Pocono Raceway Post-Race

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Driver:

Tyler Reddick

Starting Position:

3

Finishing Position:

23

Status:

Off Track

Owner Points Position:

9

Tyler Reddick (@tylerreddick), driver of the No. 19 Reese Towpower Ford F-150, was credited with a 23rd place finish following the Pocono Mountains 150 Saturday afternoon at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway.

 Reddick grabbed the third place starting position during qualifying Saturday morning, his best effort in eight career starts.  He ran well during the opening segment of the race, running third when the first caution of the race waved on lap 17.  He took the lead on lap 21 when both trucks ahead of him chose to pit and was running third when he made his scheduled stop under green on lap 31.

From there Reddick’s misfortune began.  He made contact with another truck leaving pit road and was hit with a speeding penalty.  Fortunately Reddick was able to catch a caution on lap 48 and he was able to make up the lost track position.  He restarted 11th but was involved in accidents on laps 55 and 59 that ended his afternoon prematurely and he learned some valuable lessons during a post-race conversation with NASCAR officials.

Tyler Reddick – No. 19 Broken Bow Records Ford F-150: ”We had a great day going. I want to thank all the guys at BKR for their hard work.  I made a mistake on pit road early in the race and I’ve just got to be a little smarter.  Our trucks have a lot of speed and we just need to capitalize on that.”

Doug Randolph – Crew Chief, No. 19 Broken Bow Records Ford F-150: “We qualified well and had a really good first half of the race.  We ran right in the top five and looked really good there, especially the second half of that first run, and then on our pit stop it all sort of fell apart.  We got tangled a little bit with another truck and got a speeding penalty. Luckily we caught a caution and were able to make up a lot of track position when guys pitted.  When that restart happened with 10 or 12 to go we were really moving forward and I thought we could still salvage a decent finish out of it.  It was a disappointing finish for what could have been a really good race for us.”

 

 

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Driver:

Ryan Blaney

Starting Position:

8

Finishing Position:

5

Status:

Running

Driver Points Position:

1

Ryan Blaney (@RyanBlaney22), driver of the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150, kept his lead in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings with a fifth place finish in the Pocono Mountains 150 Saturday afternoon at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway.

 Blaney scored his fourth consecutive top five and collected his seventh in 11 races this season.  He stretched his lead in the standings to seven points after grabbing his second top five in two starts at Pocono.

Ryan started eighth and ran inside the top 10 during the early stages of the race.  He gained track position during the first caution on lap 18 when others chose to pit.  Blaney lined up fourth when the race went green on lap 21 and he stayed in the top five until his scheduled green flag stop on lap 33. He was running third when the race went green on lap 52, but the restart wasn’t kind to Blaney and he was shuffled back in the running order.

The way the race played out in its closing stages didn’t work to Blaney’s advantage.  The No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150 ran better on longer runs but Blaney overcame two restarts in the final nine laps to scramble back inside the top five by the time the checkered flag waved on lap 64.

Ryan Blaney – No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150: ”I’m proud of these guys here at BKR.  We had a fast truck on long runs and just unfortunately this place is never that way.  It always ends with a bunch of attempts at a green white checkered finish.  You always keep your eye on the big picture but at the same time we want to win and we want to win a bunch of races.  We want to get Ford and Cooper Standard back to victory lane.  It’s a little too early to be in a total point mindset but it’s always in the back of our mind.”

Chad Kendrick – Crew Chief, No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150:  ”I thought it was a real good day for our Cooper Standard Ford F-150.  With 10 to go I would have bet you money we were going to finish first or second.  I guess our truck struggled a little on the restarts and Ryan did a good job rallying back and getting some of those spots back for us at the end.”