No. 19 Race Recap:
For all that he accomplished Friday night at Phoenix (Avondale, Ariz.) International Raceway, Tyler Reddick knew it was a missed opportunity.
Reddick (@TylerReddick) ripped off his fourth consecutive top five with a fifth place finish in the Lucas Oil 150 Friday night. He claimed his 13th top five – best in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series – and moved up to second place in the series championship standings, 19 points behind the leader – a net gain of two points for the driver of the Draw-Tite/Reese Towpower/C-A-L Ranch Stores Ford F-150.
But Tyler and crew chief Doug Randolph both knew they could have gained even more ground at the one-mile Arizona oval.
Reddick was running third when the fifth caution slowed the race on lap 104 and set up his final scheduled stop under yellow. He came to pit road on lap 106 for four tires and adjustments but was hindered by a slow pit stop that dropped him back to eighth when the race went green on lap 109.
Championship leader Erik Jones and Matt Crafton both entered the Phoenix event ahead of Reddick in the points chase. Tyler was up to seventh on lap 120 when they bounced off each other at the exit of Turn 4 while racing hard for the lead.
The contact sent Crafton to the garage and Jones to the pits for repairs. With both leaders in trouble Reddick had the opportunity to chop into the points deficit but he was unable to make up a sizable amount.
He restarted fifth on lap 126 and over the final 24 laps raced JJ Hayley hard for the position. On lap 146 – just four laps from the checkered flag- Reddick cleared Hayley and held off his rival during the closing laps to claim the position.
Tyler Reddick – No. 19 Draw-Tite/Reese Towpower/C-A-L Ranch Stores Ford
F-150: “We had a great effort by all our guys on the Draw-Tite/Reese Towpower/C-A-L Ranch Stores Ford F-150 and we had a really strong truck. It’s just a shame that we had a miscue there on the pit stop. We lost a few spots that really could have been important for us. Once we got back there in dirty air, you know we had just freed it up on that stop and once we got back there in dirty air I was just too free. We lost track position when we needed it the most and it cost us.”
Doug Randolph – Crew Chief, No. 19 Draw-Tite/Reese Towpower/C-A-L Ranch Stores Ford F-150: “It was really a heartbreaker. The 88 (Crafton) and the 4 (Jones) had their issues. We always talk about how we’ve got to be there to capitalize when something like that happens and we didn’t quite do that.”
No. 29 Race Recap:
Austin Cindric (@AustinCindric) made his second career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start behind the wheel of the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150 in the Lucas Oil 150 Friday night at Phoenix (Avondale, Ariz.) International Raceway. And for the second time in his young career, the 17-year old driver did a most respectable job.
Cindric was credited with a 14th place finish at the quirky one mile desert oval – a solid job considering he had never seen the track before walking through the gates on Thursday morning before practice.
Cindric qualified 21st and made his first pit stop under the third caution of the race on lap 41. The team changed four tires and gave a round of adjustments but was penalized for an uncontrolled tire during the stop. The end result was that Cindric restarted at the tail end of the field in 24th position when the race went green on lap 44.
Two laps later the fourth yellow of the 150-lap race slowed the pace. Crew chief Chad Kendrick called Cindric to pit road for a splash of fuel and a chassis adjustment on lap 49 and he restarted 19th when the race went green on lap 51.
From this point forward Austin did an admirable job of patiently working his way through traffic. He was up to 15th by lap 60 and picked off 14th place by lap 80, just past the halfway mark of the event.
But the combination of fast race pace and a young driver becoming familiar with the nuances of a challenging track dropped Cindric from the lead lap on lap 92. Try as they might over the final 40 laps, the 29 truck couldn’t get into position to receive the free pass back on the lead lap. He was credited with 14th place in the final rundown.
Austin Cindric – No. 29 Cooper Standard Careers Ford F-150: “I learned a ton at Phoenix. It was a bit frustrating because you always want to finish better. I want to thank Brad and everyone at Cooper Standard and Brad Keselowski Racing for the opportunity. I had a lot of fun and I know we’ll be better the next time we race there.”
Chad Kendrick – Crew Chief, No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150: “Austin definitely got better during the race. During that green flag run during the middle part of the race I think he got a pretty decent rhythm going there and was making headway. He was able to run better lap times than some of the guys in front of him and that was another positive thing to see. Phoenix is a hard place to pass but he got better during the race. Austin didn’t tear anything up or make any foolish mistakes and that was really good.”
Tyler Reddick did live post-race interviews with Fox Sports 1 and Motor Racing Network plus he spoke with NASCAR.com. He also did a live interview with Dialed In with host Claire B. Lang on SiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90. .
Austin Cindric did a call-in interview Nov. 12 on the Dialed In radio show hosted by Claire B. Lang on SiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90.
Reddick did an interview with MRN Motorsports Monday Nov. 9 on Motor Racing Network.