theriault – No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150: F-150:

“Las Vegas is another track I haven’t been to before but hopefully we’ll continue the momentum from our good run at Loudon. Our goal is to go out there and put a good weekend together in the Cooper Standard Ford F-150 by having a solid effort from the first lap of practice through the last lap of the race. I want to work on getting better as a driver and adding information to my notebook that I can use throughout the remainder of the season.”

Chad Kendrick – Crew Chief, No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150:

“Las Vegas is very unique because we practice in the day and race at night. You’re usually pretty tight in the daytime then at night the front end grips but the rear doesn’t hold and you’re loose. There is a huge temperature swing between practice and the race. It’s like 100 degrees during the day but drops to down to 65 and that’s another challenge. The air out there just seems to have more dust and dirt particles in it. It’s been a challenging place for the Cooper Standard team for sure.”