NCWTS Preview: Texas Motor Speedway

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Brad Keselowski Racing Preview: Texas Motor Speedway

Keys To The Race:

  • Manage the newly redesigned, repaved and reconfigured track
  • Harder compound tires puts a premium on track position
  • More emphasis on qualifying now at Texas than before
  • Huge grip level on really smooth surface means extra focus on the front splitter

No. 19 Bulldog Ford F-150

  • Bulldog is the primary sponsor for Austin Cindric and the No. 19 Ford F-150 in Friday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway
  • Will be Cindric’s first Truck Series start at Texas
  • Enters Texas fresh off fifth-place finish at Dover International Speedway, his first top five and best finish in 12 NCWTS races
  • Scored two top-10 finishes in the last three NCWTS races
  • Average starting position in four races on intermediate size tracks entering Texas is 7.75
  • Sits 13th in the series championship standings, but is only eight points behind 10th place
  • Has gained at least one position in the standings in the last five consecutive races
  • DID YOU KNOW? Former BKR driver Tyler Reddick became the youngest NCWTS pole winner at Texas when he captured the top starting position at the 2014 fall race (18 years, 9 months, 20 days)

Austin Cindric: “The big thing about Texas is that the track has been repaved. Turns 1 and 2 were reshaped, but 3 and 4 are still the same. Track position is going to be really important because you’re not going to rely on tire falloff. We need to have good speed straight out of the gate with our Bulldog Ford F-150. I feel like this is an opportunity for someone who hasn’t been there before to have level ground with those who have a lot of experience. We’re bringing the same truck that we had at Charlotte, so hopefully we’ll be fast.  Running well at Dover last weekend created a lot of momentum for us. We were in the top five all weekend: practice, qualifying and the race. I certainly think we can do that again at Texas and throughout the rest of the season.”

No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150

  • Will be making his first Texas start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
  • Texas will be Briscoe’s fourth NCWTS start at a 1.5-mile racetrack. In 2016, Briscoe scored two victories at 1.5-mile tracks in the ARCA Racing Series (Chicagoland and Texas)
  • Won his first pole in six NCWTS starts last week at Dover International Speedway – his first start at the Monster Mile
  • Briscoe will carry Ford on-board camera this weekend
  • Currently fifth in the NCWTS championship standings
  • Best finish by a BKR driver at Texas: second place by Parker Kligerman (June 2011)
  • DID YOU KNOW?  BKR drivers have racked up seven consecutive top-10 finishes at Texas. The team’s average finish during those events is 5.00
  • BKR drivers have completed 93.43 percent of total possible laps in 23 starts at Texas (3,357 of a possible 3,593)

Chase Briscoe: “I’m looking forward to getting to Texas and taking on another new race track. I’ve watched a lot of videos of Texas, but it’s tough to know a lot going in because of the repave and the changes made to the configuration. Hopefully it will widen out and we can put on a really good race. This Cooper Standard team has given me fast trucks week in and week out, especially at these mile-and-a-half tracks, so I have no doubt that we will be good. We just need a little luck to go our way to finally get a win.”