Martinsville Speedway – Post Race Report

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No. 19 Race Recap

Tyler Reddick (@TylerReddick) remained in the thick of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship battle by scoring a fifth place finish in the Kroger 200 Saturday afternoon at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.
 Reddick grabbed his second consecutive top five and third top 10 in four starts at the .526-mile speedway.  He has an average finish of 8.00 at Martinsville and has completed all 914 laps. Tyler claimed his fourth top five finish in five short track races this season – best of any driver in the series.
Tyler is third is the series championship standings but gained five points and now trails the leader by just 13 points with three races remaining.  The driver of Brad Keselowski’s Checkered Flag Foundation Ford F-150 racked up his 11th top five this season.  Reddick kicked his race day off with a strong performance qualifying where he earned the fourth place starting position, his best in four Martinsville races.
Once the race started, Tyler ran among the leaders during the 200 lap event.  He was running fifth when he made his first scheduled pit stop for fuel and tires under the second caution on lap 36. Reddick restarted ninth when the race went green on lap 42 and 10 laps later was back inside the top five.  He was sixth following a restart on lap 82 and ran there until he made his final pit stop for four tires and fuel under the sixth caution on lap 123.  Speedy pit work moved Reddick up to fifth place when the race restarted on lap 129. Over the final 70 laps, Reddick stayed in the top five and cleanly picked his way through six cautions and six physical restarts.
Tyler lined up fifth for the final restart on lap 198.  He picked off fourth place off Turn 4 coming to the white flag and then dove inside Cameron Haley at the entrance to Turn 1 in an effort to take third.
Haley swerved to block Reddick’s move and the two made contact, sending both trucks up the track.  Cole Custer wedged his way under Reddick, pulled alongside off Turn 2 and edged Tyler for fourth place at the checkered flag.

Tyler Reddick – No. 19 Stoney Creek Records Ford F-150:

“I had a lot of fun in the Brad Keselowski’s Checkered Flag Foundation Ford F-150.  We were really fast all day long.  We just never got long green flag runs that we needed.  We were in really good position there at the end.  I tried to get around the 13 (Cameron Hayley) and I gave him all the room I had.  I hit the curb and messed us up and cost us a few spots in the end.  The race was about as clean as Martinsville can get.  I felt like we could run second or third but that’s how Martinsville can go.  Someone could have wrecked us on the last lap and we could have finished 20th.”

Doug Randolph – Crew Chief, No. Stoney Creek Records Ford F-150“We gained a handful of points and got a top five which is always our goal in the Brad Keselowski’s Checkered Flag Foundation Ford F-150.  There were so many trucks left on the lead lap it was really hard to do anything strategy-wise to make a difference because you know if you did something you had the opportunity to wind up 25th.  We never really had a long green run.  We’re getting down to the nitty gritty with three races to go and every point matters.”

 

No. 29 Race Recap

Most drivers will never forget their first start at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway and for Austin Cindric, it will be for all the right reasons.
Cindric (@AustinCindric) made his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut in the Kroger 200 and the young driver did an impressive job in his first series start and was in position to score a top 10 finish as the race drew to a close.
Cindric qualified a most respectable 14th on Saturday morning.  He was running just outside the top 10 when he made his first scheduled pit stop for four tires on during the second caution on lap 36.  Austin restarted 14th when the race went green on lap 42.
He was 12th when the fifth caution slowed the race on lap 86.  One lap later crew chief Chad Kendrick called his driver to the pit lane for four tires and adjustments.  Cindric restarted outside the top 25 when the green flag waved on lap 90.
Armed with fresh tires, Cindric began to work his way through traffic.  He climbed inside the top 15 at the time of the sixth caution on lap 122.  One lap later Austin pitted for four tires and adjustments.  Quick service by the Cooper Standard team moved him up to 13th place when the race went green on lap 129.
Cindric again went to work.  He climbed up to 10th by lap 140 and four laps later was ninth.  Austin had just picked off eighth place moments before the eighth caution flew on lap 157.  He restarted seventh when the race went green on lap 161 and was running sixth at the time of the ninth caution on lap 173.
As the race entered its closing laps, Cindric was seventh.  On lap 194 – just six laps from the checkered flag – Caleb Holman dove inside Cindric at the entrance to Turn 1.  The two made contact and the Cooper Standard Ford F-150 briefly slipped sideways.
Austin kept control of his truck until he was clipped by Erik Jones at the exit of Turn 2.  The contact from Jones turned Cindric into the path of Spencer Gallagher and the backstretch wall.  Austin did finish on the lead lap and was credited with a 25th place in the final rundown.

Austin Cindric- No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150

“I learned a ton this weekend.  I’m really grateful to Cooper Standard, Brad Keselowski and everyone at BKR.  It’s been a blast.  It’s unfortunate we got bumped around there at the end and ended up facing the wrong way.  I learned a lot and I hope to do it again sometime. I can walk away smiling because I know that we did all we could do and that’s all I can ask for.  Chad and I worked well together.  Every time I made a suggestion for what I needed he’d make the correct adjustment.  We found something pretty solid and that’s how I moved up through the field.”

Chad Kendrick – Crew Chief, No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150“Austin exceeded expectations all weekend.  From the first lap he got on the track up until that last incident he was improving and doing what he needed to do.  The way he came through the field was impressive.  He was very methodical and smart about it plus didn’t tear up his bumper doing it and passed like 16 trucks. Everything was going in the right direction for Austin and the Cooper Standard team but late in the race at Martinsville that kind of stuff happens.”