Martinsville Post-Race Report

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19_bbrecordsTyler Reddick (@TylerReddick), driver of the No. 19 Broken Bow Records Ford F-150, made his first career Martinsville Speedway start for Brad Keselowski Racing (BKR) on Sunday evening during the 16th annual Kroger 250.

Reddick rolled off the starting grid in the 17th position based on practice speed. On lap 34 the caution waved for a spin, and Crew Chief Doug Randolph took the opportunity to call the Broken Bow Records Ford F-150 to pit road for four tires, fuel and a major track bar adjustment. Reddick entered pit road in the 24th position and left in 18th place after an excellent stop by the 19 pit crew.

Reddick raced with skill against NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) veterans in the middle portion of the race. When the caution waved on lap 123 Reddick was happy with his Ford, and Randolph elected to stay out to maintain 17th place track position.

Another caution was called on lap 228 and Reddick pitted for four sticker tires. Through multiple green-white-checkered finishes Reddick was able to bring the Broken Bow Records Ford F-150 home relatively unscathed in 16th place.

The No. 19 BKR team currently sits 13th in the unofficial NCWTS owner points standings, 22 points back from first. Joey Logano returns to the Reese Towpower Ford F-150 at the next NCWTS stop in Kansas on May 9th.

The Broken Bow Records BKR team did an excellent job preparing for this race. Today was a great learning experience at Martinsville, which is such a unique and technical track. I’m looking forward to taking what we learned today and applying it to the October race.”- Tyler Reddick

29_CooperRyan Blaney (@RyanBlaney22)driver of the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150, made his second start of the season for Brad Keselowski Racing (BKR) on Sunday night during the Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway.

Blaney was a frontrunner and contending for the lead throughout the race. When the caution flag waved for the first time on lap 34, Crew Chief Chad Kendrick called Blaney in for a four tire and fuel pit stop. The Cooper Standard pit crew had a great pit stop, but Blaney was blocked in by the truck ahead of him, and restarted in 7th place.

Blaney picked off trucks one at a time, and led the race form laps 101-104. By lap 175, and through several outside line restarts, the 29 truck had fallen back to 7th place. On lap 225 the caution waved and Blaney found himself in the 10th position. Through some aggressive and outstanding maneuvers, the Cooper Standard Ford F-150 wound up with a top 5 finish.

The No. 29 BKR team unofficially sits 4th in the NCWTS driver and owner point standings, 4 points back from first. Blaney returns to the 29 truck for the next scheduled NCWTS race in Kansas, and will be making his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut for Team Penske in Kansas as well.

“It was a good finish for our Cooper Standard BKR team today. We were just not good enough on older tires to contend with the top three today. I’m really excited for this season with Cooper Standard, our team has a lot of chemistry right now and I’m ready to get back to the track.” – Ryan Blaney