Martinsville Post-Race

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Driver:

Tyler Reddick

Starting Position:

10

Finishing Position:

6

Status:

Running

Owner Points Position:

6

Tyler Reddick (@tylerreddick), driver of the No. 19 Broken Bow Records Ford F-150, scored a very respectable sixth place finish in the Kroger 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Saturday afternoon at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. Reddick claimed his sixth top 10 of the season in the 200 lap race. He grabbed Sunoco Rookie of the Race honors for the sixth time in 2014.

Reddick started 10th and did a nice job staying out of trouble early. He was running seventh when he made his first pit stop during the fifth caution for four tires on lap 104. He restarted back in 20th place when the race went green on lap 111 – mainly due to differing pit strategies employed by the competition.

On lap 129, Reddick was running outside the top 20 when then race was slowed by the seventh caution. Crew chief Doug Randolph chose to pit on lap 131 for four tires and the move worked well. The race went green on lap 135 and Reddick began to steadily working his way through the heavy traffic. By lap 158 he had climbed up to 10th place.

As his others’ tires continued to fade and the laps ticked off, Reddick continued moving forward. He moved up to seventh place by lap 188. Teammate Ryan Blaney slipped by for the position on lap 195 but Reddick quickly followed his teammate through traffic over the final five laps. He picked up two more spots in the process to claim sixth place at the checkered flag.

Tyler Reddick – No. 19  Broken Bow Records Ford F-150: ”From the very first run we could tell that our Broken Bow Records Ford F-150 was really good on the long runs. On that last restart there it was just really hard to do much and we just had to settle for sixth. We got behind my teammate Ryan Blaney there at the end. He had a little bit better tires than we did so I was able to follow him and gain two spots in the last couple laps and that was nice. I’m really proud of all of my guys at BKR. They did an outstanding job as did Team Penske’s over the wall crew who did a great job on pit stops.”

Doug Randolph – Crew Chief, No. 19 Broken Bow Records Ford F-150:   “Tyler drove a smart race in the Broken Bow Records Ford F-150. I think he truly understands what Martinsville is all about and how to make passes and he ended up with a really good finish. Everybody on the team did a good job.”

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Driver:

Ryan Blaney

Starting Position:

5

Finishing Position:

5

Status:

Running

Driver Points Position:

2

Ryan Blaney (@RyanBlaney22), driver of the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150, scored a fifth place finish in the Kroger 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Saturday afternoon at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. Blaney grabbed his 14th top five of the season in the 200 lap race. He is second in the NCWTS championship standings, 18 points behind the leader.

Blaney started fifth and quickly worked his way to the front, grabbing the lead on lap 18, holding the top spot through lap 34. Ryan was running eighth when he made his first scheduled pit stop during the fifth caution for four tires and adjustments on lap 104. Blaney restarted 17th in line when the race went green on lap 111 – mainly due to differing pit strategies employed by his competition.

Blaney narrowly avoided major trouble when he was involved in an accident that brought out the eighth caution of the race on lap 138. He tried to avoid the spinning truck of John H. Nemechek off Turn 2 and was hit on the right side. Ryan pitted under caution on lap 140 for tires and a quick check of the damage and restarted outside the top 20 when the race went green on lap 150.

From that point Blaney used his fresher tires to his advantage, steadily working his way through the heavy traffic. He moved inside the top 10 on lap 178 and passed his teammate Tyler Reddick to pick off seventh place on lap 195. On the final lap, he moved past Johnny Sauter to claim fifth.

Ryan Blaney – No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150: ”We got run over there that one caution when the 8 (Nemechek) spun. I tried to go outside and got hit in the right side really hard and spun out. I thought we were done. My toe (front end alignment) was all messed up (smiles). I was at least a half a turn off on my steering wheel. Luckily we got a good finish out of it and it’s something the Cooper Standard team can be proud of. We’re still right in this points race with three races to go.”

Chad Kendrick – Crew Chief, No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150: ”All in all, with getting spun out, I don’t think it’s a bad day. At the start of the race we thought we were going to get more and do more but all in all I can’t complain about it. I said when I came here that if we could do two points, whether it was two points behind the leader or two points ahead of him, either way, would be a successful day and we did that.”