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BKR Rookies Rebound with Solid Finishes

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Chase Briscoe and Austin Cindric entered Toyota Tundra 250 at the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway oval in hopes of a strong run after finishing the last two races outside the top-10.

On Friday night, they each started outside the top-10 but made their presence known quickly.

Briscoe began his charge at the drop of the green flag, but it wasn’t without incident. On Lap 11, he got loose while three-wide with Grant Enfinger and Kaz Grala, causing Enfinger to spin him around off turn two while Grala got away unscathed. With no damage for Briscoe, he was able to continue, working his way through the field to finish fifth.

“I feel like we had a good balance all night long,” Briscoe said. “The first run we were a little loose and got into Enfinger there. We were really in trouble if we weren’t up front in clean air. (We) struggled a little bit in (the) dirty air, but figured we could have probably finished second but got into the wall a little bit and into a lap car. Overall, a good day for the Cooper Standard F150.”

It took longer for Cindric to crack the top-10, but he worked his way up to seventh in the final stage. He’d fall back in the final stretch of laps to place 10th for his best-career finish in 10 Camping World Truck Series starts.

With both trucks running well, it gives them momentum entering Charlotte Motor Speedway after a successful test earlier this month. They both also ran good earlier this season at Atlanta, a fellow intermediate track, despite the box score, running in the top-10 till a pit road penalty for Cindric and a flat tire for Briscoe.

Historically, Brad Keselowski Racing has run well in the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 posting four top-fives in the past three races with their pair of trucks.

Last season, a fourth-place finish for Tyler Reddick kicked off a string of three top-fives over the next five races, putting himself in contention to qualify for the Chase. With Briscoe currently sitting fourth in points and Cindric 15th, a string of solid finishes through the summer will be critical for success this season.

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Ashley McCubbin

Currently the Executive Editor for Popular Speed, Ashley McCubbin also runs Short Track Musings, while handling media relations for OSCAAR. Currently living in Bradford, Ontario, she spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area taking photos.