NCWTS Preview: Atlanta Motor Speedway

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Brad Keselowski Racing NCWTS Preview: Atlanta Motor Speedway

Keys To The Race:

●  Both drivers tested at Atlanta in January

●  Testing conditions were ideal, speeds were fast

●  Atlanta test important for laps on the track, working together as teammates

●  Last NCWTS race on current surface, last repaved in 1997

●  Worn surface = no grip

●  Manage tire wear, pass early in a run and maintain track position

●  When to change tires in final segment?

No. 19 Draw-Tite/REESE Brands Ford F-150 Team Notes

  • Austin Cindric will be making his eighth-career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start and his first at Atlanta on Saturday afternoon
  • The Active Pest Control 200 will be Cindric’s fifth start on an oval greater than one mile in length
  • The No. 19 Ford F-150 chassis driven by Cindric is named Murdock after A-Team TV show character H.M “Howling Mad” Murdock
  • Cindric’s career-best qualifying effort is second place (Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in 2016)
  • Ranks sixth in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings
  • BKR has two consecutive top-five finishes at Atlanta: fifth by Tyler Reddick (2015) and fourth by Daniel Hemric (2016)
  • BKR drivers have completed 779 of 780 possible laps in six previous Atlanta starts (99.87 percent)

Austin Cindric Quotes: “We learned a lot of stuff at the Atlanta test, and that was big for our Draw-Tite/Reese Brands Ford F-150 team. We checked off a lot of boxes, and the experience I got making long runs was pretty valuable. I think it’s good for me to understand the surroundings and be able to go out in the first practice session on Friday knowing what to expect as a driver. It will be a huge advantage in giving the best feedback possible.  I’m confident that we will have a lot of speed this weekend; we had time in the off-season to develop a few things and come up with new ideas, and now we put them all into action.”

No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150 Team Notes

  • Atlanta Motor Speedway will be Chase Briscoe’s second start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and first at an intermediate track
  • Enters Atlanta fresh off third-place finish in season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway – his first series start
  • Second in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings
  • Has two ARCA Racing Series wins at 1.5-mile racetracks: Chicagoland Speedway and Kansas Speedway
  • Won two poles at 1.5-mile tracks in ARCA competition in 2016: Kentucky Speedway and Kansas Speedway
  • DID YOU KNOW? The Active Pest Control 200 will be Briscoe’s first time racing in the state of Georgia
  • The No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150 will carry the Ford on-board camera at Atlanta

Chase Briscoe Quotes: “I’m really excited to get to Atlanta: We got to test there last month, and the entire team and I feel really confident in our Cooper Standard Ford F-150. It’s always fun for me to go to places I’ve never raced at before and learn the racetrack, so Atlanta has been one place I’ve had circled on the schedule since long before the season started. It’s known for having no grip, and you are sliding around a lot, so I really feel like that will play into a dirt guy’s background. Hopefully we can continue our momentum from Daytona and get our first win of the year early in the season.”