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Brad Keselowski Racing announced Thursday its driver lineup for the No. 2 Ford F-150 in the upcoming NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) races at Dover International Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Austin Cindric will drive the entry in the Dover 200 on May 13 at Dover, while Austin Theriault will return to the driver’s seat for the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 on May 20 at Charlotte.
Cindric and Theriault join BKR’s full-time NCWTS contenders Daniel Hemric (No. 19) and Tyler Reddick (No. 29) in the pair of events.
Cindric, 17, made his NCWTS debut at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway with BKR last October, where he qualified 14th and ran well before a late-race incident relegated him to a 25th-place finish. His second NCWTS start came at Phoenix International Raceway a few weeks later, where he scored a respectable 14th-place finish.
“A track called the ‘Monster Mile’ shouldn’t be taken lightly,” Cindric said. “They tell me that the two truck races that I was able to do last year at Martinsville and Phoenix were difficult tracks to figure out, and I believe Dover will be the same. As I haven’t been able to test, I’ve been watching as much video as possible while reaching out to as many people as I can to pick their brain about what it takes to be fast at Dover. I’m just going in with no expectations, trying to absorb as much information as possible and have fun with it.”
22-year-old Theriault, who has 10 previous NCWTS starts with BKR, will be making his first appearance at Charlotte Motor Speedway. His one previous Truck Series start in 2016 came with BKR in the season-opening event at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, where he qualified fourth and led five times for a race-high 31 laps before a late-race accident left him with a 27th-place finish.
In 2015, Theriault claimed two top fives (a fourth-place finish in his first-ever series start at Daytona and fifth-place finish at Texas) and four top-10 finishes in nine starts.
“I was really proud of the effort at Daytona and how strong our performance was, and I feel like Charlotte won’t be any different,” Theriault said. “I’m going there with the expectation to win. I know we will have a strong Ford F-150 race truck at Charlotte and we plan to perform well, just like we did earlier this year at Daytona. At the end of the day, we want to win, and we have all the resources here at BKR to do just that at Charlotte.”
CREDIT: Brad Keselowski Racing