No. 19 Race Recap:
Three might by Tyler Reddick’s lucky number.
Reddick (@tylerreddick) scored a third place finish after three attempts at a green-white-checkered finish in the Pocono Mountains 150 Saturday afternoon at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway. He claimed his eighth top five finish in 12 races this season and grabbed the lead in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings by a margin of 11 points.
Reddick has the lead in the championship standings for the third race this season and for the first time since Atlanta (Hampton, Ga.) Motor Speedway (race No. 2).
Tyler started sixth and ran inside the top five for the majority of the 69 lap race at the 2.5 mile speedway. He was sixth when the second caution slowed the race on lap 50. One lap later crew chief Doug Randolph called his driver to pit road for four tires and adjustments. The strategic move by Randolph gave Reddick fresher tires than his rivals for the final dash to the finish. He lined up 10th when the race went green on lap 53.
The final 16 laps featured three cautions and some action packed restarts – all of which worked to Reddick’s advantage – as the race pushed past the advertised distance and into overtime.
Tyler was eighth when the third caution set up the first attempt at a green-white-checkered finish on lap 59 and was fifth when the yellow waved on lap 61 for an accident in Turn 1. Tyler was moving through traffic when another crash slowed the race on lap 64.
NASCAR officials determined Reddick was sixth at the time of the caution and he took the green there on lap 67. Reddick took full advantage of the final restart, slicing his way through traffic to grab third when the field took the white flag on lap 68 and he held firm over the final lap.
No. 29 Race Recap:
A day that started with so much promise ended far too soon for Brad Keselowski Saturday afternoon at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway.
Keselowski (@keselowski) was sidelined by an accident after completing just five laps in the Pocono Mountains 150. The incident happened in Turn 3 at the 2.5-mile speedway when he and Matt Crafton made contact and ended up in the outside SAFER barrier while racing for fifth place.
Brad was racing side by side with Crafton off Turn 2 when Kevin Harvick dove under both trucks at the entrance to Turn 3, briefly making it three wide. Keselowski and Crafton then made contact and landed against the outside wall, ending Brad’s afternoon. He was officially credited with 30th in the final rundown.
The incident cut short a promising day for the Cooper Standard team. Keselowski posted the seventh best speed in the final practice session on Friday afternoon. Crew chief Chad Kendrick and the team made several adjustments to help the No. 29 Ford F-150 turn better in the corners.
The changes were working as evidenced by the team’s performance during qualifying Saturday. Brad logged the eighth best speed in the first qualifying round then grabbed the fourth starting position with a lap that fell just eight one-hundredths of a second shy of the pole speed.
Keselowski promptly took second place on the initial start but soon radioed his crew that his truck was loose on entry and tight in the center of the corners. The team was plotting what adjustments to make when their day ended on lap 5.
The No. 29 team looks to rebound strong Aug. 15 at Michigan International Speedway in the Careers For Veterans 200 presented by the Cooper Standard Foundation and Brad Keselowski’s Checkered Flag Foundation.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING
Brad Keselowski – No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150: “I feel bad for everyone on the Cooper Standard team because they worked so hard to give me an awesome Ford F-150 here this weekend. The 88 (Crafton) got a good run to pass me off Turn 2. We were entering Turn 3 and I heard my spotter say the 00 (Harvick) was going to make it three wide and the next thing I knew we made contact. The last thing I wanted to do is wreck the point leader or any one of these regular guys. I appreciate the efforts of everyone at Team BKR and I know we will keep trying.”
Chad Kendrick – Crew Chief, No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford
F-150: “Brad got around a guy that just made a mistake and ended up causing our day to be short. We were just trying to get to that first pit stop and make a swing at it and I think we would have been okay.”
Tyler Reddick participated in a media availability session July 31 inside the speedway’s infield media center.
Brad Keselowski did live interviews with Fox Sports 1 during qualifying and after his accident during the race. Keselowski also spoke live with Motor Racing Network following his accident and during the network’s pre-race coverage.
Following this third place finish, Reddick did live interviews with Fox Sports 1 and Motor Racing Network plus participated in a post-race press conference inside the infield media center. He also did a live interview with Dialed In host Claire B. Lang on SiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90. Other post-race media interviews included NBC Sports.com, local television station WNEP-TV (ABC Scranton, Pa.) and Kickinthetires.net.