Las Vegas Post-Race Report

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19_drawtite

Driver:

Tyler Reddick

Starting Position:

15

Finishing Position:

15

Status:

Running

Owner Points Position:

7

Tyler Reddick (@tylerreddick), driver of the No. 19 Reese Towpower Ford F-150, finished the Rhino Linings 350 Saturday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway exactly where he started – in 15th position.

Reddick made a pit stop during the first caution of the race on lap 4 of the 146-lap event for a major chassis adjustment.  He restarted outside the top 20 when the race went green on lap 6 and steadily worked his way forward.  Reddick was 12th when the competition caution came out on lap 30.  He pitted on lap 32 for four tires and fuel and restarted 14th when the race went green on lap 35.

Tyler had moved up to 11th when he narrowly avoided disaster on lap 57.  He drifted up when a truck slowed directly ahead of him in Turn 4 to make a green flag stop.  Reddick avoided the slower truck but in doing so brushed into the truck of Jason White, sending White into the wall and bringing out the fourth and final caution of the race.  Reddick made extended stays on pit lane on laps 58 and 60 for cosmetic repairs to the right rear of his truck.

Reddick restarted 21st when the race went green on lap 61 and climbed up to 15th place by lap 68.  He was 16th when the final pit stop sequence began, this time a green flag cycle that started on lap 104.  Tyler was the last of the leaders to pit, taking the lead on lap 112 and pitting for the final time two laps later.  By lap 127 he had moved back to 15th place where he would finish.

Tyler Reddick – No. 19  Draw-Tite Ford F-150: “This was the first time all year that our Reese Towpower Ford F-150 has been unreal loose.  It was just really a handful.  I could run hard for a couple of laps but then I just had to kind of back it down.  All the guys on the team worked really hard in practice and during the race and we never gave up.  It was a difficult weekend but we’ll move on to Talladega.”

Doug Randolph – Crew Chief, No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford F-150: YOU STAYED OUT LATE ON THAT LAST RUN UNDER GREEN.  “We were within a second or so of going a lap down before everybody started pitting so we knew with a round of green flag stops that we were going to get lapped.  We were getting good fuel mileage and during the previous caution we had topped off with one to go.  We stayed out as long as we could hoping for a caution but that didn’t work out.”

 

29_Cooper

Driver:

Ryan Blaney

Starting Position:

1

Finishing Position:

6

Status:

Running

Driver Points Position:

3

Ryan Blaney (@RyanBlaney22),

Ryan Blaney (@RyanBlaney22), driver of the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150, won the 21 Means 21 Pole Award for Rhino Linings 350 Saturday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  He captured his second pole of the 2014 season and the fourth in 48 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts with a lap of 30.722 seconds, 175. 770 mph.

Blaney scored a sixth place finish in the race, his 12th top 10 in 17 races this season.  Ryan is third in the NCWTS championship standings, 27 points behind the leader.

Ryan led six of the first seven laps but quickly realized he had his hands full with a tight handling truck.  He was running fourth at the time of the competition caution on lap 30 of the 146-lap race.  Ryan pitted for four tires and a round of adjustments on lap 32 and restarted eighth when the race went back green on lap 35.

He fought his way up to fifth place when the fourth and final yellow slowed the pace on lap 57.  He stopped one lap later for tires and a round of adjustments and lined up seventh for the restart on lap 61.  Blaney worked his way up to sixth by lap 68 and stayed there until made his final stop under green on lap 104.

When the cycle was completed, Blaney was fifth.  He and Brian Ickler were locked in a tight battle for the position but Blaney’s tight handling condition forced him to settle for sixth place.

Ryan Blaney – No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150: ”I was really happy to win the pole because our guys on the team worked hard and did a good job during practice preparing for the race.  Our Cooper Standard Ford F-150 was just too tight during the race.  We came in a couple of times during the race and Chad made some pretty big swings at it but it was still too tight.  Our next race is at Talladega and a lot can happen there.”

Chad Kendrick – Crew Chief, No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150: ”Winning the pole was the highlight for us because I think it shows we have speed in our Cooper Standard Ford F-150.  I think we overcompensated a little bit thinking that the track was going to free up.  It just stayed tight all night and that got us way behind on adjustments because we were just way tighter than what we were expecting. We’d make gains on it but it would only last for 10 or 15 laps of a run.”