NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Preview: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
Keys to the Race
Wipers, wet weather tires and brake lights means racing rain or shine
Stay on the track all day and you’re probably going to finish well
Driver aggression peaks near the end of the race and can ruin a solid run
Crew chiefs must pick a pit strategy and stick with it
Ford Performance simulator helped BKR prepare for CTMP
No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford F-150
No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford F-150 will carry a tribute paint scheme honoring Ron Keselowski at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The paint scheme mirrors the car he drove to his first USAC win at Pocono Raceway in 1974, and throughout his Cup Series career
Cindric will be making his 21st-career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start and second at CTMP
Has reeled off six-consecutive top-10 finishes entering Sunday’s race at the 2.459-mile road course
Sits 10th in the NCWTS championship standings
Qualified a career-best second at CTMP in 2016 in a third Brad Keselowski Racing entry
Became the youngest winner ever in the IMSA Continental Tire Series with his 2015 victory at CTMP
DID YOU KNOW? Ryan Blaney became the first BKR driver to win at CTMP in 2014, averaging a race-record 109.889 mph. The margin of victory (0.050 seconds) was one of the closest finishes in Truck Series history.
Alex Tagliani won back-to-back pole positions for BKR at CTMP in 2014-15
BKR drivers have racked up five top-10 finishes in nine starts at the Canadian road course
Austin Cindric: “Canadian Tire Motorsport Park is a white-knuckle racetrack, which makes it very exciting as a driver because you know you have to give it a hundred percent to get everything out of the truck every lap. The Canadian race fans are some of the best in North America and those guys get really excited and that makes for a fun weekend. The next two race weekends are the most important for us this season because it’s our last two chances qualify for the playoffs. The Ron Keselowski throwback paint scheme on our Draw-Tite Ford F-150 this weekend is really cool. Hopefully we’ll be able to do everyone proud.”
No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150
BKR marks the 20th anniversary of Bob Keselowski’s first NCWTS victory with a throwback Cooper Standard Ford F-150 identical to the truck driven to Victory Lane at Richmond Raceway in 1997
Chase Briscoe’s history with Bob Keselowski goes farther back than his relationship with Brad. When Briscoe moved to North Carolina to volunteer at race shops in the hopes of becoming a NASCAR driver, Bob and Brian Keselowski were the first people he volunteered with. Additionally, Brian was also one of Briscoe’s first coaches in a stock car.
Although this will be Briscoe’s first time on a road course in a truck, Briscoe has one road course start at New Jersey Motorsports Park in the ARCA Racing Series. Briscoe finished fourth at the 2.250-mile circuit.
LOCK IT IN: There are several scenarios in which Briscoe can clinch a playoff spot in this weekend’s race. In addition to a victory locking him into the post-season, he would clinch a spot with 29 points (eighth-place finish with no stage points) if a repeat or points-ineligible driver wins, or 46 points (second place with 11 stage points, 11th place with 20 stage points) if a new NCWTS regular wins.
Chase Briscoe: “Canadian Tire Motorsport Park is probably the first race I’m going into with no expectations. I’ve only run one road course in my life, so we will see how it goes with our Throwback Cooper Standard Ford F-150. My teammate Austin Cindric will obviously be really good, and I feel like the roles have been reversed from Eldora; I will be leaning on him a lot. I’ve never been out of the country to race, so that will be something really cool to knock off the bucket list.”