NCWTS Preview: Martinsville Speedway I


Brad Keselowski Racing NCWTS Preview: Martinsville Speedway I

Keys To The Race:

  • Martinsville Speedway: where racing becomes a contact sport
  •  Stay up front – don’t lose track position
  • Patience isn’t just a virtue at Martinsville – it’s  required
  • Every corner is a learning experience
  •  Stay alert for late-race trouble
  • Recent test should help rookie Briscoe and the No. 29 Cooper Standard team


No. 19 LTi Printing Ford F-150 Team Notes:

  • LTi Printing joins Brad Keselowski Racing as the primary sponsor of the No. 19 Ford F-150 driven by Austin Cindric at Martinsville
  • Cindric will be making his ninth-career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start and second at Martinsville on Saturday afternoon
  • Made his Truck Series debut at Martinsville in October 2015, scoring a lead-lap finish
  • Claimed his best series start on an oval (third) on March 4 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. His career-best qualifying effort is second place (Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in 2016)
  • Best NCWTS finish came at Phoenix in 2015 (14th)
  • DID YOU KNOW? BKR’s most recent top-five finish at Martinsville was scored by No. 19 team in the fall of 2015 (fifth)

Austin Cindric: “I’m proud to carry the LTi Printing colors this weekend at Martinsville. The main thing I learned in my first start at Martinsville is how aggressive the races are; with about 50 laps to go, common sense becomes minimal. That’s why you see a lot of cautions and late-race restarts. That’s great racing for the fans, but the intensity level ramps up inside the cockpit. We’ve shown a lot of speed in our Ford F-150s this season, but haven’t gotten the finishes to show for it.  We have all the tools to contend for a win, but right now I’m focused on getting a nice, clean finish.”

No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150 Team Notes:

  • The Alpha Energy Solutions 250 will be Chase Briscoe’s first start at Martinsville and his first NCWTS short track race
  • Briscoe participated in a test session March 14-15 at the 0.526-mile speedway
  • Currently ranks eighth in the NCWTS points and second in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings
  • Best finish in two NCWTS starts this season is third place at Daytona
  • Saturday will be crew chief Mike Hillman Jr.’s 20th Truck Series race atop the box at Martinsville
  • BKR has one win and one pole at Martinsville (Joey Logano in 2015 spring race)
  • DID YOU KNOW? BKR drivers have completed 99.91 percent of total possible laps in 21 Martinsville races (4,785 of 4,789 possible laps)

Chase Briscoe: “I can’t wait to get to Martinsville Speedway because it’s one of the most prestigious tracks on the schedule. I don’t typically like the short, flat tracks, but Martinsville was a lot more fun to drive. I’m really glad I had the opportunity to test; I was able to learn a lot from [Mike] Hillman [Jr.] and the rest of the team, so I think I’ll be pretty comfortable when we get there this weekend. It’s going to be so fun to finally experience the atmosphere of being in a race at Martinsville. It would be really special to get that grandfather clock. I think it would look awesome in my living room!”