Chastain and Blaney finishes 3rd and 21st at Talladega

"Leading at the white flag and not bringing home the trophy is never satisfying"

Ross Chastain, driver of the No. 19 Carbon Forged Reese Towpower Advance Auto Parts Ford F-150, made his 11th start for Brad Keselowski Racing (BKR) Saturday afternoon at Talladega Superspeedway.

Ryan Blaney and Ross Chastain
Ryan Blaney and Ross Chastain

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After a 7th place start, Chastain maneuvered his way up to the third spot by lap 7 when the first caution of the day fell for fluid on the track.

Chastain maintained a top 10 position in the early stages of the race. At lap 32, Chastain and teammate Blaney hooked up to rocket Chastain to the lead.

A series of caution flags and excellent drafting skills of Chastain put the No. 19 Reese Towpower Carbon Forged Advance Auto Parts Ford F-150 into the lead for the closing stages of the race.

Leading at the white flag, Chastain looked strong coming to the checkered until a huge wreck eliminated the 19 team's chances at victory, crossing the finish line in the third position.

The No. 19 BKR team currently sits third in the NCWTS owner points standings, 50 points back from first. Ryan Blaney, driver of the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150, made his second career start at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday afternoon.

When the first caution came out on lap 7, Blaney was directed by crew chief, Doug Randolph, to bring his Cooper Standard Ford to pit road for a fuel only stop.

When the race resumed, Blaney connected with teammate Ross Chastain to position Brad Keselowski Racing one-two at lap 32.

Blaney held his position towards the front of the field until his line slowed on the backstretch and he was wrecked by a driver behind him.

The Cooper Standard team was able to get Blaney back out on the track and home to a 21st place finish.

The No. 29 BKR team currently sits seventh in the NCWTS driver points standings, 104 points back from first.

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING "It was certainly a frustrating finish for all of us on the No. 19 Reese Towpower team. Leading at the white flag and not bringing home the trophy is never satisfying. I want to thank Brad Keselowski for the opportunity, looking forward to getting to Martinsville next Saturday hopefully we can bring him a win next weekend." - Ross Chastain

"What a disappointing afternoon for all of the Cooper Standard guys. We had a very good Truck, but not being able to battle for the lead was disappointing. I wish Martinsville was tomorrow, ready to get there." - Ryan Blaney

Brad Keselowski Racing

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Tags bkr, blaney, chastain, ford, talladega