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Allgaier Captures ‘Dash 4 Cash’ As New Format Debuts

The first of four Dash 4 Cash races this season in the NASCAR XFINITY Series added some extra incentive for series regulars on Saturday at Phoenix International Raceway.

The DC Solar 200 also marked the debut of the new D4C format that featured the first two stages of the event deciding which four series regulars would compete for the $100,000 bonus in the final stage of the race.

Following Stage 1, pole-sitter William Byron and Elliott Sadler locked themselves in a position to compete for the prize money in the last stage.

Byron finished Stage 1 third while Sadler passed JR Motorsports teammate and eventual race winner Justin Allgaier late in the stage to take the D4C position and finish fifth.

In Stage 2, Allgaier bounced back and finished second, securing his eligibility for the $100,000 in the Final Stage. Tyler Reddick earned the final spot among the four D4C competitors in his first career D4C event.

Once the final stage went green, Allgaier had command over his three competitors. Reddick briefly passed Allgaier after his No. 42 Chevrolet team took two tires on pit road during a late restart. However, Allgaier’s four tires proved superior, and he quickly navigated his way back to the front.

Multiple late restarts stacked up the field and allowed Sadler and Byron to close in on Allgaier. When the No. 7 BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet was trapped behind leader Erik Jones for many laps, Sadler came within a few car lengths, but once Allgaier passed the No. 20 Reser’s Main Street Bistro Toyota, he didn’t lose the lead again in the race.

Allgaier then perfected the final few restarts and crossed the finish line first, picking up both the race win and $100,000 bonus.

Byron came closest to Allgaier, finishing fourth while Sadler came home fifth and Reddick ended the race in 14th-place.

For the second consecutive year, the winner of the first D4C race of the year also ended the event in Victory Lane. Jones won last year at Bristol Motor Speedway and cashed in on the $100,000.

Now Allgaier will have the opportunity to compete for $1,000,000 if he’s able to claim each of the three remaining D4C prizes.

He will first battle for the money again at Bristol next month, then Richmond International Raceway, and finally during the D4C finale at Dover International Speedway in June.

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Ganassi Duo Solid in Phoenix XFINITY Race

AVONDALE, Ariz. — Chip Ganassi Racing had a solid Saturday in the DC Solar 200 at Phoenix Raceway.

Tyler Reddick completed every lap for the first time in a NASCAR XFINITY Series race while Brennan Poole posted an eighth-place result.

Reddick, who ran the No. 42 at Daytona in February, was involved in an early accident at the superspeedway and salvaged a 20th-place result two laps down. But he stayed out of trouble at the desert oval and ran in the top five midway through the event. However, late restarts gave the 21-year-old racer trouble near the end.

“All day yesterday in practice, we had a really hard time getting the take-off speed we needed,” Reddick told POPULAR SPEED. “Honestly, for most of the race, we had pretty good take-off speed on the restarts — better than we were expecting.

“We freed it up too much at the end of the race hoping for a long green flag run. We probably could have finished inside the top 10, but mistakes there at the end cost us a good finish.”

Reddick finished 14th in his second career XFINITY race and was pleased with his performance nonetheless. He said racing on paved short tracks has been difficult in his NASCAR career.

“These short tracks are going to be tough for me,” he said. “[Asphalt racing] isn’t something I knew a lot about growing up. I did a lot of dirt track racing, and being on the top for restarts wasn’t the place for us all day long. Being loose at the end cost us a lot.”

Poole, who sits seventh in the standings, called the final 40 laps of the race “wild.” But he said his confidence is up after Saturday’s performance and thinks a win will come soon.

“The restarts were crazy. Everyone is trying to get what they can get,” he told POPULAR SPEED. “We battled all day. Our car was not really where we wanted in practice, and we didn’t get a great qualifying result. But at the end of the day, we worked through every stop to make the car better and wound up getting an eighth-place finish.

Both CGR drivers had sweat dripping down their face when they climbed out of the car after the race. That’s what a 200-mile event in the Valley of the Sun will do to a person. But both men still had quite a bit more energy afterward.

They both said they could go “another 200 laps.”

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“They Said What?” Memorable Quotes – Truck Series Part 2

We may have turned a page on the calendar and entered the year 2017, but that doesn’t mean we’re quite ready to leave 2016 behind yet. Even if we were, there’s still a month left till the start of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Back in December, I released the first part of our memorable quotes article, which can be read by clicking here. Now to help pass the time, here are some more memorable quotes that drivers said throughout the season.

 

“When you don’t give a guy a chance, what’s the point of racing? I couldn’t do anything else. He gave me no choice, no chance to do anything, so it’s not racing in my book. He’s shown time and time again throughout the year that he doesn’t have much respect, just through different situations when he’s under people. When he’s loose under them, he tries harder and wrecks into them and ruins their day, when it should’ve been his day ruined. So there’s just no respect in this garage area right now. We had another fight right outside of our truck that didn’t even involve us. It’s just a joke right now, really. We’ll see what happens.”

Cole Custer on racing John Hunter Nemechek for the win at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.

 

“It was a solid day. I had a lot of fun here. It was good to lead some laps. I thought we could’ve gotten a better finish, but John Hunter Nemechek forgot that he had a brake pedal on one of the restarts there.”

Kyle Larson on racing John Hunter Nemechek at Martinsville Speedway.

 

“Just got ran over by a bozo, I guess. I don’t know if the kid is brain dead or he can’t see.”

Johnny Sauter on Ben Rhodes after the pair wrecked while racing for the lead.

 

“We really battled the whole race. They gave me a great truck at the end. That’s why (Busch) is a great Cup driver. I’ve got a lot to learn from that guy. He blocked my every move, and it was all I could do.”

Cameron Hayley on racing Kyle Busch for the win.

 

“It’s been a lot of fun, it’s been a lot trying times, it’s been a lot of blood, sweat and tears by both my wife and myself and all these guys that are on this team now and all the people that have been a part of Kyle Busch Motorsports in the years past. We wouldn’t be here without all them.”

Kyle Busch on the success of Kyle Busch Motorsports. 

 

“We had been picking up speed each week and one or two more weeks, we would’ve had one. It sucks not to be in the chase, but we will get a win before its over.”

Tyler Reddick after missing the inaugural Truck Series Chase. His prediction was right, as he won at Las Vegas Motor Speedway later on in the year.

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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 2016 Recap/2017 Outlook – Tyler Reddick

After posting a runner-up in points in 2015, Tyler Reddick struggled to find speed in his Brad Keselowski Racing Ford through the first half of the season en route to finishing ninth in points.

 

Car No.: 29

Crew Chief: Doug Randolph

Team: Brad Keselowski Racing

Wins: 1

Top-Fives: 8

Top-10s: 12

Points Finish: 9th

2016 Quick Summary: After posting a runner-up finish in points in 2015, Tyler Reddick entered this year hungry as one of the championship favorites.

“I know what second place feels like now, and I really don’t like it too much,” he said in November 2015. “So if I didn’t have enough reasons to win the championship, I’ve got one more.”

Unfortunately, the season didn’t start out how Reddick envisioned as he posted four straight finishes outside of the top-12. However, he was able to find his footing and get it quickly turned around, following it up with four straight top-seven finishes, including a hard-fought fifth at Texas Motor Speedway after an early race spin.

With the up-and-down finishes to start the year, everybody wondered whether Reddick would even make the cut as one of the eight drivers in the inaugural Camping World Truck Series Chase. The next eight races saw the mixed results continue – four top-10s to go with two crashes – which saw Reddick just miss the cut to qualify.

“We had been picking up speed each week and one or two more weeks, we would’ve had one,” Reddick said. “It sucks not to be in the chase, but we will get a win before its over.”

The biggest thing missing for Reddick and BKR was speed through the summer months as they found themselves unable to truly contend for wins against Kyle Busch Motorsports and ThorSport Racing. However, in the final stretch of seven races to complete the year, they were able to find some of the missing pieces. Reddick was able to post four top-four finishes, including a victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway after leading 70 lap of 146 laps.

2016 Highlight(s): The victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway certainly proved to be a highlight and make not qualifying for the Chase a little easier to handle.

2016 Lowlight(s): The fact they struggled for periods of time to find speed and qualify for the Chase. It was surprising as BKR entered the year as one of the top-three teams in the series, aligned with ThorSport and KBM.

a2017 Outlook: After two years at Brad Keselowsk Racing in the truck series, Reddick is set to take on his next opportunity. Near the end of November, Reddick announced he would split time with Kyle Larson in the No. 42 Chevrolet Camaro in 2017. While it’s surprising to see a driver go from a full season in one series to a non-full schedule (18-22 of 36 races) in another, perhaps it’s about Reddick positioning himself for the future, feeling maybe one day he could move up to Cup with Ganassi.

Regardless of the reasoning, the No. 42 team proved they were fast last year as they took both Larson and Justin Marks to victory lane over the course of the season. Whether Reddick is able to duplicate that success will depend how quickly he adapts to the car versus the truck.

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Momentum Good for BKR in Time of Change

After struggling for speed at the beginning of the year, Brad Keselowski Racing was able to find some speed to close out the season – which could be very handy going into 2017. The organization is set to go through more change than they’re used to heading into 2017.

With success the past two years with Tyler Reddick and success this year with Daniel Hemric, both drivers are set to move up to the XFINITY Series in 2017, taking away the stability BKR has had year-to-year with their growth in the program. Each year, BKR has been able to keep the same face in their truck full-time, or close to full-time – until now. With change comes unpredictability, wondering whether the right decisions are being made in the drivers chosen to take over those rides.

With speed, though, the questions become easier to handle. Knowing their trucks are quick make it more natural for trust and confidence amongst each other, as well as a driver coming to the organization.

The growth in the organization could prove vital, as it shows being able to persevere through any troubles forced their way. Just take a look at the path success for 2016.

At the beginning of the year, both Reddick and Hemric struggled. Reddick failed to post a top-10 finish in the first four races, while Hemric fought through the issues to find a certain level of consistency. However, the concerns were laced in his interviews on a weekly basis.

“It’s minor stuff,” Hemric said in June. “We’ve just got to do a better job as a whole. I can be better, we can be better obviously because we haven’t won a race yet. But I promise you nobody’s working harder than we are.”

Through the summer months, though, they got better, and the results showed as Hemric put himself in a good position to easily qualify for a Chase spot while Reddick remained just on the outside looking in.

“We’re building better race trucks and coming to the track faster, and racing better every week,” Hemric said in July. “Obviously, we haven’t been able to do that so far, but as we wind down to the Chase, we either need to win a race or be one of those one or two guys getting in by points. If we keep putting ourselves in contention, we will win races. So just trying to keep faith in that and hopefully, we can get on that same roll that Byron is on.”

Once the Chase began with Hemric as one of the eight drivers, confidence began to radiate more. The belief was shared by Reddick, who expressed it with his Chase demise.

“We had been picking up speed each week, and one or two more weeks, we would’ve had one,” Reddick said. “It sucks not to be in the chase, but we will get a win before its over.”

The confidence showed as Hemric posted two runner-ups within three races, while Reddick scored the victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway after leading 70 laps. In the last six races of the season, the pair posted six top-fives between them – three each, including a runner-up for Reddick in the season finale after leading 16 laps.

The drivers don’t know what the future holds for them with their plans – Reddick at Chip Ganassi Racing, Hemric at Richard Childress Racing. However, they both were able to put Brad Keselowski Racing back up front, which could prove vital for them, possibly bringing the team back to their 2015 form when they chased a title with Reddick.

The team decided on Austin Cindric to start, driving one of the team’s Ford-150s full-time, which brings some familiarity. The son of Team Penske president Tim Cindric has run five races with Brad Keselowski Racing over the past year, qualifying a career-best second at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. He got the opportunity following success in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and ARCA Racing Series, which includes a total of three wins. The second driver, however, has yet to be announced.

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Reddick Racing for Ganassi in ’17

On Friday, Chip Ganassi Racing announced it would add Tyler Reddick to its XFINITY Series program beginning in 2017.

The 2015 Camping World Truck Series runner-up will split time with Kyle Larson in the No. 42 Chevrolet Camaro. Mike Shiplett will continue to call the shots as the crew chief for the No. 42 team.

2016 didn’t shape up the way many thought it would for Reddick and Brad Keselowski Racing. Coming off a strong 2015 campaign, he failed to qualify for the first-ever Camping World Truck Series Chase for the Championship. Although he wasn’t able to partake in the Truck Series playoffs, he was able to snag a win last month at Las Vegas.

“Tyler is one of those rare young talents that everyone here at Chip Ganassi Racing feels has a chance at the next level in NASCAR,” said team owner Chip Ganassi. “We feel that he can learn a lot being here with our team and getting to work with Kyle as they both have very similar racing backgrounds. I am looking forward to seeing him behind the wheel of one of our cars.”

Reddick is ready to begin his tenure with Chip Ganassi Racing, though he acknowledges it won’t be an easy road.

“It’ll definitely be a learning curve, but sharing the car with Kyle Larson will speed up my learning process,” said Reddick. “I feel very fortunate to be a part of a winning organization and without a doubt plan to win races as well. I would like to thank every single person that has put forth an effort to help elevate my career to this point.”

Before Friday night’s Truck Series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Reddick has made 62 Truck Series starts, with three wins, three poles, 24 top-fives and 39 top-10 finishes. 61 of his 62 starts came in a Brad Keselowski Racing-prepared truck.

His current team owner, Brad Keselowski, weighed in on his driver moving up the ranks.

“We are very happy for Tyler, and I’m really proud of what he has accomplished with Brad Keselowski Racing,” he said. “When Tyler came to drive for us in 2014, he didn’t have much racing experience on asphalt, and just one year later he was racing for a Camping World Truck Series championship. He gave us our first Daytona win in 2015 and first victory on an intermediate track a few weeks ago in Las Vegas – both milestones for our company.

“In his three years and 61 races with our organization, Tyler has established himself as a winner and has become part of the Brad Keselowski Racing family. While we will miss the energy he has brought to our team, we are excited to see him graduate to the NASCAR XFINITY Series and look forward to seeing him perform in the next stage of his career. We hope to finish off our season with a win tonight and wish him all the best.”

Reddick is expected to make 18-22 starts next season in the No. 42.

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Reddick Not Returning to BKR in 2017

On Wednesday, Tyler Reddick announced he would leave Brad Keselowski Racing at the end of 2016. The current Camping World Truck Series driver revealed the news on SiriusXM NASCAR radio. No details of his 2017 plans were announced.

Reddick joined Keselowski’s team nearly three years ago, making 16 starts during the 2014 season. He accumulated three top fives and nine top 10s, securing a full-time spot for the following year.

Starting the season off with a bang, Reddick won the season-opener at Daytona International Speedway. A victory at Dover International Speedway solidified his status as a championship contender. He gathered 14 top fives and 19 top 10s yet finished second in the point standings behind Matt Crafton.

Despite his past success, the driver of the No. 29 has struggled throughout 2016. A lack of consistency led to multiple finishes outside the top 20. The lows were offset by the highs, which currently includes a victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, seven top fives, and 11 top 10s. Reddick battled against this year’s competitive field yet failed to make the inaugural CWTS Chase Grid.

Silly season is now in full swing, with many driver announcements coming within the past two months. BKR teammate Daniel Hemric signed with Richard Childress Racing and will move to the XFINITY Series in 2017. Other Truck drivers, such as William Byron, are also going to the next level. There is also a shift from NXS to Sprint Cup Series, started by Erik Jones. There are seats available with various teams, so options are open for the young driver. Currently, one of the biggest rumors has Reddick joining Team Penske, piloting the team’s second XFINITY Series entry.

Although his future is somewhat up in the air, Reddick is optimistic he and the No. 29 team can finish the year on a high note.

“It’s going to be a shame I’m not going to be there next year, but I’ve really enjoyed the time I’ve spent there,” he said, adding, “Hopefully, I can repay them with two more wins to add to the list.”

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Hemric’s Runner-Up Finish Not Enough at Las Vegas

The Chase for the Sprint Cup has proven the importance of running consistently through the three races in each round of the playoffs. One bad performance often puts a competitor behind in points and in need of a victory to advance further in the championship hunt.

After facing tire issues and going behind the wall in the Truck Series Chase opener at New Hampshire, Daniel Hemric headed into Saturday night’s race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway trailing Johnny Sauter by 21 points for the final position to advance to the Round of 6.

He started the DC Solar 350 in sixth and made his way to the front by the halfway point and was leading when the crossed-flags were displayed.

Hemric faced fierce competition from his teammate and eventual race winner Tyler Reddick throughout the second-half of the event. The Brad Keselowski Racing drivers occupied the top two spots for much of the closing laps, and Reddick proved too strong for Hemric by the finish.

While it was a record-breaking night for BKR with their first victory at a 1.5-mile track and first one-two finish, a flipped result would have further secured the organization’s championship hopes.

“It’s easy to be very frustrated, to say the least, running second,” Hemric said following the race.

If he had captured the victory, he would have qualified for the next round. However, a second-place run only gained the 25-year-old six points on Sauter. He now trails Sauter for sixth by 15 points, tied with John Hunter Nemechek, with one race remaining in the opening round. 

With Talladega serving as the conclusion to the first round, it creates the ultimate wild card. Unpredictability defines the style of competition at the superspeedway, and title contenders could easily be swept up in a crash and face unexpected elimination.

The unknown factor could also benefit Hemric and Nemechek as they control their playoff fate as a win would take points out of the equation. However, if they aren’t successful in getting to Victory Lane, their championship hopes will be up to the performances of the six competitors currently in a position to make the second round.

As Hemric continues to search for his first career victory, a second runner-up finish in the last three races has placed him on the brink of victory. While he has been close throughout the season, crunch time has arrived for the No. 19 team. Now a win at Talladega or remarkable good luck in the points are the only two ways this team will continue in the playoffs.

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Reddick Captures First Win of Season, Shakes Up Chase

By Owen A. Kearns (NASCAR Wire Service) – LAS VEGAS – Tyler Reddick outdueled Brad Keselowski Racing teammate Daniel Hemric to win Saturday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series DC Solar 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The victory was Reddick’s first of the 2016 season and marked the first time the Brad Keselowski Racing team had fashioned a one-two finish in the series.

Reddick led five times for 70 of the 146 laps around the 1.5-mile track, taking the advantage for the final time from Cole Custer shortly after the race’s third caution.

Custer, who finished third in the No. 00 Chevrolet, faded from contention after a furious battle with Hemric, one that likely assured Reddick of the victory as the pursuers used up the grip in their tires.

Reddick’s margin of victory over his teammate was 1.404 seconds as he completed the race at an average speed of 143.163 mph.

“We were spot-on from the beginning,” said Reddick, who started 16th in the 31-truck field but reached the top three by the 19th lap. The victory was his third in the series and first since June 2015 at Dover International Speedway.

Ben Kennedy and William Bryan completed the top-five finishers. Christopher Bell,Johnny Sauter, Matt Crafton, pole starter Timothy Peters and Grant Enfinger were sixth through 10th.

Peters and Kennedy led the early stages of the race. Peters held the point until the 14th lap when Kennedy took over followed by Custer. The caution clock triggered the yellow flag at lap 39, giving Reddick the lead after pit service.

Reddick, Hemric and Custer exchanged the lead through most of the remainder of the event, which saw a dozen total lead changes among five drivers. Hemric led the second-most laps, 38.

Saturday night’s race was the second of three in the NASCAR Camping World TruckSeries Chase’s Round of 8. While Reddick was not among the eight post-season qualifiers, a Hemric victory could have allowed the runner-up finisher to advance to the next round. As it is, he’s 15 points outside the six-driver cutoff line heading into the Oct. 22 Talladega Superspeedway elimination race, the same as John Hunter Nemechek, who finished 16th in Las Vegas.

“Unfortunately, I was a spoiler for my teammate,” Reddick said.

Hemic said it could be easy to be frustrated – so near yet so far – but noted Reddick did what he was supposed to do for the team.

“We’re both racing for the win,” he said. “We’re doing all we can to win these races. He did everything picture-perfect.”

New Hampshire winner William Byron, who’s guaranteed to advance to the next round, continues as the points leader. Bell, Crafton, Kennedy, Peters and Sauter all are above the cutoff line after two of the three Round of 8 races.

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THREE TAKEAWAYS: UNOH 175 at NHMS

The UNOH 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway served as the first battleground for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase playoffs. Already some of the eight contending drivers were met with adversity and will need to make up for it in the upcoming two events of this round. In the end, William Byron grabbed the first victory of the playoffs and earned entry into round two.

Here are three takeaways from event one of the Chase:

KBM Puts Everyone on Notice

From the drop of the green flag, Kyle Busch Motorsports teammates and Chase contenders Byron and Christopher Bell dominated the 175 lap race.  Many drivers tried various pit strategy, but they were no match for the Toyota-powered organization. Byron and Bell executed a flawless race, led a total of 171 laps and finished first and second respectively.

The strong showing from the organization secured them as early favorites for the championship. If either of the two rookies were to grab the title this year, they would be among the youngest Truck Series champions – Byron (18) would be the youngest ever.

Problems Are Going to Come

Among the Chase contenders, Daniel Hemric did not have the happiest of days. Early on in the race, the 25-year-old driver suffered a flat left-rear tire and sustained minor damage. After repairs on pit road, the driver was several laps down, and couldn’t recover. He finished 28th.

The No. 19 team now stands eighth, 21 points from safety. Two drivers will be eliminated after the event at Talladega Superspeedway. To advance to the next round, Hemric might need a little luck to pull through. However, problems are bound to happen for other contenders as well – especially with a restrictor plate event looming in two weeks. Perhaps the team just needs to focus and stay consistent.

Won’t Back Down

Just because they’re not in the Chase, doesn’t mean they’re going to back down. It might serve as a surprise that several non-chase drivers earned strong top-10 finishes Saturday afternoon. Tyler Reddick secured his fifth top-5 of the season and rookie Cole Custer placed sixth. Furthermore, part-time Truck Series competitors Kaz Grala and Brett Moffitt finished seventh and eighth respectively.

Drivers like these might be a source of aggravation for the Chase contenders, but they prove how talented and competitive the Truck Series field is. While they might not be scraping for a title, their season isn’t over until the last lap at Homestead-Miami Speedway – and victory lane remains on their mind.

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