Pole and Top-Five Finish Highlight Dover Weekend for Team BKR

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Brad Keselowski Racing Post-Race Report: Dover International Speedway

No. 19 LTi Printing Ford F-150

Austin Cindric claimed a career-best fifth-place finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday evening at Dover International Speedway. Cindric did a nice job taming the Monster Mile, the tough one-mile Delaware speedway known for dishing out punishment to drivers and teams alike.

Cindric started the race fourth, but his LTi Printing Ford F-150 was simply too tight during the early laps of the race.  He was 10th when crew chief Doug Randolph called his driver to pit road for tires and adjustments during the second caution on lap 37. Cindric finished 11th in Stage 1, but restarted fourth on lap 54 when the leaders pitted for service during the third caution at the end of the opening stage.

During the next run, the driver of the LTi Printing Ford F-150 ran solidly among the top five. He finished Stage 2 in fifth place, and pitted during the sixth caution on lap 91 for four tires and adjustments. Cindric lined up 16th when the race went back to green on lap 100.

Despite a heavy traffic and a tight-handling truck, Cindric was able to work his way up to 11th place when the seventh yellow slowed the race on lap 118.  One lap later, Cindric pitted for a change of left-side tires, and he restarted 10th when the race went green on lap 122. By lap 153, other trucks on the lead lap began to make scheduled green-flag pit stops, and Cindric started to climb up the leaderboard.

He was up to fourth on lap 172 at the time of the eighth and final caution during the sequence of green-flag stops.  Race leader Johnny Sauter didn’t pit during the yellow, which locked eight trucks on the lead lap.  Cindric pitted on lap 173 for four tires and adjustments and restarted fifth when the race went green on lap 176.  He was shuffled back to sixth place on the restart, but quickly recovered and grabbed fifth away from Brandon Jones on lap 185.  From there, he steadily pulled away from his rival to claim his first top five.

Austin Cindric: “I was really fortunate to be up there contending for a win on the lead lap. Doug made some great calls with pit strategy. We got a bit of a tough restart there late in the race.  The guys were really tight on my door and we were really, really tight to fire off, tighter than we thought we were going to be.  It was a whole lot of fun. It’s great to get LTi Printing back on the truck and get a career-best finish. It’s something to build on for Texas.”

Starting Position: 4th

Finishing Position: 5th

Status: Running

Stage Wins: 0

Laps Led: 0

Driver Point Standings: 13th

Points Behind Final Playoff Position: 44

No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150

Chase Briscoe experienced career highs and lows in his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Dover International Speedway. Briscoe earned his first Keystone Light Pole Award, the second Dover pole for Brad Keselowski Racing, and led his first laps of the season. Unfortunately, a loose wheel following the team’s final scheduled stop with less than 30 laps to go took the No. 29 off the lead lap and out of contention for the win. Briscoe recovered and brought home a 12th-place finish, and now sits fifth in the series championship standings.

Briscoe’s day began by ripping off a lap of 23.007 seconds in qualifying, earning BKR its first pole of the 2017 season. Following the wave of the green flag, Briscoe’s speed continued, and he was scored in the second position at the conclusion of the first stage. Crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. called the Cooper Standard Ford to pit road for four tires, fuel and a minor air-pressure adjustment.  Briscoe was second off pit road, but restarted in 13th for the green flag after several trucks on the lead lap chose not to pit.

Briscoe had worked his way up to sixth by the time the caution flag waved on lap 86, and Hillman made the call to visit pit road, choosing race strategy over track position for the conclusion of the second stage. The move paid off: Briscoe, armed with fresh tires and fuel, took the green flag from the fourth position when the final stage began on lap 100. A long green-flag run followed, and on lap 165, the driver of the Cooper Standard Ford F-150 grabbed the lead, holding the top spot for three laps before making a scheduled green-flag pit stop.

As he emerged from the pit road, Briscoe’s left-front tire came loose and was cast from its hub, bringing out the caution and resulting in minor damage to his F-150. The sequence of events dropped Briscoe a lap down, but he still had one of the fastest trucks on the racetrack. He recovered in the closing laps to score a 12th-place finish at the checkered flag.

Chase Briscoe: “We had a super-fast Cooper Standard Ford F-150, probably the fastest one here at Dover. With the great trucks that Hillman and the guys at Brad Keselowski Racing give me every week, I honestly can’t believe that we haven’t won a race by now. Today was a tough one to swallow. I know our day will come, and I’m proud of the guys. We win and lose as a team, and this weekend we did both. It was really fun to sit on the pole and lead my first laps in NASCAR.”

Starting Position: 1st16th

Finishing Position: 12th3rd

Status: Running

Stage Wins: 0

Laps Led: 3

Driver Point Standings: 5th

Points Behind Leader: 83