Talladega Post-Race Report

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19_drawtite

Driver:

Tyler Reddick

Starting Position:

1

Finishing Position:

4

Status:

Running

Owner Points Position:

7

Tyler Reddick (@tylerreddick), driver of the No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford F-150, made a late race rally to score a fourth place finish in the Fred’s 250 Saturday afternoon at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. Reddick claimed his second top five in 13 career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts and equaled his best career finish. During Friday’s qualifying session Reddick won the 21 Means 21 Pole Award, his first career pole position (51.256 seconds, 186.827 mph).

Tyler nestled himself inside the lead draft during the opening segment of the 94-lap, 250 mile race. During the first caution on lap 13, he made a fuel only stop but was tagged for a speeding penalty entering the pits. He restarted outside the top 20 when the race went green on lap 18. Reddick had moved up to sixth place when he made a scheduled green flag stop for four tires and adjustments on lap 47 but once again got zapped for a speeding penalty entering the pit lane. The resulting penalty left him a lap down. But the second caution on lap 59 gave Reddick the chance to wave around back to the lead lap. When the race went green on lap 62, Reddick and teammate Ryan Blaney drafted together and had climbed inside the top five when the third yellow flag slowed the race on lap 67. Reddick was forced to pit for fuel on lap 68 to make it to the end of the race and restarted 15th in line when the race went green on lap 70.

The sixth and final caution on lap 92 set up a green-white-checkered dash to the finish. Reddick restarted 15th in line but found drafting help with Spencer Gallagher on the restart. The duo worked together in the outside line and zoomed through the pack over the final five miles, with Reddick claiming fourth place at the finish line.

Tyler Reddick – No. 19  Draw-Tite Ford F-150: ”It was a great learning experience.  We had a very good Draw-Tite Ford F-150.  We qualified on the pole.  The driver made a couple of mistakes on pit road.  It was really hard to go anywhere until the last lap.  It was great to get hooked up with Spencer Gallagher and go to the wall and get all the way to third for him and fourth for me.  That wasn’t bad at all because we were running well outside the top 10.  It was a great run to the finish there on the last lap.  It really paid off for both of us.  I was really happy to get all those spots back and get a top five finish for our team.”

Doug Randolph – Crew Chief, No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford F-150:  ”We had a really good day with the Draw-Tite Ford F-150.  It was really neat to win the pole and that was great for Tyler.  I think Tyler learned a lot that first run being up front in the draft.  The speeding penalties are not what we wanted, but I think as far as his learning curve he got to experience the front, middle and back of the draft.  I’m sure he learned a whole lot more here than at Daytona.  We had some things go our way and rallied back and got a good finish so definitely no complaints on our side.

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Driver:

Ryan Blaney

Starting Position:

5

Finishing Position:

5

Status:

Running

Driver Points Position:

2

Ryan Blaney (@RyanBlaney22), driver of the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150, scored a fifth place finish in the Fred’s 250 Saturday afternoon at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. Blaney gained precious ground in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings, moving up to second place in the standings and closing to within 16 points of the leader. He grabbed his ninth top five in 18 races this season.

Blaney started fifth and grabbed the lead for the first time on lap 6 of the 94 lap, 250 mile event and was leading the race when the first caution waved on lap 13. After a fuel only stop one lap later, he restarted in the lead when the race went green on lap 18. He held the top spot for the next 27 laps until he made a scheduled green flag stop for fuel and tires on lap 44. Ryan was hit with a speeding penalty entering the pits and served his pass through penalty on lap 47. The sequence dropped Blaney a lap down but he received the free pass back onto the lead lap thanks to the second caution of the race on lap 59. He pitted on lap 61 for fuel and tires and restarted 15th when the race went green on lap 62. Blaney and teammate Tyler Reddick worked together and had climbed inside the top five when the third caution slowed the race on lap 67. Ryan restarted third when the race went green on lap 70.

As the race entered its closing stages, Blaney was running a close second to Timothy Peters when the sixth and final caution waved on lap 92. He lined up second for the green-white-checkered restart and was side by side for the lead entering the second turn on the last lap. There the final scramble for the lead began when a third drafting line formed and pulled to the outside of Blaney, dropping him back in the lead draft pack. Ryan rallied back over the final half-lap to grab fifth place at the finish line.

Ryan Blaney – No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150: ”I thought we were in a great spot with the Cooper Standard Ford F-150 there going down the backstretch coming to the checkered.  I had Erik Jones pushing me and I thought we were going to be good.  I knew a third lane was going to come at some point.  I didn’t think they were going to shoot out off of Turn 2 because you never really see that happening.  And once they got outside of Erik, it sucked him off of me and we went backwards so fast, if I would have pulled up I would have gotten wrecked.  I think we fell back to probably tenth and got up to fifth in, you know, about a thousand yards there just getting a big draft (smiles).”

Chad Kendrick – Crew Chief, No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150: ”Overall it was a great day for the Cooper Standard Ford F-150 team. Brad Keselowski Racing as a company has made great gains on our superspeedway programs since Daytona. We could make moves and we had speed. I didn’t want to see that last caution. If we could have just stayed green the rest of the way that would have given us a shot to make a move on the last lap.”