Texas Motor Speedway Post-Race Report

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Driver:

Tyler Reddick

Starting Position:

12

Finishing Position:

21

Status:

Running

Owner Points Position:

6

 

Tyler Reddick (@TylerReddick), driver of the No. 19 Bulldog Ford F-150, was credited with a 21st place finish in Friday night’s WinStar World Casino 400 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Reddick started 12th and did a respectable job during the opening segment of the race, climbing into the top 10 by lap 33. On lap 36, Reddick was racing with a lapped truck when the No. 19 got tight off Turn 2, nudging his fellow competitor and sending them for a spin down the backstretch, bringing out the first caution of the race.

Unfortunately a few laps later Reddick found trouble again. On lap 43 he was in the outside lane in a three-wide battle for position off Turn 4. The trio ran out of racing room off the corner. Reddick made contact with one of his fellow competitors and the end result was a cut left front tire. One lap later Reddick shot up the banking between Turns 3 and 4 and into the outside wall, sending him to the garage area for repairs.

He would return to the race and was able to gain valuable experience. One bright spot for the team was that when he returned to the track, Reddick was able to run lap times comparable to the race leaders.

“We fought through a lot and still had a really good Bulldog Ford F-150. It was three-wide, just a racing deal. I was on the outside. I probably got the worst end of it because it body slammed both sides. I was afraid we were going to have a tire go down there and we did. There was nothing we could do about it. The guys bust their butts on this truck every single week and when you tear a body up on one it just backs everything up. After all the issues we had we came back and logged some pretty good lap times, as good as the leader and at times faster than the leaders with all the body damage we had. That’s something to be very proud about.”

Doug Randolph – Crew Chief, No. 19 Bulldog Ford F-150: “It was a tough and frustrating night but we saw a whole lot of potential. At the start of the race we got shuffled back but Tyler found a groove and man he started moving back up through there. The incident was just racing. He got body slammed but we thought we were going to be all right. It looked like it broke a fender brace and that eventually poked a hole in the left front. The guys did a great job getting it back out there.”

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Driver:

Ryan Blaney

Starting Position:

3

Finishing Position:

4

Status:

Running

Driver Points Position:

4

Ryan Blaney (@RyanBlaney22), driver of the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150, scored a fourth place in the WinStar World Casino 400 Friday night at Texas. Blaney claimed his third top five finish of the season and climbed three positions in the series championship standings. He also led the race twice for 45 laps, the most laps he has led in six NCWTS races this season.
Blaney had one of his stronger runs of the season but a late race stop for a splash of fuel under green took away his chance to win the race. He was running second when the fourth and final caution waved on lap 105. Blaney and crew chief Chad Kendrick decided to pit for four tires and a major chassis adjustment.

He restarted second when the race went back green on lap 109. Blaney and leader Matt Crafton were running side-by-side when Ron Hornaday Jr. made a bold move to make the leaders three-wide at the entrance to Turn 3. Wisely Blaney backed off to avoid a potential collision but fell back to sixth in the running order.

Blaney steadily began working his way back toward the front despite having his hands full with a loose handling truck. He moved into third-place with 34 laps to go and stayed there as the event moved into its closing stages. Like most of the lead lap trucks, he was forced to make a final stop for a splash of fuel under green on lap 158, just nine laps from the finish, and he was able to bring it to the checkered flag in 4th place.

Ryan Blaney – No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150: ”The Cooper Standard Ford F-150 was really good.  I felt like we were the only one that could run with the 88 (Matt Crafton).   I was pretty tight all night.  The last stop we took tires and made an adjustment.  I thought we made the right adjustment.  I thought we were going to be really good and it was really loose.  It took me so long to get through everybody and back up to third.  I finally started making ground but I was too far back.  Some guys were able to make it on fuel.  You can’t be too mad with a top five but I really thought we could have contended for the win.”

Chad Kendrick – Crew Chief, No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford
F-150: “The guys back at the shop and here at the track did a really good job preparing this Cooper Standard Ford F-150. This was a truck we had to kind of scramble to get together with the wrecks at Kansas and Charlotte. There was no way we could stay out and I didn’t want to run us out of gas and ruin a good night. Ultimately we needed a caution to put on a set of tires and get one more chance to win. We led laps and got points for that. I guess it’s good to be disappointed with a fourth. We’ll go to Gateway and see if we can get a win there.”