Past Pocono Success Fuels Optimism for Team BKR at Tricky Triangle

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Brad Keselowski Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Preview: Pocono Raceway

Keys to the Race:

  • Draft plays a huge role
  • Important to manage the chaotic restarts
  • Crew chiefs call Pocono like a road course race
  • Drivers can run high or low through Turn 1
  • Wide-open through the Tunnel Turn = a fast qualifying lap
  • Good exit off Turn 3 means a lot of momentum down the front stretch

No. 19 LTi Printing Ford F-150

  • Will be making his 18th NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start and first-ever at Pocono Raceway
  • Has one ARCA Racing Series start at Pocono, scoring a second-place finish after starting from the pole and leading 17 laps
  • Has racked up three consecutive top-10 finishes entering the Overton’s 150
  • Moved up to 10th in the NCWTS championship standings after 10th-place finish at Eldora Speedway – his fifth top 10 this season
  • Scored a season-best fourth-place finish in the most recent NCWTS speedway race at Kentucky Speedway
  • First Ford Win For BKR: Ryan Blaney became the first Brad Keselowski Racing driver to win a NCWTS race behind the wheel of a Ford when he won at Pocono in 2013. Blaney also holds the Truck series race record at Pocono, averaging 128.300 m.p.h.

Austin Cindric: “The big thing at Pocono is restarts. You’ve got to make sure your lane is moving and you have momentum. When you make a pass, it’s important to not lose momentum off Turn 1, because if that happens, you’ll lose everything you gained and more off the corner. Pocono is a place where BKR has traditionally run well, plus I’ve got a little bit of history there. It has different corners on each end and that puts it in the hands of the driver and crew chief to make some speed in our LTi Printing Ford F-150.”

No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150

  • Has two previous starts at Pocono Raceway in the ARCA Racing Series. Last July, he visited Victory Lane at the Tricky Triangle after leading 51 of 60 laps, earning his fourth-consecutive win in the series
  • Will be in the broadcast booth for Friday’s ARCA race, joining Phil Parsons and Ralph Sheheen. The ModSpace 150 airs at 6:00 PM ET on FS1
  • Has completed a series-best 99.78 percent of total possible laps this season (1,804 of a possible 1,808)
  • Leads Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings and is third in NCWTS driver points
  • Leads all rookies in laps led (105), average running position (7.829), driver rating (101.7) and quality passes (389)
  • Average finish in the last five NCWTS races is 5.0 

Chase Briscoe: “Pocono is one of the most unique and most technical places I’ve ever raced at. It’s tough, because with three different corners, your truck will never handle that great in one of them, so you have to decide which one you can afford to suffer the most in. The racing at Pocono is also very unique with how the straightaways are and drafting. This is also such a short race, and it’s so close to the playoffs, so I expect it to be really intense.”