January 13, 2015 Theriault to Drive NASCAR Camping World Series No. 29 Truck for Brad Keselowski Racing in 13 Races
From National Speed Sport News Staff
MOORESVILLE, N.C.. – Brad Keselowski Racing has revealed its team lineup in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the 2015 season.
The organization will field two full-time entries in the 23 race series. Cooper Standard returns as primary sponsor of the No. 29 Ford F-150 while Broken Bow Records and Cequent Performance (through its Draw-Tite, Reese and Bulldog brands) will share primary sponsorship of the No. 19 truck.
“I feel extremely fortunate to have Cooper Standard, Broken Bow Records and Cequent Performance partner with Brad Keselowski Racing again in 2015,” said team owner Brad Keselowski. “Together we are a team in every sense of the word and I’m looking forward to a successful season.”
Tyler Reddick, 18, will compete full-time behind the wheel of the No. 19 Ford F-150. Reddick made 16 starts in 2014, winning two pole positons and scoring nine top 10 finishes. His season was highlighted by three fourth-place finishes – Chicagoland (Joliet, Ill.) Speedway, Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway and the fall event at Texas Motor Speedway. Doug Randolph will return as the team’s crew chief.
“The way we closed out the 2014 season was quite a statement for us as a team,” Reddick said. “We were able to do some really good things toward the end of the year. It was a great way to end the season and keep the momentum rolling into 2015 as we compete for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship. It’s great to work with everyone at Cequent and Broken Bow Records again this coming season. I can’t wait to get started.”
The No. 29 Ford F-150 will compete full-time for an owner’s championship with primary sponsorship from Cooper Standard and the company’s Careers For Veterans program. The entry will feature a rotation among four different drivers, highlighted by team owner, 2012 Sprint Cup Champion Brad Keselowski, 2014 NCWTS runner-up Ryan Blaney, NASCAR Sprint Cup star Joey Logano and up and coming young talent Austin Theriault. Chad Kendrick returns as crew chief for the all-star lineup.
The move is a homecoming for Theriault, 20, who spent the 2012 and 2013 seasons with Brad Keselowski Racing as part of the team’s driver development program, running a partial schedule in in Southern super late model tours plus working full-time in the team’s shop. The native of Fort Kent, Maine, is scheduled to compete in 13 of the series’ 23 races.
“I’m really, really excited to be coming back to BKR,” Theriault said. “I’m coming back to where I started as a part of the late model development program. It’s huge for me to be behind the wheel of the Cooper Standard Ford F-150. I’m looking forward to sharing this truck and soaking up as much information as I can from them and being a better driver. BKR is so strong and to be a part of this organization is a humbling opportunity for me.”
Keselowski said having Reddick and Theriault on the team’s driver roster accomplishes his goal of creating opportunities for young drivers to show their talent with a competitive race team.
“One of the things I wanted to do at BKR is give talented young drivers an opportunity, Keselowski said. “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.”