No. 19 Race Recap
The UNOH 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway was a bit disappointing for Tyler Reddick.
The driver of the Stoney Creek Records Ford F-150 was credited with a 15th place finish. Reddick (@TylerReddick) now sits third in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings, 19 points behind the leader.
Reddick started 14th in the 175 lap race but was able to climb inside the top 10 during the opening laps of the event. He stayed there throughout the first 25 laps despite having a truck that was really tight in the center of the corners.
Tyler was running just outside the top 10 on lap 37 when he ran through oil off Turn 4 and went for a lazy spin. Fortunately he didn’t make contact with a wall or a fellow competitor, but the incident brought out the second caution of the race. Reddick pitted on lap 40 for four tires and a chassis adjustment and lined up 13th when the race went green on lap 44.
Reddick again had his hands full with an ill handling truck during the following green flag run. He was 14th at the time of the third caution on lap 68 and one lap later he pitted for fuel and a chassis adjustment while the majority of the leaders stayed out. Tyler restarted 13th when the race went green on lap 71.
He was running 16th when a sequence of green flag stops began on lap 110. By stopping for fuel under the previous caution, Reddick stayed out while most of his fellow competitors visited pit lane for service, a calculated risk the team hoped would pay off with track position late in the race. Reddick cycled up to sixth position when the fourth yellow slowed the race on lap 137. Tyler pitted for tires and fuel on lap 138 and restated ninth when the race went green on lap 141.
The fifth caution of the race on lap 146 set up another action packed restart. Reddick took the green in 11th position on lap 153 and was working his way through traffic when he spun off Turn 2 on lap 162, bringing out the sixth and final caution.
Unfortunately for Reddick there was damage to the right front and right rear of the No. 19 truck. Tyler stopped twice under caution while the team made repairs. He rejoined the field in 15th when the race went green on lap 166, holding firm to the position over the final nine laps.
Tyler Reddick – No. 19 Stoney Creek Records Ford F-150:
“We tried really hard in practice to improve our Stoney Creek Records Ford F-150 and I really thought when the race came around it’d be better. We were just lacking a little something. I just could never improve and it stinks when you have days like that. At the end I was trying everything to get as many positions as I could and then I spun. I don’t know what the heck happened. It felt like it had a tire going down.”
Doug Randolph – Crew Chief, No. 19 Stoney Creek Records Ford F-150:
“It was a disappointing day for our Stoney Creek Records team. We just weren’t ever as good as we needed to be all weekend and we just tried to do anything we could to salvage a top five or top 10 finish. There were definitely glimpses of hope of us pulling that off but things just didn’t go our way.”
No. 29 Race Recap
No wonder Austin Theriault was so eager to race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Theriault (@AustinTheriault) scored an eighth place finish at the 1.058-mile speedway. The Fort Kent, Maine native grabbed his fourth top 10 finish in seven starts this season plus led the race once for nine laps.
The day started off with a solid ninth place qualifying effort by Theriault. He ran just outside the top 10 during the early stages of the race with a truck that was just a little tight. Austin was 12th at the time of the second caution on lap 37 when crew chief Chad Kendrick called him to the pit lane for four tires and adjustments under yellow on lap 40. Unfortunately the team was penalized by NASCAR for crewmembers going over the wall too soon. The infraction dropped Theriault to 18th when the race went green on lap 44.
Theriault held his own during the next green flag run. He was 17th at the time of the third caution on lap 68 and one lap later he pitted for four tires and another round of adjustments. Austin restarted 17th when the race went green on lap 71.
During the following green flag run, Theriault patiently worked his way through traffic. He was up to 13th place at the 100-lap mark. By stopping for fuel under the previous caution, Austin stayed out while most of his fellow competitors began a series of a green flag stops, a calculated risk the team hoped would pay off with track position later in the race.
Green flag pit stops began on lap 110 and Austin began to cycle his way to the front. He grabbed the lead on lap 130 and held the top spot for the next nine laps. Theriault benefitted from the fourth caution of the race on lap 137 which gave him the opportunity to make his scheduled pit stop under yellow one lap later. Armed with four fresh tires and a round of adjustments he restarted sixth when the race went green on lap 141.
Theriault did a nice job in the closing stages of the 175 lap race. Over the final 34 laps, the young driver fought through two intense restarts – which featured two and sometimes three-wide racing – to grab his top 10 finish. On the final restart, Austin lined up fifth when the green flag waved on lap 166 but the inside lane didn’t move quickly, costing him ground to the leaders. Austin did a respectable job in the closing laps and was rewarded with an eighth place finish at the checkered flag.
Austin Theriault – No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150:
“I was very fortunate this weekend to have Linda Bean’s Maine Lobster and Kepware join our Cooper Standard team. It was exciting to lead laps at Loudon. I was really proud of our team because we overcame that pit road penalty early in the race and Chad made a pretty good call where we were able to stay out longer. We had a decent day and we’ll keep working to improve.”
Chad Kendrick – Crew Chief, No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150:
HOW BIG WAS IT TO CATCH THAT CAUTION WHILE LEADING THE RACE? “We were hoping for that caution. If not we were going to go as far as we could and then do two tires and one can of fuel. Everyone else had taken four tires. We were hoping to get Austin back in the top 10. It worked out perfectly for our Cooper Standard team.”