NCWTS Preview: Daytona International Speedway

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Brad Keselowski Racing NCWTS Preview: Daytona International Speedway

Keys To The Race

● Daytona sets the tone for 2017
● The segments change the game
● Stay out of trouble
● Restrictor plate experience a plus
● Trucks drive differently than ARCA cars

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

  • Austin Cindric will be making his seventh-career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start in the NextEra Energy Resources 250 and his first at Daytona International Speedway
  • Has one previous restrictor plate start at Talladega Superspeedway (2016)
  • Best career qualifying effort is second place (Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in 2016)
  • Doug Randolph, Cindric’s crew chief, led the No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford F-150 team to victory in the 2015 race at Daytona with driver Tyler Reddick – the first Daytona win for BKR
  • A BKR driver has led the most laps in the past two NCWTS races at Daytona: Austin Theriault (31 laps in 2016) and Reddick (46 laps in 2015)

Austin Cindric Quotes: “The number one thing I learned in my first restrictor plate race at Talladega last year is how important it is to stay out of trouble. That’s far easier said than done, but if we can do that, we can easily get a top-10 finish with our Draw-Tite Ford F-150. You hear guys talk about just riding on the bottom, but you’re never just riding at a superspeedway. Everybody is in such a tight space and you’re focusing on the guy in front of you, how much fuel you’re using and managing the gap between the trucks.”

No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150 Team Notes

  • Daytona International Speedway will be the first-career NCWTS start for rookie Chase Briscoe, who will be piloting the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150
  • Has one previous start at Daytona in the ARCA Racing Series, where he finished fourth
  • Also has restrictor plate experience at Talladega Superspeedway: he finished third in the ARCA race there in 2016
  • Veteran crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. has been on the pit box for 10 NCWTS races at Daytona, ending the night in victory lane in two-consecutive events (2008 and 2009 with Todd Bodine)
  • Hillman Jr. also has a Daytona pole flag, which he earned in 2012 with Miguel Paludo
  • 2017 will be the first time that BKR will compete with two full-time Rookie of the Year contenders

Chase Briscoe Quotes: “I’m really looking forward to making my first start in the Truck Series. It’s such an honor to be able to run at Daytona in any racecar, but to be able to do it in one of NASCAR’s top-three series and to be driving for a Cup champion is truly a blessing and a dream come true. Daytona is different than any other place we go; running there in the past with ARCA will definitely be beneficial in the Truck Series race. Seat time in anything helps anywhere you go. My Cooper Standard Ford F-150 and the ARCA car will drive totally different, but I think it will still help just knowing the characteristics of the place and how superspeedway racing plays out.”