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BRAD KESELOWSKI RACING ELDORA SPEEDWAY
Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby
Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 | 9:00 PM ET]
Playing In The Mud
: Daniel Hemric (@DanielHemric) and the No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford
F-150 team are about to get dirty as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) prepares to slide through the mud at Eldora (Rossburg, Ohio) Speedway, the only dirt track on the NASCAR schedule. Hemric finished fifth in his only Eldora start in 2015 after picking his way through 13 cautions that slowed the race for 61 laps.
Daniel Hemric Notes
Tied for third place in the NCWTS series championship standings, 17 points behind the leader
Has only eight starts on tracks under a mile in his 36-race NCWTS career
Eight top-10 finishes: is tied for most top 10s in the series and boasts an average finish this season of 8.60
Has equaled career-best finish (third place) three times: Kansas Speedway, Gateway Motorsports Park and Kentucky Speedway
DID YOU KNOW?
Brad Keselowski Racing has two top-five finishes in six previous NCWTS starts at Eldora - best finish is third place by Ryan Blaney (2014) and Tyler Reddick (2015)
Eldora Dirt Might Be Magic Elixir For Reddick:
Perhaps the familiar surroundings of Eldora (Rossburg, Ohio) Speedway will be the catalyst to get Tyler Reddick's season back on track in the Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race. Reddick grabbed his fifth top-10 finish on July 7 at Kentucky Speedway and holds the eighth and final position in the Chase standings by 12 points over Ben Kennedy.
Tyler Reddick Notes
Scored third-place finish at Eldora in 2015
Will be making his third NCWTS start at Eldora - average starting position is 6.50, average finish is 7.00
Completed all 304 laps in two previous Eldora starts
Won 2015 Eldora qualifying race, leading all 10 laps
Youngest driver to start the World 100 at Eldora from the pole - 16 years old
Has led 186 laps in 10 races this season
Scored fifth-place finish after leading 37 laps in most recent NCWTS short track race at Iowa Speedway - has completed all 455 possible laps in two short track events entering Eldora
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING
Daniel Hemric - No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford
The racing at Eldora Speedway is so exciting for the fans; I know that if I wasn't a part of it, I'd figure out a way to be there as a spectator. The variable of Eldora and running my very first dirt race last year was a complete unknown. This year, I have an idea of what to expect and what to look for. I'm just going to get there and figure out what I need to be comfortable. How Tony [Stewart] decides to prep the racetrack between qualifying and the race is a big variable, but I can say that I feel a lot more prepared going into it this year than last year. I like the heat race format, because it gives you a little taste of what the track is doing before you go out there to run 150 laps. My teammate, Tyler Reddick, has a lot of dirt racing experience, so I know I can lean on him. Our Draw-Tite Ford F-150 team has participated in every Truck Series race at Eldora, so they have a solid baseline of where we need to be."
Chad Kendrick - Crew Chief, No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford
"Eldora is a tough place for a crew chief. There's only so much you can do from the pit box. So much is in the driver's hands and, fortunately, we have one of the best drivers in the seat that we can ask for. I'm confident our Draw-Tite Ford F-150 team can get the job done. Based on his experience last year, it sounds like Daniel is going to be looking for more turn in the corners than forward drive off, and I feel we're prepared for that. Last year we needed our trucks to turn better, and that's something we've really worked on going into this race."
Tyler Reddick - No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150:
Running well at Eldora would mean a lot to me, since I have a dirt racing background. I've spent time there racing dirt late models before moving up to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Qualifying and where we start the heat race in the Cooper Standard Ford F-150 is important. A lot of it is going to be luck right off the bat with the qualifying draw. The higher number we draw puts us toward the end of qualifying and makes it harder for us to put in a good qualifying lap. In the past, Eldora has been a one-day show, but this year is a little different. We're going to have two different practice sessions the night before our race. I don't think the track is going to get as dry in practice as it may have in the past when we practiced in the daytime. It's going to be harder for everyone to get their trucks dialed in. We need to be smart about the practice time we have and make the most of it."
Doug Randolph - Crew Chief, No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford
The best thing for us at Eldora is that we have a driver who likes racing on dirt. We've figured out what we're going to fight when the track is damp and when it's dry and slick, and it's important to adapt to either of those conditions. One of the biggest adjustments we can make is tire stagger. Our Cooper Standard Ford F-150 needs to turn well, but you also have to get forward bite, and that's a challenge because the track gets slicker as it dries out. Everybody will pit just once unless you're struggling. You feel a little helpless because there isn't a lot I can do other than depend on my dri