NCWTS Preview: Gateway Motorsports Park

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Brad Keselowski Racing NCWTS Preview: Gateway Motorsports Park

Keys to the Race:

  • Team is optimistic following successful test
  • Avoid being in traffic late because the race tends to turn physical in the closing laps
  • Best opportunity to pass is immediately following restarts
  • Turns 1 and 2 are tighter than Turn 3 and 4
  • Long straightaways resemble 1.5-mile track with corners similar to a short track

No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford F-150

  • Brad Keselowski Racing will honor local caregivers and veterans at Gateway Motorsports Park. Austin Cindric’s door names will be replaced by caregiver Cindy Smith and veteran Michael Smith
  • The Draw-Tite Ford F-150 will also carry Brad Keselowski’s Checkered Flag Foundation ribbon on the bed cover
  • Participated in a test session May 23-24 at Gateway
  • Cindric will be making his first 14th NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start and first-ever at Gateway Motorsports Park
  • Sits 12th in the NCWTS championship standings
  • Has gained at least one position in the series championship standings for six consecutive races
  • Best finish in 2017 is fourth place at Dover International Speedway
  • BKR’s first top five at Gateway came in 2010 when Brad Keselowski scored a second-place finish
  • DID YOU KNOW?  Terry Cook won at Gateway in 2002 driving a Ford owned by Bob Keselowski, Brad’s father. The win was the first of four victories that season for Cook and the Keselowski team. Cook led 59 of 160 laps and finished 8.65 seconds ahead of Jason Leffler.
  • BKR has four top-10 finishes in its the last five NCWTS starts at Gateway 

Austin Cindric: “We were very encouraged by what we found at the Gateway test, the things we tried, and the pace we had with our Draw-Tite Ford F-150. I’m excited to go back because it’s a really fun track and we definitely showed some speed.  I’ve always liked tracks like Gateway that are different on both ends and you have to use the brakes. Gateway seems to be similar to Phoenix because it’s important to qualify well and be good in traffic.”

No. 29 Checkered Flag Foundation Ford F-150

  • Briscoe will run a special patriotic paint scheme featuring Brad Keselowski’s Checkered Flag Foundation on the No. 29  at Gateway
  • His Ford F-150 will also honor caregiver Melody Slusher and veteran Christopher Slusher by running  their names above the doors in place of Briscoe’s
  • Second-place finish one week ago at Texas Motor Speedway was his best in seven NCWTS starts and third top-five effort this season
  • Sits fourth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings
  • Grabbed Sunoco Rookie of the Race honors for the second time this season at Texas – ranks second in the rookie standings, just four points behind the leader
  • Led twice for seven laps at Texas – the second consecutive race where he has led at least one lap
  • DID YOU KNOW?  Briscoe has scored points in the last 10 consecutive stages – a span of five consecutive races dating back to Martinsville Speedway (race No. 3)
  • Earlier this week, Briscoe attended an event at the S.A.Y. Play Center in Detroit, talking to students about STEM and its role in NASCAR. The center, which is part of author Mitch Albom’s S.A.Y. Detroit initiative, features a STEM program called “Science in the Deep” sponsored by Cooper Standard

Chase Briscoe: “I am ready to get to St. Louis after being so close to the win last week in Texas. I’ve never been to Gateway Motorsports Park, but after looking at video of past races, it looks like a really unique place; I’m looking forward to that. It’s one of the closer tracks to my hometown, so that will be fun to feel close to home. I’m just ready to get back in the truck after everything these last two weeks. I’m also super excited about running the Checkered Flag Foundation on the truck and spending time with Melody and Chris Slusher. Hopefully we can give them a really great day at the track.”