Brad Keselowski Racing announces 2015 driver, crew chief lineup
Brad Keselowski Racing on Tuesday announced its driver and crew chief lineup for the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season.
Tyler Reddick, 18, will drive the No. 19 Ford F-150 after making 16 starts for BKR in 2014, winning two poles and scoring nine top-10 finishes. His season was highlighted by three fourth-place finishes — at Chicagoland Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway and the fall race at Texas Motor Speedway. Doug Randolph will return as the team’s crew chief.
Meanwhile, the No. 29 BKR Ford will compete full-time for the 2015 owner championship featuring a rotation of four drivers: Team owner Brad Keselowski, 2014 Truck Series championship runner-up Ryan Blaney, Sprint Cup driver Joey Logano and newcomer Austin Theriault. Chad Kendrick returns as crew chief on the truck.
The move is a homecoming for Theriault, who spent the 2012 and 2013 seasons with Brad Keselowski Racing as part of the organization’s driver development program. The 20-year-old drove a partial schedule in the Southern Super Late Model Series while also working full-time in the team’s shop. The native of Fort Kent, Maine, is scheduled to compete in 13 races this season.
"I’m really, really excited to be coming back to BKR," Theriault said. "I’m coming back to where I started as a part of the Late Model development program. It’s huge for me to be behind the wheel of the Cooper Standard Ford F-150. I’m looking forward to sharing this truck and soaking up as much information as I can from them and being a better driver. BKR is so strong, and to be a part of this organization is a humbling opportunity for me."
Keselowski believes having Reddick and Theriault on the team’s driver roster accomplishes his goal of creating opportunities for young drivers to show their talent with a competitive race team.
"One of the things I wanted to do at BKR is give talented young drivers an opportunity," Keselowski said. "Both Tyler and Austin are perfect examples of what I’m trying to accomplish. We saw a lot of improvement with Tyler in 2014. He really stepped up his game during the second half of the season, and I certainly think he can compete for wins and challenge for a championship in 2015. Austin was part of our driver development program, so for him to have an opportunity to drive for us in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is pretty special."
Cooper Standard returns as primary sponsor of the No. 29 Ford, while Broken Bow Records and Cequent Performance — through its Draw-Tite, Reese and Bulldog brands — will share primary sponsorship of the No. 19 truck.
"I feel extremely fortunate to have Cooper Standard, Broken Bow Records and Cequent Performance partner with Brad Keselowski Racing again in 2015," Keselowski said. "Together we are a team in every sense of the word, and I’m looking forward to a successful season."