Brad Keselowski (@Keselowski), driver of the No. 19 Draw-Tite Ford F-150, made his fourth start of the season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) in the EnjoyIllinois.com 225 Friday night at Chicagoland Speedway after qualifying 11th earlier in the afternoon.
Keselowski got off to a hot start moving into the top 10 before the first caution came out on lap 14 due to a spin in the backstretch. Crew chief, Chad Kendrick brought Keselowski to pit road for fuel and a track bar adjustment, restarting the Draw-Tite machine in the fifth position on lap 18. One lap after the restart, Keselowski moved into the third position with his strong F-150.
On lap 48, after the second caution flew, because No. 10 was leaking oil on to the track, Kendrick brought the Draw-Tite machine to pit road for four tires, fuel, a track bar adjustment and a tear-off, getting Keselowski off first for the next restart.
On lap 76, when the fourth caution flag came out for an accident in turn four, Kendrick kept Keselowski out for track position telling him to aggressively save fuel just in case there was a green-white-checkered at the finish.
By lap 84, Brad Keselowski Racing (@TeamBKR) was running first and second, with Keselowski leading teammate, Ryan Blaney.
As the final caution came out on lap 101, Kendrick assured Keselowski he was good to go until the checkered flag on fuel and told him to go after it. Unfortunately he came up one position short, finishing a strong second with a very fast Draw-Tite Ford F-150 in his first ever NCWTS race at Chicagoland Speedway.
The No. 19 BKR team now sits fourth in the NCWTS owner points standings, 52 points back from first.
"What a heck of a run we had tonight in the Draw-Tite Ford F-150. I could not be happier with my team for all the effort they showed tonight. We are running very strong and continue to make positive improvements race to race. This team deserves to be in victory lane and I know it will happen for them soon." - Brad Keselowski