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Brad Keselowski Racing announced on Thursday that it will cease operations following the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. Brad Keselowski Racing, established in 2008, has helped numerous drivers get their feet wet in the sport of NASCAR.

The goal of Brad Keselowski Racing, owned by 2012 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski, was to help young drivers find their way into the sport. They have helped young drivers like Parker Kligerman, Ryan Blaney, Ross Chastain, Tyler Reddick, and numerous others.

"I've never made it a secret that I would eventually like to be an owner at the top level of the sport.  And, while this is many years down the line, I want to start to prepare for that possibility now,” said Keselowski in a team release. “Part of that preparation is seeking to develop an advanced engineering and manufacturing company that would be housed out of our 78,000 square foot facility in Statesville and ultimately help to support this vision.

Another reason behind the move could be because the Camping World Truck Series don’t really provide a return of investment. In an article on MRN.com, Keselowski noted back in 2014 that he loses around one million dollars a season, with seven to eight million in revenue a year.

Despite the breaking news on Thursday, Brad Keselowski Racing, its team members, and its drivers are committed to a successful season through 2017.

The team currently fields two full-time entries with Austin Cindric and Chase Briscoe. Both drivers combined hold eight top five and 16 top 10 finishes this season. Briscoe captured two poles this season at Dover and Gateway.

Brad Keselowski, owner of Brad Keselowski Racing, later posted a blog following his decision. You can read that post by clicking here.

Today NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team owner Brad Keselowski announced that his team, Brad Keselowski Racing (BKR), will end operations at the conclusion of the 2017 season.
 
"The Truck Series is truly special to me given my family's ties to the history of the sport, and this decision comes with much contemplation.  But, for a number of reasons, and as I plan for the long-term future, I've decided not to field a team in 2018," said Keselowski.
 
BKR has fielded trucks in NASCAR competition dating back to 2008. Since that time, the organization has provided opportunities to more than a dozen up-and-coming drivers.  BKR has amassed nine Camping World Truck Series wins and the team has twice contended for the championship in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
 
"My goal with BKR was to create a top-tier team which would allow me to give back to the sport by creating opportunities and quality experience for others, whether they be drivers, mechanics, engineers, or support personnel.  With outstanding leadership from BKR's GM Jeremy Thompson, assistance from Team Penske, and the support of our long-time partners Cooper Standard and Horizon Global, we were able to successfully achieve this goal.  I am very proud of this and intend to do my best to help my BKR team members stay and grow in the sport.  I am also incredibly appreciative of the great relationships we have developed with our partners over the years.
 
"The team has also provided me with meaningful experience as a team owner," Keselowski continued.  "I've never made it a secret that I would eventually like to be an owner at the top level of the sport.  And, while this is many years down the line, I want to start to prepare for that possibility now.  Part of that preparation is seeking to develop an advanced engineering and manufacturing company that would be housed out of our 78,000 square foot facility in Statesville and ultimately help to support this vision."
 
BKR, its team members, and its drivers remain fully committed to pursuing victory in the remaining races on the 2017 calendar, and hopefully contending for the Series championship in Homestead.   
 
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AUSTIN CINDRIC BREAKDOWN

Austin Cindric rallied from a mid-pack starting position to claim a ninth-place finish in the UNOH 200 Wednesday night at Bristol Motor Speedway.
 
Cindric reeled off his sixth consecutive top 10 and third in a row on a short track. He remains 10th in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings, 55 points behind the final playoff position.  
 
The start of the 203-lap race was delayed over two hours for an evening thunderstorm, with the field getting the green flag at 10:45 p.m. Cindric started 18th and picked off two positions on the initial start. He was running 16th at the time of the first caution on lap 25. Crew chief Doug Randolph made the call for Cindric to pit on lap 27 for four tires, and the young driver restarted 23rd on lap 30.
 
The driver of the Fitzgerald Ford F-150 steadily worked his way through traffic during the final laps of Stage 1, climbing up to 17th by its conclusion on lap 55. Cindric cycled into the race lead during the stage break when others on the lead lap pitted on lap 62. He began Stage 2 as the race leader and ran well during the 55-lap segment, finishing in third position. He made a four-tire stop on lap 115 during the stage break, and speedy service on the pit lane by the Fitzgerald team enabled Cindric to restart second for the start of Stage 3 on lap 120. 
 
Cindric fell in line third on the restart, and ran sixth for much of the following green flag run, a 75-lap stretch that saw him wrestle a tight handling truck and lapped traffic. He was ninth when the fifth and final caution waved on lap 196, a yellow flag that pushed the finish of the race into overtime. Cindric stopped one lap later for four tires and lined up eighth for the final two-lap dash to the finish.
 
Shortly after the wave of the green flag, Cindric was split three-wide in traffic. Although he bounced off his competitors in the frantic dash to the finish, Cindric brushed away the contact and claimed ninth-place at the checkered flag.
 
CHASE BRISCOE BREAKDOWN
 
Chase Briscoe and the No. 29 Cooper Standard team struggled to find the speed they needed at Bristol Motor Speedway, fighting to overcome a disappointing starting spot and battling a tight condition on exit. However, Briscoe and his BKR team fought until the end to get the most out of the event and ultimately brought home a 12th-place finish.
 
Briscoe had a steep hill to climb after a 15th-place qualifying run put him deep in the field at a place where track position is critical. Immediately, Briscoe’s spotter TJ Majors could see that the No. 29 was “really a handful,” and the Cooper Standard machine dropped to 21st by the time the yellow flag waved on lap 25. Reporting that he was loose in and tight off the corners, Briscoe’s crew provided him with four tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment, putting him 25th for the lap 30 green flag. No longer free into the corners, Briscoe was able to advance to the 22nd position before the conclusion of the first stage.
 
Crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. made the strategic call to remain on the track under yellow, putting Briscoe in the second spot when green-flag racing resumed on lap 65. Briscoe stated that his handling had improved with adjustments, but he was still very tight center off, and he dropped to 12th over the course of the entirely-green second segment. Briscoe asked Hillman to give his truck more security, and the Cooper Standard team provided him with four tires, fuel and both air-pressure and track-bar adjustments.
 
Briscoe restarted 11th, and after struggling initially, he was running lap times mirroring the leaders by the end of the long 75-lap green-flag run. Hillman decided to see what Briscoe could do with fresh tires in the final sprint to the overtime finish, and he called his driver to pit road for four Goodyears and an additional chassis adjustment.
 
Unfortunately, not enough laps remained for Briscoe to take advantage of his tires, and a setback on the final restart ultimately resulted in a 12th-place finish. Briscoe remains fourth in the championship standings and sits solidly ahead of the cutoff to make the playoffs.     
 
BKR PR

Fighting handling issues throughout both practice sessions Wednesday morning at Bristol Motor Speedway, Kaz’s No. 33 ChargeCords.com team worked vigilantly to fix the problem, and did so on the last run of final practice. Using qualifying to continue to tweak on the setup, Kaz secured an 11th-place starting position for the UNOH 200.

 

Just as the NCWTS field was getting ready to strap in for 200 laps, a rain shower came through, delaying the start of the race for a couple hours. Not knowing what to expect with the change in track conditions, Kaz used the first couple laps to get acclimated. Fighting an extremely loose ChargeCords.com Chevrolet Silverado throughout stage one, crew chief Jerry Baxter called Kaz down pit road from the 14th position on lap 57 for four tires, fuel, and both a track bar and air pressure adjustment to try to tighten him up.

 

With varying pit strategy taking place, Kaz restarted 18th. However, as the laps began to wind down in stage two, Kaz reported that his engine didn’t sound right. Making it to the stage two break, the problem began to worsen. Bringing his ChargeCords.com Chevy to the attention of his team on pit road on lap 113, a mechanical issue was discovered, ending his night early with a 28th-place finish.

 

Quote
"Today felt like an uphill battle. We we’re fighting issues throughout practice with the front nose of the truck but finally figured it out on the last run of final practice. We had speed at the start of the race but I was just too loose to really be aggressive. Obviously this isn’t how we wanted our night to end but some things are just out of our control. That’s racing. We’ll move on and get ready for one of my favorite tracks, Canadian Tire (Motorsports Park).”

 

Additional Info
- After the 14th race of the season, Kaz is currently 12th in the NCWTS point standings, but has one win and five bonus points towards the playoffs.

 

GMS Racing PR

In his second start at Bristol Motor Speedway, Justin Haley began the UNOH 200 from the 12th position on Wednesday night. Running 11th when the first caution of the night occurred on lap 25, he reported to crew chief Kevin Bellicourt the he was really tight entry to center. Haley stayed on track and managed the handling condition to move into the top 10 with 10 laps remaining in the first stage.

 

Visiting pit road under caution, Haley told his team that the handling had been much better over the final green flag run in stage one. Bellicourt gave his driver four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment, with the Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevy lining up 12th for the restart. As the second stage went green, Haley once again worked his way back into the top 10. Running the fastest laps of the field, the 18-year-old began to work his way toward the top five with 15 laps remaining in stage two, but as the handling of his Silverado began to change he struggled to get past the eighth position.

 

Under caution before the final stage of the night, Haley pitted for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment telling the team his truck went from tight to loose during the second stage. He lined up eighth for the restart behind teammate Johnny Sauter and picked up three spots on the restart putting him within the top-five. Haley began to fall back in the field when his truck once again became loose. On lap 196 Haley made contact with another lap car bringing out the final caution of the day. Sustaining minimum damage, he came to pit road for four tires and to check for a tire rub before returning to the track in the 12th position.

 

Haley picked up on spot on the green-white-checkered to finish 11th, his best finish at Bristol Motor Speedway.


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“We had a really fast Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet. The guys did a great job adjusting on it all night, we just ended up being way too loose at the end. The consistency we’ve shown the last few weeks is still there, so we’ll get a plan together and keep building toward a win down this final race stretch.”

 

Additional Info
- Haley is now 11th in the driver championship standings.

 

GMS Racing PR

Johnny Sauter and the Allegiant Chevrolet team started from the 3rd position for Wednesday night’s UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Sauter fell back to the fifth position as the green flag waved and maintained his position while fighting a truck that was loose on entry and tight on exit. The tight-on-exit condition worsened as the teams approached the end of stage one, with Sauter falling back further to the ninth position.

 

Under caution for the complete of the first stage, crew chief Joe Shear, Jr., called his driver to pit road for four tires, fuel, and an air pressure and chassis adjustment. The No. 21 lined up seventh for the start of the second stage and Sauter gained three spots on the restart but ultimately began to struggle with the tightness on exit. With 20 laps remaining in stage two, Sauter told the team he needed a big adjustment to get through the final stage. He completed stage two in the seventh position before coming to pit road for four tires, fuel and another chassis adjustment.

 

Sauter lined up fifth for the start of the final 110-lap stage. He worked his way up to the second position on lap 139, battling for the lead before lap traffic slowed down his progress. Sauter held on to the third position until the final caution of the night on lap 196, setting up a green-white-checkered finish. Sauter spun his tires on the final restart, causing him to lose three positions on track to finish sixth.

 

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“It seems like we are just struggling with our race setup lately. We were really good in practice and qualifying and when the rain came in we knew it would change the track a little but I didn’t expect for us to be that different. Thankfully we are really just looking for that second win to move us up in the playoff standings. I still feel like when we get to that final seven-race stretch we’ll be fine, but it would be nice to have a little bit of momentum leading into that. The No. 21 team did a great job improving the handling for the final stage tonight, we just really didn’t need that caution at the end.”

 

Additional Info
- Wednesday night’s sixth-place finish is Sauter’s sixth top-10 in nine starts at Bristol Motor Speedway.


- Sauter is second in the driver championship points, 42 points behind the leader, with one win and 10 playoff points.

 

GMS Racing PR

Ryan Truex maintained his position on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series playoff grid after a 16th-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway in the UNOH 200 on Wednesday night. Truex and his HRE team head into the final two races of the NCWTS regular season holding a nine-point cushion.
 
In the two practices on Wednesday morning, Truex posted the 10th and 16th-fastest times, respectively. He advanced to the second round of qualifying and secured the 17th spot on the starting grid. Once the UNOH 200 went green after being delayed by inclement weather, Truex battled with a significantly tight handling condition that kept him near his starting position. The opening 55-lap stage at the “World’s Fastest Half Mile” came to a rapid close with Truex finishing 20th.
 
Crew chief Scott Zipadelli gave Truex four tires and chassis adjustments to alleviate the tight condition under the subsequent Stage caution which flew on lap 57. During Stage 2, Truex’s Toyota Tundra began to swing to the loose side, and lost sufficient grip in the rear tires to mount a charge towards the front. He finished Stage 2 in 17th.
 
After another round of adjustments under the lap 111 caution at the conclusion of Stage 2, Truex made progress when he restarted 15th on lap 120. Truex moved into 12th position by lap 124 before reporting his tires were going away and losing grip. Truex made a final trek to pit road before the race’s Overtime finish, and took the checked flag in 16th position in his first NCWTS start at Bristol, one lap behind winner Kyle Busch. 
 
Ryan Truex Quote: 
“That wasn’t the type of run we wanted or expected tonight. We never hit the balance right on our Food City / Bar Harbor Toyota Tundra tonight. We started out with the front end being bound up in practice, and had to deal with being tight in the center most of the race. Zippy (Scott Zipadelli) made a lot of changes to get us better on pit road tonight, but we just jumped the fence on the balance too much and got loose. We were either way too tight in the center, or burned the rear tires us and it made it difficult to make either lane work. We wanted to give the folks from Bar Harbor and Food City a win tonight, but we’re in a playoff spot, and I feel great about our chances to run up front and hopefully win one of the next two races.”
 
HRE PR
Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-55):                                                                                                                                                                                 
Kyle Busch started first, finished first.
● After rain forced a nearly two-hour delay to the start of the UNOH 200, Busch started from the top spot after earning the pole earlier in the day. Busch led from start to finish of Stage 1, reporting that the truck was handling pretty well.
● The team made a stop for four tires and fuel at the conclusion of Stage 1. While Busch won the race off pit road, a couple of trucks elected to stay out during the caution, placing the No. 18 Banfield Toyota in third place for the restart.
 
Stage 2 Recap (Laps 56-110):        
Busch started third, finished first.
A hectic restart resulted in Busch dropping back to fourth. After the next 10 trips around the .533-mile oval, Busch reported the truck had started to handle a little tight from the center of the turns to the exit and that being back in traffic exacerbated the situation.
Despite the handling concerns, Busch patiently tracked down the leaders and retook the lead on lap 104. He maintained the top spot through to the conclusion of Stage 2.
The team elected to make minor air pressure adjustments, change four tires and add fuel during the caution. Busch won the race off pit road once again but was tagged with a pit road speeding penalty which resulted in him restarting the race at the tail end of the field.
 
Stage 3 Recap (Laps 111-200):
Busch started 17th, finished first.
After starting at the tail end of the longest line, Busch quietly went to work. He meticulously picked up positions, racing his way back amongst the top 10 by lap 137 and the top five by lap 146.
Busch wrestled the lead back on lap 167. The field picked up another opportunity to knock Busch from the top spot when a caution came out with six laps to go. A great restart however, allowed Busch to drive away to his third NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win of 2017.
 
Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 46 Banfield Pet Hospital Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports:                                                       
 
What does it feel like to get this win?
"I can't say enough about all of these guys on this Banfield Pet Hospital Tundra. It was awesome. It was awesome when we unloaded. We made some fine-tune adjustments to it and she was really good all day long. It was a lot of fun to come through the field like that. It kind of gave me some ideas about the rest of the week. Probably showed a bunch of stuff too, but that's what it's all about. This is the start of a triple, so hopefully we can get it."
 
A speeding penalty put you at the back of the field, but it looked like you may have found a new groove coming to the front, talk about that.
"Well there was two (grooves). You know options - options are good and when you have options. When somebody is up high, you go down low and when somebody is down low, you go up high and it made for an interesting show that's for sure. But pretty fun to be able to go out here and compete with these guys, my guys and it was my late model team essentially. We were able to just to go out here and have fun for Banfield. Banfield Pet Hospital team is here and Cessna and Toyota, TRD, Rowdy Manufacturing, Joe Gibbs Racing Engines, NOS Energy Drink, everybody that's a part of our team and makes our organization click."
 
Last race for the year and your two wins away from the all-time lead in the truck series, how special is that for you?
"It is. It's a goal. I mean anything out there you want to shoot for. You obviously want to continue to win as long as you're running in these series. We have got to fill out our schedule and see how all that's going to play out, but certainly want to continue to rack up some wins and you know fortunately we've got sponsors for the next couple years for me to run some races which allows us to run races with other guys. Todd Gilliland looks to have a good schedule for next year, so we're working on some things for him. All these things will be announced later date, but it's looking pretty good right now."
 
Notes:
Busch victory was the 49th NASCAR Camping World Truck win of his career, his fifth at Bristol and his third of 2017.
The win is Busch's 178th career victory across NASCAR's top-three national series'.
Busch led three times for a total of 109 laps.
There were five caution flags for a total of 31 laps.
 
KBM PR
Christopher Bell finished seventh in Wednesday night's UNOH 200 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway won by his boss Kyle Busch. Bell started second, finished inside the top 10 in all three stages and increased his lead in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular season standings to 42 points over reigning champion Johnny Sauter.
 
Stage One Recap:
 
  • Bell started second alongside Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) owner-driver Kyle Busch, but lost one spot to KBM teammate Noah Gragson on the initial start of the race.
  • He fell back to the fourth position on lap 40 as he communicated that his Toyota Tundra was "loose all the way through," and ended Stage One there. 
Stage Two Recap:
 
  • When pit road opened, the 22-year-old driver brought his Tundra to the attention of his over-the-wall crew who administered a four-tire and fuel stop with both wedge and trackbar adjustments.
  • Bell was scored in the sixth position when Stage Two went green on lap 64, but late in the Stage got helped up by lap traffic and lost one spot. 
Final Stage Recap:
 
  • Bell once again communicated that his Toyota was "loose all the way through" before bringing it to the attention of his crew for four fresh tires, a full tank of fuel and another trackbar adjustment.
  • The No. 4 Tundra was scored in the fourth position when the Final Stage went green on lap 119. As another competitor tried to make a pass, the competitor got loose and slid up the track making contact with Bell and forcing him into the marbles as four trucks worked their way past.
  • The Oklahoma native was running eighth when a caution slowed the field for the fifth and final time on lap 195. Bell came down pit road for his final set of Goodyear tires and returned to the track scored in the ninth position for the start of NASCAR overtime.
  • He was able to advance two positions over the final two laps and picked up his 13th top-10 finish this season.

KBM PR

Following a two-hour rain delay Wednesday night at Bristol Motor Speedway, Noah Gragson was strong early in the race, but a pit road penalty at the end of Stage Two hurt his track position, which he could never quite get back. Despite a valiant effort, he finished the race in 15th place.
 
Stage One Recap:
  • Gragson started his Switch Tundra fourth for the first 55-lap stage. With a great start, he jumped up to second place and remained there the entire stage. The Switch Tundra was pretty neutral, so after four tires and fuel he returned to the track in fifth for the second stage.
 
Stage Two Recap:
  • Gragson restarted fifth since a few trucks stayed out which had pitted before the stage ended. He said the truck was a bit free on entry. He ended the stage in sixth place and pitted for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment. He was fifth out of the pits, but a pit road penalty for a crew member over the wall too soon sent him to the tail end of the lead lap trucks.
 
Stage Three Recap:
  • After the penalty, Gragson restarted 19th for the final 90-lap stage. With 20 to go he was still back in 16th and struggled to gain track position. A final caution with a handful of laps would send the race into overtime. Crew chief Marcus Richmond called Gragson to pit road for left-side tires. With a green-white-checker restart, Gragson gained one position in the closing laps to finish 15th.

KBM PR

Rookie Harrison Burton took home an 18th-place finish in Saturday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at Bristol Motor Speedway in the No. 51 DEX Imaging Tundra. This was only Burton's fifth race of the 2017 season for Kyle Busch Motorsports.
 
Stage One Recap:
  • After a rain-delayed start to the race, Burton took the green flag from the 13th position. While battling a slightly tight No. 51 DEX Imaging Tundra, Burton used Stage One to familiarize himself with the race track and the handling of his truck. When the caution flew to end the stage, he was scored 15th.
Stage Two Recap:
  • After a four-tire stop and a wedge adjustment on pit road, Burton started Stage Two from the 17th position, starting behind trucks that did not pit during the stage break. Burton was consistent for the rest of the stage, finding his groove on the racing surface. He ended the stage 15th.
Stage Three Recap:
  • Burton started Stage Three by making a trip down pit road for four fresh tires. When he took the green flag his was in the 18th position. Burton maintained his position and was 16th when the final caution flag flew with only six laps left. After a green-white-checker finish, Burton crossed the finish like 18th.

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