Milestone Start, Championship Charge Highlight Team BKR’s Texas Weekend

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Brad Keselowski Racing Preview: Texas Motor Speedway II

Keys to the Race

  • New asphalt at Texas means consistent lap times
  • Turns 1 and 2 are now flatter, which forces drivers to lift
  • Biggest challenge for truck teams is how much throttle their driver can use through Turns 1 and 2
  • First race on repave in the spring saw more passing than after a typical repave
  • Less tire wear on new pavement means track position matters
  • Number of tires on a pit stop is determined by how much fuel you need
  • Tire wear wasn’t a factor in the spring race – crew chiefs expect the same this weekend
  • Vote Early and Often: Voting for the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Most Popular Driver continues. You can vote once per day, every day through the Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. To vote, visit www.TeamBKR.com/Vote 

No. 19 Fitzgerald Glider Kits Ford F-150

  • Driver of the Fitzgerald Glider Kits Ford F-150 enters the Jag Metals 350 at Texas Motor Speedway fifth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings, 11 points behind fourth-place Ben Rhodes and a spot in the Championship 4
  • Will be making his 27th NCWTS start and second at Texas
  • Claimed his 11th top-10 finish in the last 12 NCWTS races this past weekend at Martinsville Speedway
  • Four of Cindric’s six top-five finishes this season have been on tracks over one mile in length
  • The No. 19 team is fifth in the NCWTS Owner Playoffs, 24 points behind fourth place and a spot in the Championship 4
  • Has reeled off 11 top-10 finishes in 13 races since being sidelined by an accident at the June race at Texas
  • DID YOU KNOW? Tyler Reddick was the first BKR driver to win a pole at Texas (2014 fall race)

Austin Cindric: “I think Texas is probably our best chance to win a race. We ran really well there back in the spring, especially with my teammate Chase Briscoe almost winning the race. I felt like we had really good speed in our Ford F-150, so I’m excited to get back there this weekend. This is our last race in 2017 with Fitzgerald Glider Kits and I want to thank them for their support throughout the season. I hope we can cap things off with a great run Friday night at Texas.”

No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150

  • MILESTONE: Friday’s race at Texas Motor Speedway marks Brad Keselowski Racing’s 300th NCWTS start. The team’s two trucks will carry commemorative 300th start decals on the B-posts and both front and rear bumpers.
  • In the previous 299 entries, BKR has amassed 10 wins, 17 poles, 102 top fives and 168 top-10 finishes, with drivers leading 2,098 laps
  • BKR has made 25 previous starts at Texas, with 10 top-five and 15 top-10 finishes
  • Briscoe scored his first of three second-place finishes in the NCWTS at Texas Motor Speedway, currently his career-best. Briscoe came up just inches shy of his first victory when the series visited the 1.5-mile track in the spring
  • The No. 29 Cooper Standard team will unload “LT,” the same Ford F-150 Briscoe drove to top-five finishes at Chicagoland and Las Vegas
  • Won his third pole of 2017 last week at Martinsville Speedway with a 19.774-second qualifying lap (20th career start)
  • Has won more poles in a single season (three) than any other driver in BKR’s 10-year history
  • Intermediate tracks have been Briscoe’s forte in 2017: five of Briscoe’s seven top-five finishes and two of his three poles have been scored on tracks between one and two miles
  • Won twice on 1.5-mile tracks in ARCA last year (Chicagoland, Kansas)

Chase Briscoe: “I’m ready to get back to Texas. I feel like our mile-and-a-half program is where we are the strongest. Hopefully this time around the track is a little bit wider, because once Texas widens out, I think it will be an awesome race. We obviously had speed in our Cooper Standard Ford F-150 at the first race there in June and just came up a few inches short – literally. Hopefully we can bring back that speed this weekend.”