Texas Motor Speedway Post-Race Report

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Driver:

Tyler Reddick

Starting Position:

1

Finishing Position:

4

Status:

Running

Owner Points Position:

6

Tyler Reddick (@tylerreddick), driver of the No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford F-150, won the pole and scored a fourth place finish in the WinStar World Casino & Resort 350 Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway. He also grabbed Sunoco Rookie of the Race honors for the seventh time in 2014.

Reddick won the Keystone Light 21 Means 21 Pole award with a lap of 29.677 seconds, 181.959 mph, his second pole in 15 career starts and his first at the 1.5 mile speedway. Tyler backed up his strong qualifying run with a solid fourth place finish, his third top five of the season and third consecutive top 10.

Reddick ran inside the top 10 for much of the race and used two late-race cautions to gain positions and move inside the top five. He was running 13th when the fifth caution slowed the race on lap 139. Crew chief Doug Randolph called him to pit road for four tires on lap 140 and Reddick restarted 14th when the race went green on lap 142.

Tyler began slicing his way through traffic when an accident on lap 147 pushed the race into a green-white-checkered overtime finish. When the green waved on lap 150 Reddick again went to work, stacking traffic two and sometimes three-wide as he scrambled towards the front. The seventh and final caution came out on the final lap of the race and the field was frozen at the time of the yellow, with Reddick officially listed in fourth place.

Tyler Reddick – No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford F-150: ”This was a great night for our Draw-Tite Ford F-150. We had a really good truck we were just free all night long. It was a handful to hang on to but the guys tuned on it and got it running right. I grew up racing sideways on dirt. Dirt racing is all about car control, running sideways and not wrecking pretty much so we put that to use here. It helps a lot with car control especially on these big mile-and-a-halfs whenever you have a loose vehicle. We had a lot of things that didn’t go perfect for us and we did a good job with that.”

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Driver:

Ryan Blaney

Starting Position:

9

Finishing Position:

9

Status:

Running

Driver Points Position:

2

Ryan Blaney (@RyanBlaney22), driver of the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150, was that he scored his 15th top 10 finish of the 2014 season Friday night in the WinStar World Casino & Resort 350 at Texas Motor Speedway. The bad news was that he lost five points to the leader in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings.

Blaney finished ninth and is 23 points behind the leader with two races remaining to decide the series title.

And it was no small feat that Ryan was able to finish inside the top 10. He battled an electrical problem early in the race which forced the team to change batteries on his truck during the second caution of the race on lap 77.

He restarted 17th when the race went green on lap 81 and during this next green flag run Blaney said his truck had picked up a vibration. Fortunately the third caution of the race slowed the pace on lap 97, giving crew chief Chad Kendrick and the team a chance to pit one lap later for four tires and check the truck. Blaney restarted 14th when the race went green on lap 101.

He benefited from a good restart following the fourth caution on lap 114. Ryan restarted 14th in line but worked his way up to seventh place by lap 127. The fifth caution came out on lap 139 and Blaney pitted one lap later for four tires. He restarted 11th on lap 142 and picked his way cleanly through the final frantic restart on lap 150 to post a ninth-place finish.

Ryan Blaney – No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150: ”We had a tough night in the Cooper Standard Ford F-150. We had an electrical problem and wound up changing the batteries just past halfway. The guys did a great job on pit road to do all that work. The truck was loose early and really tight late in the race. We made a stop toward the end of the race under caution and I was able to get back up to ninth which was good but we lost points. Now we need to win at Phoenix and Homestead to have a chance at the title and I think we can do that.”

Chad Kendrick – Crew Chief, No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150: did a live interview with Motor Racing Network during the network’s race broadcast (Oct. 31).