Rookie Ryan Blaney is third at Dove 200, BKR's Chastain is 16th

Brad Keselowski Racing teammates finished 16th (Ross Chastain) and 3rd (Brian Scott).

Ross Chastain, driver of the Brad Keselowski Racing Melon 1 Ford F-Series, started in the 11th position Friday at Dover International Speedway during the Lucas Oil 200. It was Chastain's fourth start for BKR after finishing in the top 10 at Charlotte Motor Speedway a few weeks ago.

Ryan Blaney
Ryan Blaney

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Chastain had an outstanding save on lap two, when the No. 7, the No. 8 and the No.17 trucks got tangled up in turn three, bringing out the first caution of the evening. Spotter, T.J. Majors, came on the radio as the madness was occurring, warning Chastain to back off the throttle immediately and stay high, which in turn saved his night from ending early.

All night long Chastain had been complaining of a loose Ford, telling his crew chief, Chad Kendrick, he needed to tighten up the Melon 1 Ford F-Series machine. Kendrick brought Chastain to pit road on lap 123 under green, changing all four tires, adding fuel and making a track bar adjustment.

NASCAR radioed in shortly after Chastain made it back on to the track telling the No. 19 BKR team they had to make a pass through under green, due speeding infraction on pit road. The pass through penalty put the No. 19 Ford F-Series two laps down, all but ending Chastain's night.

The Monster Mile handed the No. 19 BKR team a tough night to swallow, with the combination of bad luck on pit road and a mechanical failure with the track bar, Chastain and his Melon 1 team finished in the 16th position.

The No. 19 BKR team now sits 11th in the NCWTS owners point standings, 66 points back from first.

Ryan Blaney, driver of the Brad Keselowski Racing No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-Series, made his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start at Dover International Speedway Friday after posting a 4th place qualifying run earlier in the day.

Blaney got off to a strong start, consistently staying within the top five for the first long run of the night and only complaining of being loose in and tight off exit. The No. 57 spun on lap 45 bringing out the caution which prompted crew chief, Doug Randolph, to bring Blaney, who was in the fifth position at the time, to pit road for fuel, four tires, grill tape off and a track bar adjustment. The No. 29 pit crew did an exceptional job of retaining the fifth position for Blaney before the restart on lap 50.

Randolph brought the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-Series machine, which was in the second position, to pit road under green on lap 123 for fuel, four tires and up two rounds on the track bar. Blaney exited the pits and grabbed the fourth spot on track before closing in on third during lap 179.

Blaney continued to battle hard against the No. 17 and the No. 94 for third place as the Lucas Oil 200 closed in on the final laps. During the final restart of the night, with Blaney in the fourth position, he made one final push for third as the checkered flag fell, providing him his second third place finish of the 2013 season.

Miles the "Monster" tried to tame Blaney, but the youngster had other reservations in mind, as he was the highest finishing rookie -- posting a top five in his first ever NCWTS start at Dover.

The No. 29 BKR team currently sits fifth in the NCWTS drivers point standings, 44 points back from first and only 14 back from second.

Ross Chastain:"It was disappointing to say the least for our Melon 1 Ford team at Dover today. We just couldn't stay out of our own way. With a mechanical failure that hurt us early to a pit road penalty mid-race, we will go back to the drawing board and be ready for a solid run next week in Texas."

Ryan Blaney: "I am so proud of my Cooper Standard team. We all stuck to our game plan and executed thoroughly here today at Dover. I wish we could have been in victory lane, but I'll take a top three finish any day at a track as tough as this place. This is exactly the type of caliber team we have and I couldn't be happier with my guys. We will build on this success and carry it over to Texas next week."


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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Brad Keselowski , Brian Scott , Ross Chastain , Ryan Blaney
Article type Race report
Tags blaney, chastain, dover 200, ford, nascar-truck