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Brad Keselowski Racing – Chicagoland Speedway Preview


Chicagoland Speedway
American Ethanol e15 225
Friday, Sept. 16th, 2016
8:30 PM ET
NCWTS Pre-Race 
Radio Broadcast 
(Fri., Sept. 16th4:30 PM ET
(Fri., Sept. 16th) 8:00 PM ET
(Fri., Sept. 16th) 8:30 PM ET
(Fri., Sept. 16th8:30 PM ET 
(MRN and SiriusXM Channel 90) 
Lock It Down: Daniel Hemric (@DanielHemric) and the No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford F-150 team enter the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at Chicagoland (Joliet, Ill.) Speedway looking to officially cement their spot in the first-ever NCWTS Chase. Sitting second in the NCWTS driver point standings, Hemric is currently seeded seventh on the grid, 56 points ahead of the Chase cutoff line and 24 points ahead of eighth-place Timothy Peters.
Daniel Hemric Notes
  • Has 12 top-10 finishes in the NCWTS this season – more than any other driver  
  • Currently second in points, 28 points behind leader William Byron
  • Has one previous start at Chicagoland Speedway (2015) but was sidelined early by a mechanical issue and credited with a 25th-place finish

    Hemric has six third-place finishes this season and has finished third in his last three consecutive races
  • Brad Keselowski Racing has nine previous starts at Chicagoland Speedway – best finish is second place (twice, with Keselowski in 2013 and Tyler Reddick in 2015)
  • BKR is looking for its first victory on a mile-and-a-half track
A Win and Reddick Is In: The American Ethanol e15 225 at Chicagoland (Joliet, Ill.) Speedway is the final race before the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Chase begins.  A victory by Tyler Reddick (@TylerReddick) and the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150 team would vault them into the playoffs with a shot at winning the series title over the final seven races.  Reddick currently sits 11th in the standings, 39 points behind eighth-place – the final Chase position.
Tyler Reddick Notes
  • Owns two top-five finishes in two starts at Chicagoland – average finish is 3.00
  • First NCWTS top-five finish came at Chicagoland in 2014 (fourth place)
  • Grabbed a second-place finish at the 1.5-mile track in 2015
  • Has four top-10 finishes on speedways this season
  • Led 149 laps (205.750 miles) in speedway competition in 2016
  • Owns 23 top-10 finishes in 37 NCWTS speedway races
  • Won his third-career NCWTS pole position Aug. 17 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, his first on a short track
  • Pole position at Bristol was his third in 54 NCWTS races 
  • The No. 29 Ford F-150 driven by Reddick is named J.J. after Good Times TV show character Jimmie “J.J.” Walker 

Daniel Hemric – No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford 
F-150“I don’t have a whole lot of experience at Chicagoland Speedway, since we had an issue so early in the race last year, but I do know it’s a track that a lot of drivers look forward to going to. Chicagoland offers such a wide racing surface to work with, that as drivers, we can constantly be searching for grip during the race. It makes you feel like you have a little more in your control as to how your day turns out.  Everyone on our Draw-Tite Ford F-150 team is focused on running well and locking down a spot in the Chase this weekend.”

Chad Kendrick – Crew Chief, No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford 
“I feel really confident going into this weekend. One of our biggest points of emphasis in 2016 has been on improving our mile-and-a-half program, and we’ve been made big gains so far. We’re bringing the same truck we finished third with at Kansas and Kentucky, so we know that our Draw-Tite Ford F-150 is fast. There’s a little pressure off of us knowing how far ahead of the Chase bubble we are, but we are by no means locked in. We just need to keep doing what we’ve been doing all year and that part will work itself out.”

Tyler Reddick – No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150: “Chicagoland is a challenge because you’re never really going straight. The back straightaway can throw some people off, but you can make a pass anywhere on the race track.  The bottom is still the fast way around the track, but you’ll see people moving around trying to find clean air. You must take advantage of the momentum when you have a run and complete the pass, because you don’t want to stall out and lose positions. The track conditions are constantly changing, so it can be a gamble, setup-wise, to have a good Cooper Standard Ford F-150 at the end of the race.”

Doug Randolph – Crew Chief, No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150:
“Our goal is to win every race, so that won’t change for us this week.  I think knowing that we must win makes it a little easier as far as risk versus reward with our decisions and strategy.  The biggest thing at Chicagoland is there is room to race.  There are a couple of different grooves and you can make ’em all work.  Tyler scored his first top five there and last year he had a good run.  He and everyone on the Cooper Standard team have a lot of confidence going into the weekend.”
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