Team BKR Ready To Roll Under The Lights In Thunder Valley

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Brad Keselowski Racing NCWTS Preview: Bristol Motor Speedway

Keys to the Race

  • Things happen quickly at Bristol
  • Fans and teams like going to Thunder Valley
  • Duel pit roads at Bristol makes for interesting pit selection by crew chiefs
  • Corner exit is important
  • More emphasis on team communication because of noise

No. 19 Fitzgerald Glider Kits Ford F-150

  • Driver of the No. 19 Fitzgerald Ford F-150 will be making his 20th NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start and second at Bristol Motor Speedway
  • Has two top-10 finishes in five short track starts
  • Made his Bristol debut in 2016 in a third BKR entry
  • Scored a fifth-place finish Saturday afternoon at Michigan International Speedway, his fifth-consecutive top 10
  • Claimed Sunoco Rookie of the Race honors at Michigan
  • Sits 10th in the NCWTS championship standings
  • The First for The Boss: Brad Keselowski scored his first NCWTS win as a driver at Bristol in 2014. Keselowski led 119 of 200 laps, finished the event with an average running position of 1.44, and averaged a race record 91.919 mph. He and his father Bob became the first father/son duo to win races in the Truck Series
  • The first BKR driver to win a pole at Bristol was Tyler Reddick (2016), who also holds the track record at 128.917 mph
  • BKR drivers have racked up eight top-10 finishes in 13 Bristol starts

Austin Cindric: “I’m excited to see how the Fitzgerald colors look on our Ford F-150 under the lights at Bristol. It’s good to go back to a track that I know. Bristol is a fun track, and it’s a place where BKR has enjoyed a lot of success. Doug (Randolph, crew chief) had his stuff figured out there last year. Racing at Bristol demands concentration from a driver 100-percent of the time.  You exit one corner and it seems like you’re already entering the next one, so you have to be ready for everything. You can race the same guy for 50 laps straight, door-to-door, so it takes a lot of patience, but it also takes a lot of aggression to make the moves necessary to get to the front.”

No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150

  • Will be making his first-ever start at Bristol Motor Speedway and just his second start on an all-concrete surface
  • Won his first-career pole award in his concrete debut earlier this season at Dover International Speedway
  • First three wins in the ARCA Racing Series came on tracks 0.875-miles in length or shorter
  • Crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. will be making his 10th start as crew chief at Bristol. He has earned four top-five finishes at the track, including three second-place results
  • Briscoe currently leads the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings
  • Leads all NCWTS drivers in laps completed in 2017 (1,964 of 1,968, 99.79%)
  • Leads all rookies in laps led (109), average running position (7.757) and driver rating (100.8)
  • DID YOU KNOW? Ryan Blaney won the 2015 Bristol race, rallying from a lap down early in the event after being penalized for jumping a restart on lap 38. Blaney took the lead from Matt Crafton following a restart on lap 200 in overtime to score the win. The victory was his fourth in the NCWTS and BKR’s second-consecutive victory at Bristol

Chase Briscoe: “I’m so excited to get to Bristol. My favorite kind of tracks are the high-banked places, and Bristol is certainly one of those. I’ve had it circled on the schedule ever since the start of the season. I feel like it would be an awesome opportunity to win there and secure our playoff spot. It’s frustrating to not find Victory Lane yet this year after being so close, but Bristol may be the place where that changes. BKR has had a lot of success there in the past and back-to-back wins. Not many things would be cooler than picking up my first NASCAR win under the lights at ‘The Last Great Colosseum.’”