Brad Keselowski Racing: Kentucky Preview

Kentucky Speedway
Buckle Up In Your Truck 225
Thursday, July 7th, 2016  | 8:30 PM ET
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The Pony To Pick: Daniel Hemric (@DanielHemric) and the No. 19 Oakmont Management Group Ford F-150 team are off to the races as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) gallops into the newly repaved 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway. Hemric scored his seventh top-10 finish of the season on June 25 at Gateway (Madison, Ill.) Motorsports Park, and is tied for most top-10 finishes in the series - his average finish through nine races is 9.22.
Daniel Hemric Notes
  • Ranks fourth in the NCWTS championship standings, 10 points behind the leader
  • Has completed 99.87 percent of possible laps this season
  • DID YOU KNOW?  Hemric has earned top-10 finishes at every mile-and-a-half track this season - best finish came at Kansas Speedway (third place)  
  • Has 21 career starts on tracks between one and two miles with an average start of 9.8 and a 10.9 average finish
  • Brad Keselowski Racing has one pole at Kentucky Speedway (Ryan Blaney in 2013) and seven top five finishes in 12 previous starts - including three second-place finishes
  • Team owner Brad Keselowski has two Kentucky wins and one pole in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition, and three victories and one pole in the NASCAR XFINITY Series
Reddick Looks to Rebound in Bluegrass State:  Tyler Reddick (@TylerReddick) hopes to rebound strong in the Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race Thursday night at the newly repaved and redesigned Kentucky Speedway.  Reddick was sidelined by an accident just 11 laps from the finish on June 25 at Gateway (Madison, Ill.) Motorsports Park and is eighth in the series championship standings, one point behind The Chase cutoff position.  Kentucky is the third race in 2016 that the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150 has featured the Careers For Veterans colors.  
Tyler Reddick Notes 
  • Scored sixth-place finish after leading 13 laps in first Kentucky Speedway start in 2015
  • Will be making his 50th NCWTS start at Kentucky - all with Brad Keselowski Racing - and has just two DNFs in 49 previous races
  • DID YOU KNOW? The Cooper Standard Careers For Veterans program supports the men and women who serve our country by helping them put their unique skill sets to work when their service ends.  Careers For Veterans provides opportunities for military veterans and those transitioning from active service to strengthen the Cooper Standard workforce
Daniel Hemric - No. 19 Oakmont Management Group Ford F-150: "I think it's pretty cool that the Truck Series is the first series to race the new track surface. This year the track will be a completely different animal, so I can't really draw on my experience from last year. The one thing I'm confident in is the strength of Brad Keselowski Racing's intermediate track program this year; and I have no doubt that our Oakmont Management Group Ford F-150 will unload fast. We've been making a lot of gains at the shop and I think that's evident when we get to the racetrack. Our expectation is the same each and every week we go to the racetrack: win a race and lock ourselves into The Chase."
Chad Kendrick - Crew Chief, No. 19 Oakmont Management Group Ford F-150: "I'm really interested to get our Oakmont Management Group Ford F-150 on the track at Kentucky Speedway to feel out this new surface and configuration. I'm told that the new track is smooth as glass. Anytime they repave these places, you tend to have more of a one-groove racetrack where drivers are spending a lot of time on the bottom, but I know the speedway has made a point of aging the surface so it doesn't race like a brand new racetrack. We're bringing the same truck we raced at Kansas Speedway earlier this year.  We've made more gains on our intermediate track program since that race, so I'm very confident in our chances going into the race."
Tyler Reddick - No. 29 Cooper Standard Careers For Veterans Ford F-150: "I have one race at Kentucky and we didn't practice or qualify. Fortunately, I have quite a few laps at multiple mile-and-a-half racetracks. Qualifying up front to get a good pit stall is going to be crucial.  We need to make sure that we get up to speed right away and make good use of the practice time that we have. We must execute and not make any mistakes. There are a lot of different variables at Kentucky with the new surface, more banking in Turns 1 and 2, plus we have a different tire than we've run there in the past. I have all the faith in the world in our Cooper Standard Careers For Veterans Ford F-150 team will figure it out first."

Doug Randolph - Crew Chief, No. 29 Cooper Standard Careers For Veterans Ford F-150: "Kentucky is a completely different racetrack than it was before.  The guys who've tested there talked about the huge difference between each end of the racetrack, and I think that's going to be the big challenge for Tyler and the Cooper Standard Careers For Veterans team. Turns 1 and 2 have extra banking, which is pretty straightforward, but Turns 3 and 4 are a lot flatter and about 15 miles-per-hour slower, so that's the area everybody is going to focus on.  It's newly paved and hasn't lost grip, so everybody will be stuck right to the bottom.  If a driver gets out of the groove, you're not just going to lose one spot; you're going to lose 15 or 20 positions."

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