NASCAR: Brad Keselowski’s Truck Series team finalizes lineups for 2015

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After almost capturing a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series title last year, Brad Keselowski Racing will look to continue their momentum in 2015 with Tyler Reddick as its new full-time driver.

Reddick, the 19-year-old Californian, is taking over the appropriately numbered No. 19 Ford F-150. He made 16 starts in that very machine last season, earning two pole positions, three Top-5s, and nine Top-10s (best finish of fourth; Chicagoland, Talladega, and Texas).

All three of his Top-5s and seven of his nine Top-10s occurred during the last eight races of the season.

BKR’s No. 29 Ford will also run the full schedule in 2015. But it will go for the Truck Series’ owner’s championship after Ryan Blaney drove it to second in last season’s driver’s standings.

The four-driver rotation for the No. 29 includes Blaney, who will compete on a part-time basis in Sprint Cup for the Wood Brothers in 2015.

Also in the rotation are former Cup Series champion Keselowski, his Cup Series teammate Joey Logano, and young gun Austin Theriault.

Theriault returns to BKR after running in its developmental program back in 2012 and 2013. He will get the majority of seat time in the No. 29, as the team says he’ll be running 13 of the 23 events.

“One of the things I wanted to do at BKR is give talented young drivers an opportunity,” said Keselowski. “Both Tyler and Austin are perfect examples of what I’m trying to accomplish.

“We saw a lot of improvement with Tyler in 2014. He really stepped up his game during the second half of the season and I certainly think he can compete for wins and challenge for a championship in 2015. Austin was part of our driver development program, so for him to have an opportunity to drive for us in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is pretty special.”

BKR has retained sponsorship support from Cooper Standard (No. 29), as well as Broken Bow Records and Cequent Performance’s group of companies (No. 19). Doug Randolph will guide Reddick as his crew chief, while Chad Kendrick will lead the No. 29’s formidable quartet.

Starting lineup grid for IMSA Petit Le Mans: Tom Blomqvist puts MSR on pole position

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IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship contender Tom Blomqvist put the Meyer Shank Racing Acura at the front of the starting lineup for the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Road Atlanta.

Blomqvist turned a 1-minute, 8.55-second lap on the 2.54-mile circuit Friday to capture his third pole position for MSR this season. Earl Bamber qualified second in the No. 02 Cadillac for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Ricky Taylor was third in the No. 10 Acura of Wayne Taylor Racing, which enters Saturday’s season finale with a 19-point lead over the No. 60 of Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis (who will be joined by Helio Castroneves) for the 10-hour race.

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With the pole, MSR sliced the deficit to 14 points behind WTR, which will field the trio of Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque and Brendon Hartley in Saturday’s race.

“We really needed to put the car in this kind of position,” Blomqvist said. “It makes our life a little less stressful tomorrow. It would have given the No. 10 a bit more breathing space. It’s going to be a proper dogfight tomorrow. The guys gave me such a great car. It’s been fantastic this week so far, and it really came alive. I’m hugely thankful to the boys and girls at MSR for giving me the wagon today to execute my job.

“That was a big effort from me. I knew how important it was. It’s just awesome for the guys to give them some sort of reward as well. It’s always nice to be quick. If you do the pole, you know you’ve got a quick car.”

Though WTR has a series-leading four victories with the No. 10, MSR won the Rolex 24 at Daytona and has five runner-up finishes along with its three poles.

The strong performances of the ARX-05s ensure that an Acura will win the final championship in IMSA’s premier Daytona Prototype international (DPi) division, which is being rebranded as Grand Touring Prototype in the move to LMDh cars next season.

Taylor qualified third despite sliding into the Turn 5 gravel during the closing minutes of qualifying while pushing to gain points.

“Qualifying was important for points,” Taylor said. “Going into it, if we outqualified the No. 60 Meyer Shank Acura, they had a lot to lose in terms of championship points. So, we were trying to increase the gap over 20 points which would’ve made a big difference for tomorrow. We would have loved to get the pole and qualify ahead of the No. 60, but in the scheme of the points, it didn’t change a whole lot. I’m feeling good since it’s such a long race, and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura team does such a good job strategizing and putting us in a good position.

“I’m very confident in our lineup and our team compared to them over the course of 10 hours. I’d put my two teammates up against those guys any day. I think we are all feeling optimistic and strong for tomorrow.”

In other divisions, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports (LMP2), Riley Motorsports (LMP3), VasserSullivan (GTD Pro) and Paul Miller Racing (GTD) captured pole positions.

The broadcast of the 10-hour race will begin Saturday at 12:10-3 p.m. ET on NBC, moving at 7 p.m. to USA Network. Peacock will have flag-to-flag coverage.


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