Phoenix Post-Race Report

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Driver:

Tyler Reddick

Starting Position:

7

Finishing Position:

10

Status:

Running

Owner Points Position:

6

Tyler Reddick (@tylerreddick), driver of the No. 19 Reese Towpower Ford F-150, scored a 10th-place finish in Friday night’s Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix (Avondale, Ariz.) International Raceway. Reddick claimed his eighth top 10 finish of the season and grabbed Sunoco Rookie of the Race honors for the eighth time in 2014.

The scheduled 150-lap race at the one mile desert track was one of the oddest NASCAR races in recent memory. The start was delayed for nearly an hour due to a power outage and another blackout on lap 126 led NASCAR officials to decide to call the race with just 24 laps remaining. Seven cautions slowed the pace for 48 laps. A multiple truck accident on lap 2 dumped oil on the frontstretch which forced the next 17 laps to be run under yellow as officials used a heavy amount of speedy dry to soak up the fluid. The race was red flagged on lap 43 so safety crews could remove a race truck from the track following an accident in Turn 3.

Reddick qualified seventh and by lap 35 had climbed up to fourth position. He was running sixth at lap 47 and stayed there until a cycle of green flag pit stops began on lap 83. He was running second when he made his scheduled stop on lap 91 for four tires and adjustments. When the pit sequence was complete on lap 96, Reddick was 13th but one lap down.

The fifth caution of the race on lap 101 threatened to pin Tyler a lap down but he was able to race his way back on to the lead lap, earning the free pass as the first of the trucks one lap down when the sixth caution came out on lap 114.

Reddick restarted ninth when the race went green on lap 119 and survived the chaotic restart and hard racing in traffic that followed. He was holding down 10th-place when the lights went out on lap 126, bringing out the seventh and final caution.

Tyler Reddick – No. 19 Reese Towpower Ford F-150: ”We had a good Reese Towpower Ford F-150. We just had a rough first pit stop. We were put in a bad spot and couldn’t take the wave around. We were stuck a lap down so we had to burn another caution to get back on the lead lap. I’m just curious as to why we waited an hour to get the race going and call it five minutes after we get the lights back up. That kind of surprises me. I was fine with waiting all night to get the race going and curious as to why they ended the race right there.”

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Driver:

Ryan Blaney

Starting Position:

17

Finishing Position:

4

Status:

Running

Driver Points Position:

2

Ryan Blaney (@RyanBlaney22), driver of the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150, scored a fourth-place finish in Friday night’s Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix (Avondale, Ariz.) International Raceway, his 11th top five of the season. Blaney is 25 points behind the leader in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings entering the Nov. 14 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The scheduled 150-lap race at the one mile desert track was one of the oddest NASCAR races in recent memory. The start was delayed for nearly an hour due to a power outage and another blackout on lap 126 led NASCAR officials to decide to call the race with just 24 laps remaining. Seven cautions slowed the pace for 48 laps. A multiple truck accident on lap 2 dumped oil on the frontstretch which forced the next 17 laps to be run under yellow as officials used a heavy amount of speedy dry to soak up the fluid. The race was red flagged on lap 43 so safety crews could remove a race truck from the track following an accident in Turn 3.

Blaney qualified 17th and did a good job picking his way through traffic and avoiding accidents early in the event. He climbed inside the top 10 by lap 47 and moved up to seventh place by lap 83 when a sequence of green flag pit stops began. Ryan was third when he pitted under green for four tires and adjustments on lap 92. When the green flag pit stop sequence was complete on lap 96, Blaney was 10th but one lap down.

He was able to make up the lost distance thanks to the fifth caution on lap 101. He took the wave around back on to the lead lap and lined up 10th when the race went green on lap 111. He steadily worked his way to the front on the next two restarts, climbing up to fifth by lap 121. He picked off fourth place on lap 123 and was in hot pursuit of third when the final caution waved on lap 126 for a power outage that would eventually halt the race for good.

Ryan Blaney – No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150: ”I’d really liked to have raced the last 20 laps. I’m not sure why they called it. I thought we had a pretty good Cooper Standard Ford F-150 there and I thought we could have at least got to second. It was a long night, especially running a lot of yellows and dodging wrecks. We probably ran about 50 laps under yellow so we didn’t have a lot of time to try to get up there but I really wish we could have run the last 20 laps. We didn’t have a lot of green flag racing to go and that just hurt us a little bit. It’s just a shame. We still have a shot at Homestead.”