Texas Motor Speedway I Preview

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Brad Keselowski Racing Texas Motor Speedway I Preview

No. 19 BULLDOG Ford F-150

Texas Shootout: Daniel Hemric (@DanielHemric) gets ready to Texas Two Step as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) goes into its first of two shootouts at Texas Motor Speedway. Hemric made his debut at the Fort Worth, Texas track in 2015, starting and finishing in the ninth position. If Hemric were to win the cowboy hat trophy at TMS this weekend by taking the checkered flag in his BULLDOG Ford F-150, he would earn his first victory in one of NASCAR’s top-three series, as well as Brad Keselowski Racing’s first win at a mile-and-a-half track.

 Daniel Hemric Notes

  • Made two NCWTS starts at Texas Motor Speedway in 2015, with best start of third (fall race) and a best finish of ninth (spring race)
  • BULLDOG, a Cequent Group brand of heavy-duty towing components, will be featured on the hood of the No. 19 Ford F-150
  • DID YOU KNOW? Hemric attended his first IndyCar race this past weekend at the Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle as a guest of Horizon Global, parent company to Cequent
  • BKR has made 19 starts at Texas and has one pole, six top-five finishes and 10 top-10 finishes.
  • Hemric currently sits third in the NCWTS Driver Point Standings, 17 points behind the leader

What They Are Saying…

Daniel Hemric – No. 19 BULLDOG Ford F-150: ”Texas Motor Speedway is unique because we race there with IndyCar this weekend, and their rubber on the racetrack introduces a new variable in your handling and balance. Texas has a shallow entry, so you really fight the balance on entry to be good on center and exit. We also see falloff in the amount of grip in the tires throughout the run, so you really have to look at the longevity of the tires, not just a fast lap. I feel really confident going into this weekend knowing BKR has a solid baseline on both the aero and the setup side.”

Chad Kendrick – Crew Chief, No. 19 BULLDOG Ford F-150: “We’ve done a lot of preparation going into the race at Texas. We’re bringing the same truck we ran at Charlotte, and we’ve been able to take it to the wind tunnel and make it even better aero-wise than it was in that race. Texas is all about long-run speed and tire management, and the caution clock adds a variable as far as how fuel mileage may or may not come into play.”

No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150

Coming On Strong:  Tyler Reddick (@TylerReddick) has shaken off a slow start to score solid finishes and gain positions in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) series championship standings.  The driver of the Cooper Standard Ford F-150 has one top five and two top 10s in his last two races, including a season-best fourth-place finish May 21 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.  He enters the Rattlesnake 400 Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway eighth in the series standings, 36 points behind the leader.  Reddick has gained eight positions in the series standings over the last three races with an average finish of 8.0.

 Tyler Reddick Notes

  • Won the pole position for 2014 fall race at Texas in just his second start at the 1.5-mile speedway
  • Owns two top-five finishes in four NCWTS starts at Texas
  • Best finish at Texas came in 2014 fall event (fourth place)
  • Has led at least one lap in three of four previous Texas races
  • Completed 613 of a possible 633 laps (99.84 percent) at Texas
  • DID YOU KNOW?  Reddick is the best closer – number of positions a driver improves during the last 10 percent of the race – among active NCWTS drivers at Texas (nine)

What They Are Saying…

Tyler Reddick – No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150: “Texas is one of my favorite mile-and-a-half racetracks, based on the surface and how much you can move around there.  I like tracks where you can move around and find a groove that’s going to help you.  Turn 2 has a very flat exit and it’s important to get off that corner and into Turn 3 really well. We must focus on having the balance right on our Cooper Standard Ford F-150 at the start of the race and make sure that we can stay on top of it all night.”

 Doug Randolph – Crew Chief, No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150: “Texas has been a racetrack that, as a company, Brad Keselowski Racing has had speed and opportunities to win races.  When you unload at Texas, you never know what to expect.  It seems like every time we go there, the weather is different, and as the track ages, it changes, so that will definitely be a challenge for the Cooper Standard team.  It seems like there is less grip later in the year than there is in the June race.  You have to be ready to meet those challenges.”