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Homestead-Miami Speedway
Ford EcoBoost 200

Race Recap: Excellent work by the Cooper Standard Careers For Veterans pit crew spurred Tyler Reddick (@TylerReddick) to a second-place finish in the season-ending Ford EcoBoost 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race Friday night at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway.

Reddick claimed his eighth top-five finish of the 2016 season and clinched ninth place in the final driver championship standings.  The No. 29 Ford F-150 chassis that Reddick piloted at Homestead racked up its third top-five finish (including a victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Oct. 1) in four starts since debuting at Chicagoland (Joliet, Ill.) Speedway (race No. 16). 

Reddick started seventh and slipped back to 11th place during the opening run of the race - thanks to a very loose-handling Ford F-150 truck.  The first caution on lap 15 of the 134-lap race gave Reddick the chance to pit for four tires and a major chassis adjustment, and he lined up eighth when the green flag waved on lap 20.

Almost immediately, the handling condition improved on Reddick's No. 29 Cooper Standard Careers For Veterans Ford F-150.  He picked off four positions on the restart and held firm to fourth place until the second caution waved on lap 43.  He pitted on lap 44 and lightning quick work gave Reddick the lead on lap 45. 

Reddick held the top spot for the next three laps, but as the run wore on, his truck became more and more tight.  He fell in line in eighth place and did a good job managing his handling condition until the third caution on lap 84 gave him and crew chief Doug Randolph a chance to make adjustments. Reddick pitted on lap 85 for four tires and adjustments and lined up seventh for the restart on lap 88.

Reddick made the most of the adjustments and fresh tires.  He cut through traffic on the restart and was up to third place by lap 93. As the race entered its final quarter, Reddick was closing in on the leaders at the time of the final caution on lap 111, setting up one more round of four-tire stops for the leaders.

With the race on the line, the No. 29 pit crew delivered one of their fastest stops of the season, giving Reddick the lead on lap 112.  He held the lead through the restart on lap 115 and briefly scooted away from the field. But as the laps ticked away, William Byron began to slowly close in on Reddick.  On lap 125, Reddick lost the lead to his rival, and though he made a valiant effort over the final 10 laps, he couldn't chase down his competitor, scoring a second-place finish.   

What They Are Saying
Tyler Reddick - No. 29 Cooper Standard Careers For Veterans Ford F-150: 
"At the end of the race, I should have focused more on running better lap times for myself instead of trying to slow his [William Byron] laps down.  That worked well for a couple of laps and I was able to stall his momentum a little bit, but he got a run on me and made the pass. I was really happy at the start of that run, but just needed for it to be a little longer.  The Cooper Standard Careers For Veterans pit crew deserves a raise, because we wouldn't have had a shot at winning if it wasn't for their awesome pit stops. We had a lot of fun this year. We were still very fast at times, but just couldn't capitalize on those moments to win as many races as we would have liked."

Doug Randolph - Crew Chief, No. 29 Cooper Standard Careers For Veterans Ford F-150: "Our Cooper Standard Careers For Veterans pit crew had an awesome performance tonight and put us in position to win the race. They've gotten better and better every race this season, but they're really excelled over the past couple of months. This was a new group this year and they have worked really, really hard all year. It seemed like we were back and forth with our setup, but that's just part of keeping up with the racetrack. When we hit it, Tyler was really fast and we were really good at the end of the race when it counted most."