Brad Keselowski (@Keselowski), driver of the No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford F-150, made his third start of the season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Wednesday night at Bristol Motor Speedway in the UNOH 200.
In only Keselowski's seventh career NCWTS start at Bristol Motor Speedway, he was able to maintain track position early by fighting hard for seventh place after a long green flag stretch from lap three to lap 68.
Under the second caution of the night, crew chief, Chad Kendrick, brought Keselowski's Draw-Tite machine in for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment before restarting him in the second position on lap 77. The stop was quick and efficient, propelling the No. 19 F-150 up five spots from where it had started the race.
With 50 laps to go, Keselowski radioed in saying he was really tight which was preventing him from getting around the No. 17 for the first position.
The break the Draw-Tite team had been waiting for came on lap 178, due to a wreck in turn four. Kendrick brought the BKR Ford down pit road for two tires and a splash of fuel restarting Keselowski in fifth spot once the field went back to green.
Unfortunately, for the Draw-Tite team, the No. 88 ran out of gas on the second to last restart and caused a pile-up behind him, which punted Keselowski to the bottom of the race track and brought out the final caution. After taking fresh tires under caution, the No. 19 F-150 was able to move from 11th position to a hard-fought ninth place finish.
"We had a fast Draw-Tite Ford F-150 tonight. I'm proud of this team for displaying yet again another crucial performance to salvage a top ten finish. We have come a long way from where we began, but we still have some work to do. I want a win in this Series. The effort and execution was there tonight, we were just missing some luck." - Brad Keselowski