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Lucas Oil 150

Race Recap:Tyler Reddick (@TylerReddick) made a late-race rally to score a 12th-place finish in the Lucas Oil 150 Friday night at Phoenix (Avondale, Ariz.) International Raceway.  Reddick is tied with Cole Custer in the battle for ninth place in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship standings entering the final race of the season next week at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway.

The driver of the No. 29 Cooper Standard Careers For Veterans Ford F-150 qualified in the 13th position and ran inside the top 15 during the opening stages of the 150-lap race. Reddick steadily moved forward despite a tight handling condition and four early cautions, climbing into the top 10 on lap 32.  He was running 11th when the fifth caution slowed the pace on lap 65 and set up a round of caution flag pit stops on lap 68.

Crew chief Doug Randolph called his driver to pit lane for a change of right-side tires and other adjustments, a strategic move to give his driver precious track position.  Reddick emerged from pit lane with the lead on lap 69 - a gain of 11 positions - and held the top spot for the next four laps and through the restart on lap 73.

Reddick did an admirable job hanging with the leaders despite the fact his fellow competitors had changed all four tires. He settled into the fifth position as the race moved past the 100-lap mark.  Reddick lined up 11th for the restart following the eighth caution on lap 111. The intense racing was not kind to Reddick, who at one point was squeezed out of line near the wall in Turn 2, kicking up a cloud of dust in the process. He fell in line 13th once things settled down, and was holding firm to the position at the time of the ninth and final caution on lap 142.

Randolph called his driver to pit lane on lap 143 for a four-tire stop.  He restarted 15th for the final four-lap dash to the checkered flag on lap 147. Reddick motored through traffic to score a 12th-place finish.  

What They Are Saying
Tyler Reddick - No. 29 Cooper Standard Careers For Veterans Ford F-150: 
"Doug made a great call in the middle of the race to get track position, but it just didn't work out for our Cooper Standard Careers For Veterans team.  We stopped and put on four tires with just a few laps to go. You never know what's going to happen and you don't know how many restarts you're going to have, so that was certainly worth the gamble. We got the balance on our Ford F-150 pretty close by the end of the race, and there really wasn't more we could do, balance-wise, to improve our speed."

Doug Randolph - Crew Chief, No. 29 Cooper Standard Careers For Veterans Ford F-150: "Being in clean air is huge at Phoenix and that move to just put on right-side tires got us up front. It just didn't work out for our Cooper Standard Careers For Veterans team.  We just needed it to stay green, and I felt like if that had happened, we would have still been alright.  With the tire disadvantage, every one of those restarts was a challenge for Tyler and he did a nice job in traffic.  We were hoping that it would stay green and it just didn't go our way. It seems like we get a caution in our races at Phoenix without running four or five laps under green, and that makes it a tough race for the drivers and crew chiefs."