Texas Motor Speedway – Post Race Report

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No. 19 Race Recap

By any measurement, Tyler Reddick (@TylerReddick) had a good race in the WinStar World Casino & Resort 350 Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway.  But with just two races remaining in the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season, good might not be good enough to win the title.
Reddick scored a fifth place finish – his series leading 12th top five in 21 races this season and his third consecutive. He claimed his second top five in four starts at the 1.5-mile speedway.
But as impressive as those numbers are, Reddick lost ground in the series championship standings. The driver of the Stoney Creek Records Ford F-150 ranks third, 21 points behind the leader with two races remaining.
Reddick started 17th in the 147-lap race and from the drop of the green flag he started climbing through the field.  He moved inside the top 10 by lap 17 and was up to eighth place when a series of green flag pit stops began for the leaders on lap 43.  Tyler cycled into the lead on lap 48 before he pitted one lap later for four tires and adjustments.  When the pit stop sequence was completed, Reddick was 10th in the running order.
He was ninth at the time of the first and only caution of the race on lap 55.  None of the leaders chose to pit during the yellow and he restarted there when the green flag waved on lap 59.
Reddick briefly ran outside the top 10 immediately following the restart but rallied back towards the front on lap 66.  He was back up to 10th place on lap 68 and five laps later he was seventh.  Tyler grabbed sixth on lap 78 and stayed there as the race neared the 100 lap mark and the second and final round of scheduled pit stops.  He made his final stop for four tires and fuel under green on lap 97.
Armed with fresh tires, Reddick again started climbing back up the leaderboard.  He was seventh by lap 100 and was up to fifth place on lap 105.  But without the benefit of another yellow Reddick could get no closer to the leaders.  He was credited with a fifth place finish in the final rundown.

Tyler Reddick – No. 19 Stoney Creek Records Ford F-150:

“I was surprised our Stoney Creek Records Ford F-150 didn’t fire off better on that restart.  We had newer tires than some of the guys in front of us but I was back in dirty air on the restart and we were just too tight.  Our Ford F-150 came to life right after that but by that time the damage was done.  It’s just unfortunate that we didn’t get enough cautions to get back up there.  I think we had a good truck once the field got strung out.  But in the end we came home fifth with a clean truck that we’re taking to Homestead and I’m excited about that.”

Doug Randolph – Crew Chief, No. Stoney Creek Records Ford F-150:

“I felt like we had a little better Stoney Creek Records Ford F-150 than where we finished.  The starting position probably played a role in that because the race went green so much it was hard to get that track position back.  I felt like that in the middle of runs we were as good as anybody.  I’ve been preaching top fives all year but it’s still frustrating.  Twenty one points are a lot to make up with two races to go.  The risk versus reward is greatly different now so we can take some big risks.”

No. 29 Race Recap

Ryan Blaney’s appearance behind the wheel of the No. 29 Cooper Standard Careers For Veterans Ford F-150 Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway might have been unexpected but his third place finish  in the WinStar World Casino & Resort 350 was right on target.
Blaney (@Blaney) was tapped to drive the No. 29 Cooper Standard Careers For Veterans Ford F-150 just days before the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Texas.  Ryan responded by delivering his best finish in five series races at Texas.  He also claimed his fourth finish of third or better in five starts in the No. 29 this season for a white hot average finish of 3.20.
Blaney started 15th and roared inside the top 10 by lap 3.  Ryan continued to slice his way through traffic and by lap 13 was up to fifth place but his truck began to get loose shortly after he climbed inside the top five.  He was up to fourth place by lap 30 and picked off third position on lap 39 just before scheduled green flag pit stops began.
Ryan stopped for four tires and adjustments on lap 46 and had cycled back up back to fifth position when the pit stop sequence was complete on lap 50.  He was fourth when the first and only caution slowed the pace on lap 54.
Ryan restarted fourth when the race went green on lap 59.  He briefly moved up to third position on lap 60 then settled back into fourth on lap 66 where he stayed for the majority of the run.  As the race neared the 100 lap mark and another round of pit stops, Blaney stopped under green on lap 95 for four tires and fuel.  Fast pit work from the Cooper Standard team put Ryan in second place when the cycle of stops were complete.
He held on to second until he slipped back to third place on lap 110 – just 37 laps from the finish.  Blaney and team needed one more yellow and a short run to the checkered flag to enhance their chances to run with the leaders.  The long green flag run at the end of the race was too much to overcome to have a chance to contend for the victory and Blaney was forced to settle for third place at the checkered flag.

Ryan Blaney – No. 29 Cooper Standard Careers For Veterans Ford F-150:

“I can’t thank Brad Keselowski and Cooper Standard enough for having me back in the Cooper Standard Careers For Veterans Ford F-150.  Hopefully Austin Theriault will be back soon.  It was a lot of fun.  We got progressively better throughout the night.  We qualified 15th but we were able to get through the field fairly quickly. Chad Kendrick did a good job getting us better throughout the night.  Our guys did a great job in the pits and we got a couple of spots on that last pit stop which was really good.  It was tough to run with the two guys that finished ahead of us because we struggled on long run speed.  We could hang with ‘em for 10-15 laps but after that they started to pull away.”

Chad Kendrick – Crew Chief, No. 29 Cooper Standard Careers For Veterans Ford F-150:

“I never would have thought that there would have been just one yellow the whole race.  I’d have liked to have seen another caution for many reasons.  I felt like we needed the opportunity to make a bigger adjustment on the Cooper Standard Careers For Veterans Ford F-150.”