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Nov 09
2016

Texas II 2016 Recap

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November 9, 2016

BRAD KESELOWSKI RACING TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY RECAP
Texas Motor Speedway
Striping Technology 350
Friday, November 4th, 2016  | 8:30 PM ET
THE RESULTS
Driver
Daniel Hemric
Driver
Tyler Reddick
Starting Position
2
Starting Position
5
Finishing Position
3
Finishing Position
4
Status
Running
Status
Running
Driver Points Position
7
Driver Points Position
9
Points Ahead of Eighth Place
31
Points Behind Ninth Place
0
RACE RECAP
Daniel Hemric (@DanielHemric) earned his 10th top-10 finish of 2016 and his seventh third-place finish of the season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series' second stop at Texas Motor Speedway. Hemric was in the hunt for the win for the duration of the event, leading for 38 laps and fighting until the end for the victory, ultimately crossing the finish line third.
 
Hemric started on the front row for the Striping Technology 350 after a solid qualifying effort, just barely missing the pole position. From the wave of the green flag, Hemric and the race leader pulled away from the pack, separating themselves by as many as 20 truck lengths from the competitors behind them. Hemric relayed to crew chief Chad Kendrick that he initially fired off too free, but the No. 19 Blue Gate Bank Ford F-150 tightened up over the course of the run. When the Caution Clock expired on lap 40, Hemric was still in the second position, reporting that his truck had become too tight once the tires had worn off late in the run. Kendrick called for four tires, fuel and both air-pressure and track-bar adjustments, and a flawless stop by the crew earned the Brad Keselowski Racing team the lead for the lap 44 restart.
 
Hemric proceeded to lead nearly every lap until just before the Caution Clock once again triggered a yellow on lap 83. Dropping to the second position just before the caution, Hemric reported that he was losing overall grip over the course of the run. The BKR pit crew once again serviced their machine with four tires, fuel and both track-bar and air-pressure adjustments, and again their speedy work earned their driver the point position.
 
Taking the green flag from the lead, Hemric quickly relinquished the top spot following a wild three-wide restart. Dropping back into second, the top four trucks pulled away from the pack and swapped positions for the remainder of the 38-lap run, and Hemric was scored in the third position when the Caution Clock expired for the third and final time. The Blue Gate Bank crew had one final shot to adjust on their Ford F-150, and the team made one more stop for four tires, fuel and adjustments. Hemric emerged in the third position and took the green flag for the final time on lap 130. With 17 laps of green-flag racing remaining, Hemric fought his way back up to second, but was passed in the final laps, resulting in a third-place finish. The top-10 finish was Hemric's third in just four starts at the Fort Worth facility.
 
Lightning fast work by the Cooper Standard pit crew was the catalyst for Tyler Reddick's fourth-place finish in the Striping Technology 350 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway. Reddick made three pit stops during the 147-lap race and gained a position with every visit to pit lane.
 
Reddick racked up his seventh top-five effort of the season and fifth in the last seven races.  He claimed his fourth top five in six races at Texas and equaled his best-ever finish at the 1.5-mile speedway, pushing his average finish to 8.33. The No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150 driven by Reddick at Texas, named J.J. after Good Times TV show character Jimmie "J.J." Walker, once again performed well.  The chassis has top-five finishes in three starts, including a win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Oct. 1. Reddick moved up to ninth place in the series championship standings, one point ahead of Cole Custer.
 
Reddick started fifth but developed a loose-handing condition during the first run of the race. He was eighth at the time of the first caution on lap 40 and pitted one lap later for four tires and a major chassis adjustment, restarting seventh on lap 44.
 
Reddick got stuck in traffic on the restart, slipping back to the 10th position by lap 46, but soon rallied. He was up to seventh by lap 61 and stayed there until the Caution Clock expired on lap 83.
 
Another round of pit stops followed on lap 84, and speedy service by the Cooper Standard team on pit lane moved Reddick up to the sixth position for the restart on lap 87.  For the majority of the following run, Reddick searched for a groove that worked best, a process complicated by the fact his truck was loose off at the bottom of Turns 2 and 4, but tight off the high side of both corners. He grabbed fifth place on lap 123, just before the third and final yellow flag on lap 126.
 
One lap later, Reddick stopped for service and once again he gained positions on the exchange of pit stops, moving up to fourth place for the restart on lap 130 and the 17-lap dash to the checkered flag.  The top four pulled away from the pack moments after the green flag waved. Unfortunately, Reddick wasn't able to challenge for position during the closing miles and collected  a fourth-place finish.  
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING
Daniel Hemric - No. 19 Blue Gate Bank Ford F-150: "First off, I have to thank all my guys on pit road. We've been working really hard back at the shop and trying to perfect our pit stop stuff, so hats off to those guys for keeping us in contention. We had a really fast Blue Gate Bank Ford F-150, but about 10 or 15 laps into a run, our truck's handling would make a big swing and give up a lot of front grip and then overall grip. I thought we would have good short-run speed on that final run, but I gave up grip even earlier that run than what we thought it would. I'm really proud of everyone at Brad Keselowski Racing for giving all the effort they could. I just really wish we could win one of these things."
 
Chad Kendrick - Crew Chief, No. 19 Blue Gate Bank Ford 
F-150"I really want to recognize our pit crew for their work tonight. They had perfect stops all night long and that makes a huge difference in an event like this, which didn't have a ton of passing or opportunities to make strategy calls. We seemed to have a pattern of starting off the every run too free and then eventually transitioning to the tight side. We backed off on our adjustments a little for that final restart, knowing it would be a much shorter run; we were hoping to get to that sweet spot a little faster and be where we needed to be on the final lap. We came up a little bit short at the end, but I'm incredibly proud of our effort. The good news is, we've still got two more races to get a win with Daniel."
  
Tyler Reddick - No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford 
F-150: "I'm really proud of our Cooper Standard guys because they did a great job on pit road all night to get us up to fourth by the end of the race.  I just made the wrong call at the end of the race and freed our Ford F-150 up a little too much for the short run to the finish. I had a tough time being able to commit to the throttle, and in these trucks, that's so important. Both of our trucks ran up front at Las Vegas, and after that our expectations were pretty high coming into Texas. This is a really good Cooper Standard Ford F-150 that we ran tonight. We won with it at Las Vegas and finished well here tonight. We'll just have to work on it a little more."   
 
Doug Randolph - Crew Chief, No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150: "Everyone on our Cooper Standard pit crew did a solid job all night long.  They've done a great job all year.  We've been able to count on them all season and they came through again tonight.  The way the race played out, every time there was a caution, you bolted on four tires and hoped you had a good stop. Our guys did a great job of picking up one position every time, but that made it tough to do anything strategy-wise. I would have loved to have had a longer race because I felt like we needed another run or two to get to the front.  We kept making adjustments and Tyler kept digging. We had a decent night, but it wasn't quite what we had hoped for."
 
MEDIA RECAP
Daniel Hemric participated in a media advance Nov. 2 to promote the upcoming Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway. WINK-TVNBC-2Telemundo, the News-Press and the Naples Daily News were among the participating media outlets.
Tyler Reddick taped an interview with FS1 for a Veterans Day piece that's scheduled to air Nov. 11
 
Hemric and Reddick participated in an interview Nov. 3 with Motor Racing Network where the two drivers discussed Most Popular Driver and did previews for upcoming races at Phoenix and Homestead.
 
Both Hemric and Reddick performed live interviews with FS1 following their qualifying runs.  Following the race, Hemric did live interviews with both FS1 and Motor Racing Network while Reddick spoke with both Motor Racing Network and The Motorsports Talk Show which airs on Talk Radio 1190 in the Dallas and airs on iHeartRADIO.  

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