Sprint Cup regular Brad Keselowski will be making his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series of the 2015 season in Saturday's Hyundai Construction Equipment 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He will pilot the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150.
Keselowski NCWTS notes: Has three previous NCWTS starts at Atlanta where he's completed 99.24 percent of total possible laps (392 of 395). Claimed his first NCWTS victory at Bristol Motor Speedway last August in his most recent series start. Owns nine top five and 14 top 10 finishes in 62 career NCWTS starts.-Brad Keselowski Racing
Tyler Reddick, driver of the No. 19 Draw-Title/Reese Towpower Ford F-150 will be making his first Atlanta Motor Speedway NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start Saturday afternoon in the Hyundai Construction Equipment 200.
Reddick's Notes: Grabbed his first NCWTS victory last week at Daytona by .173 seconds over the second place truck. First victory came in his 18th career start, third on a restrictor plate track. Leads the NCWTS championship standings by six points - first time in his career he has been the points leader. Has one pole, two top fives and six top 10 finishes in 11 career superspeedway starts - best finish is fourth place (twice).-Brad Keselowski Racing
Carrying the momentum of a career best 12th place finish under the lights Friday night at the Daytona, Georgia native Korbin Forrester looks towards another strong run at the Atlanta Motor Speedway when the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competes in the Hyundai Construction Equipment 200.
The Cedartown, GA native is excited to get behind the wheel of the No. 08 Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery Chevrolet for his first NASCAR event in his home state, "Even though I’ve never run there before, I’m coming with the right group of people to be competitive with and a team who has experience at Atlanta that will help me get our Tilted Kilt Chevy up to speed quickly." It will also be Forrister’s first race on a mile-and a half speedway in the NCWTS.-SSRacingOnline PR
BK Racing continues to add to its driver roster, announcing Thursday that Matt DiBenedetto has joined the team and will compete part-time in the Sprint Cup Series this season.
Dibenedetto will initially split driving duties in the No. 83 BKR Toyota Camry with veteran driver Johnny Sauter, who raced the car and finished 19th in last Sunday’s season-opening Daytona 500. Dibenedetto is being immediately put into action, as he’ll attempt to qualify for Sunday’s QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. If he makes it, Dibenedetto will compete in his first career Sprint Cup race.
Jeff Gordon posted the fastest single lap in the afternoon test session at Atlanta. His top speed was 188.424 mph, which was posted early in his run. Gordon also posted the quickest 10-lap average in that session with a speed of 185.458 mph during his first 10 laps around the track.
The speeds were uniformly lower in the second session, but they were also tighter. Gordon beat Ryan Newman by only one-thousandth of a second in that session as NASCAR continues to search for parity among teams.
Kevin Harvick posted the quickest 10-lap average in the Thursday morning test session at Atlanta. He recorded a speed of 183.342 mph from his ninth through 18th laps.
Only four other drivers made long runs in the session, but two of them are among the weekly contenders. Harvick bettered Matt Kenseth (182.827 mph), Brett Moffitt (182.606), and Clint Bowyer (182.173).
Jamie McMurray posted the fastest single lap in Thursday morning’s test at Atlanta. His top speed was 191.549 mph, which was more than 1.3 mphs faster than teammate Kyle Larson who was second in that session.
With individual testing banned by NASCAR, these pre-weekend sessions give teams a chance to evaluate and become comfortable with the new aerodynamic package.
Michael McDowell and the No. 95 team blew an engine at Las Vegas last year in the second attempt of the season, while they still had plans to make all the races. Once they trimmed their schedule, results improved.
Five of the six races for which they qualified on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks ended in a narrow range of results from 29th to 32nd, which made them an interesting choice for the bottom salary cap slot.