Martinsville Speedway I Preview

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Brad Keselowski Racing Pre-Race Report

No. 19 California Clean Power Ford F-150

Clocking In: Daniel Hemric (@DanielHemric) enters the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway fresh off his first top-five finish of the 2016 season, a fourth-place effort Feb. 27 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.  The 250-lap event is the first short-track race of the 2016 season.  One year ago, crew chief Chad Kendrick and driver Joey Logano won at the 0.526-mile speedway, leading 150 of 258 laps.

 Daniel Hemric Notes

  • Second in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) championship standings, just one point behind the leader
  • Made his first-career NCWTS start at Martinsville in the fall of 2013
  • Has more starts at Martinsville (three) than any other track on the NCWTS schedule – best start is fifth (fall 2015)
  • DID YOU KNOW?  The average running position for Logano in the 2015 spring race at Martinsville was 1.640
  • The win by Logano at Martinsville was the first by Brad Keselowski Racing at the Virginia half-mile track and the company’s third short-track victory since the team was formed in 2008

Daniel Hemric – No. 19 California Clean Power Ford F-150: “I always look forward to racing at Martinsville.  As someone who grew up short-track racing, Martinsville is a place I feel like I can excel, plus I have a lot of experience there.  Chad Kendrick and my guys won there last year with Joey Logano and it gives me a lot of confidence going into the weekend.  I know we’re excited to get back to the racetrack with our California Clean Power Ford F-150 and show everybody what we’ve got.”

 Chad Kendrick – Crew Chief, No. 19 California Clean Power Ford F-150: “Our California Clean Power team feels really confident going into this weekend’s race in Martinsville. We won the spring race with Joey Logano last year, and I believe Daniel can get the job done.  We built a brand new Ford F-150 for this race and I think it’s even better than the truck we won with last year. I really like the spring race at Martinsville because it’s 50 laps longer than what we run in the fall and the driver has to manage equipment a little bit more, which plays into Daniel’s strengths.”

No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150

Martinsville Momentum: Tyler Reddick (@TylerReddick) is riding the momentum of three consecutive top-10 finishes in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) competition at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.  Reddick has finished sixth or better in the three events dating back to October 2014 and hopes to add to the total in the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 on Saturday afternoon.  He currently sits 14th in the series championship standings.

Tyler Reddick Notes

  • Made up two laps to post a 14th-place finish on the lead lap on Feb. 27 at Atlanta Motor Speedway
  • Completed all 914 possible laps in four previous Martinsville starts
  • Average finish in four previous Martinsville races is a respectable 8.00
  • Best finish at the 0.526-mile speedway is fifth-place (twice, most recently in October 2015)
  • Best qualifying effort is fourth-place (October 2015)
  • Owns six consecutive top-10 finishes on short tracks dating back to October 2014

Tyler Reddick – No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150: “My challenge is to make sure our Cooper Standard Ford F-150 is fast right off the bat in the first practice at Martinsville, because in the past, it’s taken me a while to get up to speed.  We want to start off on the right foot and make sure we’re good in qualifying trim.  If you’re off a little bit in qualifying, it can be pretty easy to go a lap down, especially if you get moved around and shuffled to the back of the line.”

Doug Randolph – Crew Chief, No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150: “Martinsville is very technical and very difficult track, and it’s not a place that’s in Tyler’s comfort zone yet.  Every time we’ve been there, by the time the race ended, Tyler was as good as anybody.  I think he has a better understanding now about getting up to speed immediately and building from there instead of trying to get back to where we were last race.  We need to keep the Cooper Standard Ford F-150 fast all weekend.  That’s our big challenge this week.”